Open Call — The Reading Room

The Read­ing Room is cur­rently seek­ing a new body of pub­lic­a­tions and pub­lished pro­jects to add to those with­in its exist­ing archive, to be held with­in the col­lec­tion on a one-year loan basis…

The Read­ing Room is a pro­ject based in private spaces in Ber­lin, with the aim to main­tain, archive and rep­res­ent products of con­tem­por­ary art prac­tices evolving with­in prin­ted and pub­lished formats. The pro­ject presents a cur­ated selec­tion of over 50 artist’s pub­lic­a­tions (books, zines, magazines and news­pa­pers) and related pro­jects (such as fold-out posters or pub­lished audio pro­jects), from a range of inter­na­tion­ally based artists, both estab­lished and emer­ging.

In addi­tion to the tra­di­tion­ally known artist-made books, artist mono­graphs or exhib­i­tion cata­logues, the pub­lished format itself is now reg­u­larly viewed as a primary site for an artist’s engage­ment. While often con­sidered as sec­ond­ary to the more pre­val­ent present­a­tion space of the gal­lery, the act of pub­lish­ing has developed itself into a self-con­tained and highly res­on­ant meth­od of artist­ic expres­sion. The Read­ing Room focuses on the pub­lic­a­tion util­ised as medi­um and con­text for art prac­tices, in which the artists choose delib­er­ately and crit­ic­ally to engage with the format, using its mater­i­al­ity, edges and frame as tools for both visu­al and semant­ic com­mu­nic­a­tion.

The Read­ing Room is an ini­ti­at­ive of artists Domi­n­ique Hurth and Ciarán Walsh.

More sub­mis­sion details you’ll find here.