OEI #79: edit/publish/distribute!
The 79th issue of the magazine OEI
is a special issue published in the form of a spatial presentation at Moderna Museet during the period 17/2–1/4. It deals with editing/publishing/distributing – in an experimental montage of different editorial practices in an expanded field between art, poetry, film, documents, theory and historiography.
To publish a magazine is not only a matter of producing a physical artifact, but also, and to an ever increasing extent, a matter of intervening in and acting for an entire ecology of publishing, where the possibilities of new and unprejudiced readings incessantly have to be created in new constellations and contexts. OEI #79 emphasizes the material and technical production of a magazine, scanning and printing, editing processes and forms of distribution, but also the magazine as an aesthetic and playful investigative practice, and the forms of social life made possible by editorial assemblages and encounters between people and groups from various fields and disciplines.
OEI #79 includes some hundred participants from different generations and geographical horizons in a multi-medial and multi-temporal montage distributed in clusters and sequences over walls, tables, shelves and floor. The challenge is to edit in three and – sometimes – four dimensions. The editorial enunciation circulates between magazines and books, sound-pieces and video-works, projections and displays in exhibition-cases, and aims to raise questions about visualization, reading, attention and criticality, distribution and the infrastructure of publishing. This is realized by means of a thematization of shifting speeds of reading and viewing, a montage between the readable and the visible, between text and image.
A number of important points of gravity in OEI #79 are constituted by inventive and continuously generative, but far too unheeded publishing projects such as Art Distribution, Wedgepress & Cheese, After Hand and Kulturmagasinet Vargen. The artist Lars Fredrikson’s works on books by the poet Claude Royet-Journoud accentuate the violent and yet fragile character of reading, whereas the typographer Gerold Propper, on the contrary, seeks a utopian readability by means of experiments with ”typograms” and book design. A publication that in an exemplary way carries several forms of display is Berndt Petterson’s I Påsen(Cavefors 1965). It is simultaneously an artist’s book, a booklet of visual poetry, an exhibition and a concrete form of distribution: the bag!
In parallel to such ’historical’ examples, OEI #79 also encompasses a long series of contemporary artistic and poetic practices of editing and publishing, ranging from the works by Åse Eg Jørgensen on paper and format to Tan Lin’s ambient investigations of the negotiations of the book and the act of publishing in digital environments and systems; from Stina Persson’s photocopied night sky and Marco Giovenale’s ”asemic writing” (a writing where the semantic meaning is receding behind the visual dimension) to Ana Luiza Dias Batista’s digital paper and franck leibovici’s mapping of the magazines by Claude Royet-Journoud.
Editorial practice, Nils Olsson writes in an essay in OEI #79, is the name of proceedings that today intervene in and traverse all fields of culture, all situations and functions. The promise of the editorial practice consists in its ”productive reluctance to take the prevailing differentiations between competences and media for granted”. Editorial practice operates ”on the very spot where general, specific, technical, ideological, historical and aesthetical conditions of articulation converge – which is also the only point from where it is practically possible to transform these conditions”. To edit is to work with what exists, but at the same time to make this into something more. Edit/publish/distribute!
As a part of OEI #79, we are organizing a series of conversations, presentations and lectures related to editing and publishing during five Friday evenings between February 23 and March 23. Communities of publishers, artists, poets and philosophers from Denmark, France, Portugal and Sweden will then join us at Moderna Museet.
Friday 16 Feb. at 18–23
Moderna Museet Stockholm 17/2 – 1/4
At 18:30: Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, welcomes guests and introduces OEI #79. Jonas (J) Magnusson and Cecilia Grönberg, editors of OEI magazine, present their work on this spatial special edition on editing, publishing and distribution. The design studio Eller med a (Karen Grønneberg, Marte Meling Enoksen, Lotte Grønneberg) talk about the typographical design of the issue. Gaël Fredrikson talks about Lars Fredrikson, one of the featured artists. Reading by the poet UKON. At 20–23: The evening continues in Moderna Bar. DJ: Staffan Lundgren.
