Publishing Class is an imprint of DAI Publications, a collection of artists’ books jointly published by the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie. Publishing Class is also a curriculum designed by Casco for artists studying at the DAI, and is oriented around the act of publishing as a critical art practice that cultivates publicness and allows for versatile forms of dissemination.
DAI Publications was founded in 2003 by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Head of Program at the DAI, where the Werkplaats Typografie was invited as an initial partner. The DAI and the Werkplaats Typografie, both located in Arnhem, are Master's programs at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, one of the major arts universities in the Netherlands. Since its inception around 100 artists’ books have been published. Until 2011 an annually appointed collection editor supervised the series. From 2010 on, Casco developed a regular curriculum within the DAI structure, resulting in Publishing Class.
The concept and framework of Publishing Class is developed by Binna Choi, director of Casco. Yolande van der Heide, publishing coordinator for Casco, is the managing editor. Since the 2012-2013 edition, art critic, curator, and castillo/corrales member Benjamin Thorel is a core tutor and Janine Armin is editor.
Previous editions of Publishing Class include:
- INLAND Class, October 2015-July 2016
- Publishing Class V: INLAND, September 2014-September 2015
- Publishing Class IV: Community in Print, September 2013-September 2014
- Publishing Class III: How to Live Together, September 2012-September 2013
- Publishing Class 2010–2012
Previous collaborations with the Dutch Art Institute:
- We Correspondents, 15 January–5 June 2009
All Publishing Class books are available at our bookshop!