14 September 2013–17 June 2014 / Casco HQ
Community in Print focuses on serial publishing inspired by art-publishing enterprises that were for the most part in series form: from magazines prevalent in the 1970s like the American counterculture catalog, published by writer Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog or the collective General Idea’s FILE magazine, to more contemporary examples such as artist, critic, philosopher, and writer workgroup Chto Delat’s newspaper that takes the name of the collective, the bilingual magazine Pages, which looks into the Iranian context and initiated by Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi or artist Can Atlay’s journal Ahali.
What is significantly common among them is their self-institutional agency. Be it a journal, magazine, or periodical, they offer a space for ongoing, self-disciplinary practices of artistic research. This space, in turn, forms a community of readers and interferes in existing cultural spheres.
We call upon the participants in the DAI program to develop their own magazine or any form of serial publication—with the first edition launched over the course of the 10 months of sessions. This inherently evolves in tandem with establishing a form of long-term inquiry, which we find essential to singular artistic practices. The emphasis is also given to the operation of feedback into communities with whom the publications try to engage. The students are thereby encouraged to exchange with their readership, fostering a generous network of ideas and activities. In this manner, publishing is understood as a “tool” of self-education and self-constituency that can be used in the development of communities.