Publishing As Performance

21 June 2009, 14:00–18:00 / Utrecht
Book launch of The Publications Project 2009 by the Dutch Art Institute 
Boat tours every 30 min. Limited seats. Reservation recommended ( 
For more information, please check our website or contact Delphine Bedel and Gabriëlle Schleijpen. 

Succeeding the last year edition at Casco, we are happy to host the book launch event Publishing As Performance, which presents a new collection of 16 publications varying from magazines, essays, books, playing cards and artist editions to performance artifacts, all outcomes of the annual The Publications Project by the Dutch Art Institute (DAI)* edited by artist/curator Delphine Bedel.  

The two-fold book launch event is conceptualized by Delphine Bedel and the dramaturge-director David Weber-Krebs. It expands on the idea of performativity and the circulation of printed matters whereby a series of one-to-one encounters with the artists of the publications is made on a boat touring the canals in the vicinity of Casco. The journey or “a choreography of events” involves storytelling, games, scripted moments that unwind from the publications. Secondly, Temporary Bookshops, which is a traveling project by the Berlin-based distribution company Motto is installed at Casco. Next to the DAI publications, various other publications by artists and designers worldwide are available for viewing. 

The Publications Project is an experimental annual research and production platform by DAI that aims to address the specific process of artist book production from concept and design to distribution. Since 2003, designers from the Werkplaats Typografie and artists from DAI (both master programmes of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts) are invited to team up in couples and develop one project, in close collaboration with an author. This year “publishing as performance” emerged as the overriding topic, as a concern central to many of the printed matter produced. Through very diverse perspectives and practices the artists and designers reflect upon publishing as a versatile medium. 

Next to this occasion, DAI has organized another activity 6 Years: The Collection at Shashin art bookshop in Amsterdam. The dispersion of DAI publications over six years and designed in collaboration with Werkplaats Typografie will be reunited in the bookstore to form a library. The extrinsic conditions, temporality and histories belonging to each publication will shape the library curated by artist Emily Williams. Please note that the opening takes place on Saturday 27 June from 15:00 till 19:00. 

*The Dutch Art Institute (DAI) is an MFA program that provides emerging artists with an international platform for exchange, collaboration and dialogue with peers as well as with established practitioners and theoreticians. 



Book launch concept by: Delphine Bedel and david Weber-Krebs

Publications by: Buba Cvoric & Marina Tomic, Teresa Diaz Nerio, Kevin Drager, Tvika Gutter, Rana Hamadeh, Raymond Huizinga, Yota Ioannidou, Seda Manavoglu, Sasha Miljevic, Hidenori Mitsue, Barbara Philipp, Tatia Skhirtladze, Suzanne van Rest, Yen Yitzu/Itz, Manami Yoshimoto.
Designers: Marc Hollenstein, Alex DeArmond, Jeremy Jannsen, Hyo Kwon, Julie Peeters, Stephen Serrato, Joris van Aken, Julie van Severen, Dries Wiewouters.

Contributions by: Alena Alexandrova, Tina Bastajian, Jessica Beebone, Florian Bettel, Sandra Alvarado Bordas, Francesco Bernardelli, Samira Borovik Brandao, Carole Counihan, Grzegorz Dmochowski, John Doe, Simone Duwel, Hala Elkoussy, Yannis Eustathopoulos, Philip Jenks, Vesna Madzoski, David Morrow, Sands Murray-Wassink, Sabina Pasic, Patricia Pulles, Anda Stamati, Marko Stamenkovic and Jovana Stokic.

With the support of Goethe-Institute, Amsterdam, Stichting Stokroos, Utrecht. Thanks to the Netherland-America Foundation, Inc., Anniek Brattinga, Yannick Bouillis, Binna Choi, Bernd Klinger and Uli Kühn, Joris Kritis, Hilly Podde, Alexis Zavialoff.

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