Publishing—Art—Communism: Symposium and Book Launch on the Materiality of Experimental Publishing

 

Event Date: 2 June 2017
MayDay Rooms
88 Fleet St
London EC4Y 1DH

 

MayDay Rooms presents:

PUBLISHING—ART—COMMUNISM

Symposium and Book Launch on the Materiality of Experimental Publishing

The diffusion of digital media has led not so much to the death of the book as the multiplication of publishing forms, tools, and processes. Print is at once displaced and given a new impetus. For we find in art publishing, small press communism, conceptual writing, and other fields, a renewed attention to the ‘media-specific practices’ (Katherine Hayles) of print, to their hybridisation with digital platforms, and to techniques of the capitalist capture of text. This ‘post-digital condition’ is the context for our symposium on the many forms and materialities of experimental publishing in art and politics, where publishing is taken in an expanded sense that includes, and is constitutive of, formations of writing and reading (Rachel Malik).
Our aim for the symposium is twofold: to explore the specificities of experimental publishing in art and politics, and of their cross-fertilisation; and to politicise publishing form and practice, toward a communism of material text. We invite practitioners and theorists – as well as the publishing curious – to come and join the discussion, which will be held in the delightful surrounds of the MayDay Rooms archive of radical publishing.

Speakers: Nina Power (University of Roehampton; series editor at Book Works), Eva Weinmayr (AND Publishing), Nick Thurston (Artists’ Writings and Publications Centre, University of Leeds; Information as Material), Anthony Iles (Mute Magazine; Anguish Language) and Nick Thoburn (University of Manchester; author of Anti-Book).

Introduction by Nick Thoburn (University of Manchester; author of Anti-Book):

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Nick Thurston (Artists’ Writings and Publications Centre, University of Leeds) – My ‘I’ is too Small:

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Eva Weinmayr (AND Publishing) – Socialised Production – Socialised Distribution:

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Nick Thoburn (University of Manchester) – Tweet, Book, Riot: Communist Post-Digital Publishing against Race:

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Anthony Iles (Mute Magazine; Anguish Language) – Glossary of Refuse:

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Nina Power (University of Roehampton; series editor at Book Works) – Reading Riotously: Communism, Law and the Book

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