Exhibition/​Store — BOOKIE

BOOK­IE is the first in Poland com­pre­hens­ive and focused present­a­tion of pub­lic­a­tions by artists and small pub­lish­ing offices open­ing on June 25th, 2011

The exhib­i­tion will be held in the new premises of Piktogram/​BLA, or, more pre­cisely, with­in a space that is des­ig­nated for the present­a­tion of pro­jects loosely asso­ci­ated with pub­lish­ing, print­ing, record­ing, copy­ing, and dis­tri­bu­tion. A few dozen pub­lic­a­tions selec­ted by the exhibit’s cur­at­or, Honza Zamojski (founder of Morava Books), will be dis­played on shelves, in dis­play cab­in­ets and in less obvi­ous arrange­ments.

Selec­ted prin­ted mat­ter such as books, fan­zines, cata­logues, albums, news­pa­pers, and magazines  will demon­strate a wide range and diversity of one of the most intriguing cul­tur­al phe­nom­ena of recent years, i.e. self-pub­lish­ing (which con­tin­ues to devel­op at a fast pace). Is self-pub­lish­ing only a fad or rather an attempt at a ser­i­ous reflec­tion over the dis­tri­bu­tion of know­ledge? Or per­haps this is a nos­tal­gia-driv­en epi­gon­ism of the last “ana­logue” gen­er­a­tion? It is hard to provide an unequi­voc­al answer to these ques­tions. One thing is cer­tain, how­ever: the very medi­um of prin­ted paper has changed. There is a need for rede­fin­ing it and the ease of use and access­ib­il­ity of vari­ous print­ing tech­no­lo­gies facil­it­ate exper­i­ments. All of a sud­den books have becomes “exhib­i­tions”, “paint­ings” or “sculp­tures” and their recep­tion has changed accord­ingly.

Dis­played (and sold) dur­ing the exhib­i­tion will be pub­lic­a­tions that have nev­er been presen­ted in Poland before, e.g. by Dav­id Hor­vitz and Rick Myers art­books, con­cep­tu­al fan­zines of the Insti­tute of Social Hypo­crisy or books by the Slavs and Tatars col­lect­ive that explore the fron­ti­er of Europe and Asia. There will also be some earli­er, archiv­al items, which on account of their con­tent or design may be linked with the con­tem­por­ary pub­lic­a­tions presen­ted dur­ing the show.

Print is dead!’ ‘Is print dead?’ Book­ies might actu­ally start accept­ing bets.”
 — Pikto­gram

With the par­ti­cip­a­tion of: AKV Ber­lin, Alex­is Zavia­loff, Archive Books, Aus­druck Books, Cez­ary Bodzi­anowski, Chris­toph­er L G Hill, Dav­id Hor­vitz, Dex­ter Sin­is­ter, Dyn­asty Zine, Édi­tions FP&CF, Insti­tute of Social Hypo­crisy, Jes­per Fabricius/​Space Poetry, JSBJ, Kings­boro Press, KLTB, Morava, Motto Dis­tri­bu­tion, Paraguay Press, Pikto­gram, Pinups, Rick Myers, Slavs and Tatars, TTC, etc.

BOOK­IE @ Piktogram/​BLA
Min­ska 25 [Soho Fact­ory]
03 – 808 Warsz­a­wa

from June 25th to July 31st, 2011
Open­ing: June 25th at 8 pm


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