Exhibition — Archizines @ AA School

Photo by Sue Barr


Arch­iz­ines invites you to an exhib­i­tion cel­eb­rat­ing Archi­tec­tur­al Fan­zines and Altern­at­ive Pub­lish­ing Phe­nomen­on at the Archi­tec­ture Asso­ci­ation School in Lon­don, open­ing on Novem­ber 4th 2011

From photo-copied and print-on-demand news­let­ters such as Anoth­er Pamph­let, Scape­goat and Pre­ston is My Par­is, to beau­ti­ful magazines such as Mark, Spam and PIN-UP – Arch­iz­ines cel­eb­rates and pro­motes the recent resur­gence of altern­at­ive and inde­pend­ent archi­tec­tur­al pub­lish­ing from around the world.

The exhib­i­tion, cur­ated by Eli­as Red­stone, ori­gin­ated as an online pro­ject and show­cases 60 archi­tec­ture magazines, fan­zines and journ­als from over 20 coun­tries. From Aus­tralia and Argen­tina to the UK and USA, these inde­pend­ent pub­lic­a­tions are refram­ing how people relate to their built envir­on­ment – tak­ing com­ment and cri­ti­cism out of just an archi­tec­tur­al arena and into every­day life. The titles also provide plat­forms for archi­tec­tur­al research and debate, and demon­strate the resid­ual love of the prin­ted word and paper page – provid­ing an anti­dote to digit­al pub­lish­ing. Made by archi­tects, artists and stu­dents, they add an import­ant, and often rad­ic­al, addi­tion to archi­tec­tur­al dis­course. Each magazine is avail­able to read in the exhib­i­tion along with video inter­views with their cre­at­ors talk­ing about their work. 

 An accom­pa­ny­ing cata­logue, pub­lished by Bed­ford Press, fur­ther explores the rela­tion­ship between archi­tec­ture and pub­lish­ing with con­tri­bu­tions from Pedro Gadanho (Bey­ond), Iker Gil (MAS Con­text), Adam Mur­ray (Pre­ston is my Par­is), Rob Wilson (Block), Mimi Zei­ger (Max­im­um Max­im MMX/​loudpaper) and more. Themes addressed in a series of new essays include the role of pub­lish­ing in aca­demia and archi­tec­tur­al prac­tice, and the rep­res­ent­a­tion of archi­tec­ture in fic­tion­al writ­ing, pho­to­graphy, magazines and fan­zine cul­ture.

To coin­cide with the exhib­i­tion the full Arch­iz­ines col­lec­tion is being trans­ferred to the Nation­al Art Lib­rary at the V&A. By provid­ing a per­man­ent home for the pub­lic­a­tions col­lec­ted as part of this research pro­ject, this peri­od of pub­lish­ing activ­ity will be avail­able as a pub­lic resource for gen­er­a­tions to come.”
 — Eli­as Red­stone (Cur­at­or & Founder of Arch­iz­ines)

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture

36 Bed­ford Square
Lon­don WC1B 3ES

Novem­ber 5th to Decem­ber 14th 2011
Private view: Novem­ber 4th 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30pm