On five Friday evenings in February and March, we present the ideas and opinions of a number of experiment-oriented publishing houses, journals, publishing initiatives, artists, researchers, philosophers and poets. This series is held in conjunction with the publication of #79 of OEI magazine. Based on their individual perspectives and practices, the invited guests will highlight and discuss editorial strategies, and the critical potential, innovative forms and productive communities of publishing. Edited Friday! showcases an ecology of artistic publishing alternatives in Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and France, listening in on some contemporary initiatives that re-energise editing, publishing and distribution. The programme also digs deep into the history of alternative publishing, including Ernesto de Sousa’s genre-transgressing work as a critic, artist, film-maker and curator in Portugal throughout the 1960s-, 70s and 80s, and the Swedish arts journal Vargen (The Wolf, 1974–75) with its idiosyncratic blend of dada, pop and anarchism.
Friday 23 February, 2018
Highlighting Danish publishing dynamics
Antipyrine and Monsieur Antipyrine
; forlaget/tidsskriftet * [asterisk]; Emancipa(t/ss)ionsfrugten; Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology; Ovo Press and Pist Protta
.Today’s independent publishing scene in Denmark spans a plethora of projects driven by a contagious desire for investigation and experiment. As Mathias Kokholm writes in a fresh manifesto on publishing: ”…books are an explorative structure that transcends or erodes the institutional boundaries primarily between art, literature and theory”.Participating editors, artists and poets: Ida Bencke, Gitte Broeng, Jesper Fabricius, Rasmus Graff, Kasper Hesselbjerg, Absalon Kirkeby, Mathias Kokholm and Lasse Krog Møller.With support by Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.Friday 2 March, 2018
Maps, journals and artistic publishing practices
The artist Isabel Carvalho (Porto) presents her work in the interface between publication and space. The poet and artist Franck Leibovici (Paris) talks on the “ecologies of artistic practices”, based on the map over Claude Royet-Journoud’s magazines he made for OEI #79. The evening opens with a talk between Rolf Börjlind, Ann-Marie Regild and Olle Granath (Stockholm) on what was arguably the most radically open journal project in 1970s Sweden, the arts magazine Vargen (The Wolf).
With support by Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.
Friday 9 March, 2018
Investigative books / the book as investigation
Release of two new books in the series OEI undersökningar: Anteckningar om kojan, naturen och några andra saker (Notes sur la nature, la cabane et quelques autres choses), by the philosopher and writer Gilles A. Tiberghien, and Barndom och historia (Infancy and History: The Destruction of Experience), by the philosopher Giorgio Agamben.
Gilles A. Tiberghien (Paris) lectures on huts as privileged places for encounters between art and nature – a kind of laboratory for theoretical and practical experimentation. If houses are where we are rooted, huts are transitional spaces, temporary bricolages where we can withdraw from the world while being in it. Huts are like doors into nature, open places for thinking, writing and creating art. There are plenty of examples, from Descartes’ room with a stove, and Thoreau’s small house by Walden Pond, to Wittgenstein’s cabin in Norway, or Kawamata’s tree huts in France, Germany, China and the USA.
The poet and translator Gustav Sjöberg presents his Swedish translation of Agamben’s Infancy and History.
Friday 16 March, 2018
“Aesthetic operators” in experimental Portuguese art and poetry during the 1960s, 70s and 80s
Rui Torres (Porto) talks on PO.EX – experimental poetry in Portugal in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The custodian of the Ernesto de Sousa archives, Isabel Alves (Lisbon) and the philosopher José Miranda Justo (Lisbon) in a talk on the artist, film-maker, curator and critic Ernesto de Sousa, and the pivotal exhibition “Alternativa Zero” in Lisbon, in 1977.
Friday 23 March, 2018
Other publishing paths, other publishing worlds
An evening with a firework display of seven Swedish investigative publishing houses and structures.
Art Distribution (Percival), BILAGA (Mari Lagerquist and Lina Persson), Chateaux (Beata Berggren, Martin Högström and Peter Thörneby), Firework Edition (Leif Elggren and Thomas Liljenberg), Mount Analogue (Diana Kaur and Tris Vonna-Michell), tillexempel förlag (Kristian Carlsson) and Rönnells förlag (Pekka Särkiniemi).
Presentations, performances, releases, talks, encounters.