You are invited to join the Bookies seminar this weekend, April 14th to 15th 2012 at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. In occasion of Bookies two exhibitions on independent art publishing at Myymälä2 and Napa Gallery will open…
“Bookies is a seminar on artist- and designer—led publishing as a vehicle for artistic expression and mode of distribution of contemporary art today. By two month-long exhibitions and a weekend seminar of talks and discussions by key figures in the field, Bookies will consider the current shifts in independent art publishing and its design that are shaping the ways we experience contemporary art. The two exhibitions will set the discussed ideas into visual context in the practice of the participating artists.
Aimed at professionals, students and enthusiasts alike, both the two-day seminar and the two month-long exhibitions are free for all to attend. With Bookies we hope to help build bridges between art and its audience, the work and its representation through design.”
Friday April 13th
18:00–20:00 opening at Napa Gallery, Eerikinkatu 18: Nieves Zine Library and Michael Swaney & Stephen Smith (Scrollster). Launch of Swaney’s new zine on Nieves and two new Napa books by Jenni Rope and Joost Stokhof
Saturday April 14th
13:00 Welcome: Tuukka Kaila
13:15 Urs Lehni Säde: Voluminous letters to friends – book-design, printing, publishing and collaboration
13:45 Terhi Ekebom: Declaration of love for books
15:15 Indrek Sirkel: About Publishing – independent publishing in Estonia
15:45 Artist talk: Michael Swaney ja Stephen Smith (Scrollster)
18:00–20:00 opening at Myymälä2 Gallery, Uudenmaankatu 23: Linus Bill, Erik van der Weijde, Jérémie Egry, Aurélien Arbet. Launch of a new book This Is Not My Wife by Erik van der Weijde and a book by Arbet and Egry.
Sunday April 15th
11:00 Jenni Rope: My history of bookmaking
11:30 Alexis Zavialoff: Shelf Life
12:00 Q & A with artists: Linus Bill, Erik van der Weijde, Aurélien Arbet, Jérémie Egry
13:30 Joseph Allen Shea: Print is Dead. Long Live Print
14:00 Kristoffer Albrecht: The Independent Finnish Photobook
14:30 Tuomas Jääskeläinen: Confessions of a magazine junkie
Bookies Seminar talks will take place at the seminar room of Kiasma Finnish museum of contemporary art. In the lobby of the museum, the participating publishers and Motto Distribution will host a sales table, where a selection of their catalogs will be available for sale browsing. This is a unique opportunity to see and get a hold of many titles otherwise unavailable in Finland. Admission to talks and exhibitions is free.
Find addresses and further informations on Bookies website