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Filière papier – Filière expo

Exhibition from October 31, 2003 to January 17, 2004
Opening Thursday October 30, 2003, from 6 PM
View of the exhibition <em>Paper field - exhibition Field</em>, Centre d'édition contemporaine, Genève, 2003

View of the exhibition Paper field – exhibition Field

In order to pursue our investigation into the field of the multiple and to consider it as a field of experimentation and test site, this year we have chosen to shift our perspective towards objects that straddle the border between the artistic and commercial systems. Throughout 2003 we have been showcasing publications that operate outside the constraints of traditional channels of distribution and communication, with multiples such as posters and portfolios, fanzines, Xerox books, newspapers and free magazines, distributed – before or after the exhibition – by hand, through the mail, or in public places such as bars, stores, galleries, art centers and museums, …

These light and offbeat alternative editorial practices that remained the province of artists in the past have recently been adopted by exhibition curators, contemporary art centers and graphic designers. Today cheap and speedily produced publications can be used as tools for communication and information both for exhibition projects and for art critics looking for independent media supports.

The expansion of this type of publications has lead us – after having produced similar projects in the past – to invite four independent curators who also often act as editors or publishers, Jacob Fabricius (DK), Maria-Inès Rodriguez (CO/FR), Alexis Vaillant and Eva Svennung (FR). In addition to a wide variety of activities, each are involved in rethinking and liberating curatorial practice from the predetermined role of the curator or the institution director. They have often reinvented contexts and presentation modes and created new attitudes to encounters with the spectators. Independently from each other and in very personal ways, each of these curators has developed strategies giving them more autonomy in relation to institutions (museums, art centers) or the market (art fairs, galleries), by transforming or subverting living spaces: an apartment, a hair salon, a storefront, a bar, public benches or even more directly, the street. The moment of exchange and communication can alternatively be a party, a concert, an event with or without a public, a book, writing, critical texts, or even a direct and personal intervention in the creative process, i.e. real “artistic” collaborations. With no preconceived idea about the value of each particular media, all these different approaches function as a commentary, a distancing mechanism, a critical gesture.
The aim of this exhibition is precisely to showcase innovative and sometimes ironic positions that operate outside the current conventions of contemporary art and exhibition practice, and of the field of publishing and multiples as well, through three new publication projects (5 Xerox artist’s books proposed by Jacob Fabricius, the issue n°5 of the Valdez magazine founded by the Valdez family and Maria-Inès Rodriguez, and issues n°1, 2, 3 and 4 of Pacemaker by Toasting Agency, a structure created by Eva Svennung and Alexis Vaillant) which each advocate, in their individual way, a lighter approach to distribution systems.

Jacob Fabricius/Pork Salad Press (DK) : publication of 5 text/image artists book (A5, Xerox, between 16 and 32 pages, 200 copies each), by Céline Duval (FR), Katie Holten (IS), Roman Ondak (SK), Josef Strau (DE), Mads Ranch Kornum (DK).

Jacob Fabricius is a very independent curator and a prolific publisher based in Copenhagen. After collaborating with the Nicolas Wallner gallery, he opened an independent art space dedicated to video and curated a number of group exhibitions. He was a part of the curatorial team for Momentum (Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2000) and published books through his imprint, Pork Salad Press. He recently opened a small bookshop named Appendiks in Copenhagen and continues working as an independent curator, always proposing innovative and unusual projects that create a direct relationship with the spectator and public space or a more physical and personal involvement. For Rent-a-bench (2002), for example, he invited 36 artists to propose a piece for the advertising spaces of Los Angeles bus stop benches. With Sandwiched (in New York) (2003), he turned himself into a living billboard and walked around for three hours each day wearing one of the boards produced by the invited artists. In his own words: “The sandwich board project is about getting involved directly with the public audience in the streets, testing the role of the curator, making him or her vulnerable, and examining how an artist’s work can be displayed outside commercial or institutional structures”.
The five photocopied artist’s booklets produced by Jacob Fabricius for the Cec are characteristic of the close relationship he entertains with artists. This enables him to produce these small books very quickly, lightly and with very little funds, in a spirit reminiscent of the artists themselves.

Maria-Inès Rodriguez and the Valdez Family (CO/FR/US) : publication of issue n°5, Valdez de oro-anthologie des revolutions of the artists’ magazine Valdez, produced in collaboration with three artists: Lucas Ospinas (CO/US), François Bucher (US/FR) and Bernardo Ortiz (CO). The periodical primarily brings together texts and projects by both artists and critics, as well as interviews, inserts, images and drawings, … Every issue includes a flip-book movie in the bottom right hand corner of each page, by an invited artist, Leandro Katz. Valdez de oro is designed by Lucas Ospina (19,5 x 13 cm, 270 pages, black/white, French-English-Spanish, 500 copies each, free).

Valdez is a magazine which was founded in 1995. It was created in Bogota by three artists: Lucas Ospina, François Bucher and Bernardo Ortiz. The magazine comes in a novel format. Most of the texts in the first issue were written by the three publishers/artists, in opposition to traditional magazines: instead of focusing on the news and having a large number of correspondents, Valdez stubbornly refused to depend on current events and remained an “auteur” publication. It looked towards the long rather than the short term. Valdez n°5 is a special issue, the Gold Valdez, an anthology of revolutions. The word “revolution” is used in a wider sense here, as something both individual and collective, microscopic and macroscopic, both inside and outside. Correspondents to this issue were asked to either present a new text or to rescue an already-existing work from obscurity.

Valdez is a magazine that was started in 1995 by three artists in Bogotá, Colombia. It has a small format and traditionally includes a flip-book movie on its lower right hand corner. In the first number the only participant writers were the three editors and the articles that they chose to translate to Spanish. This was recklessly justified by the claim that Valdez was doing the opposite of what the magazine genre prescribes. Instead of emphasizing the “new” it remained stubbornly unrelated to current events, instead of having a multiplicity of correspondents it claimed to be an “author magazine”. Since then its correspondents have become more numerous. It nevertheless maintains a steady anachronous pace.

Eva Svennung et Alexis Vaillant/Toasting Agency (FR) : publication of a free newspaper, Pacemaker, foldout, 148.5 x 210 mm, double-sided, 7000 copies, English and/or French. Four issues coming out between Spring 2003 (1st issue May, 2nd issue June for ArtBasel and Liste 03, 3rd issue for the opening of paper field-exhibition field, and the last one at the end of 2003). Art direction of each issue by a new designer (n°1 by Devalence, Paris; n°2 by Swiss artist Valentin Carron; n°3 by Sylvia Tournerie/3 points, Paris, …)

Toasting Agency was founded in 1999 by Eva Svennung (curator, editor) and Alexis Vaillant (curator, editor and critic), to elaborate and produce contemporary art projects. It is an office which produces projects of variable dimensions and speeds; a mobile laboratory of artistic services, an organ for their distribution; a cell as much involved in the exploration of concepts as in the production of artworks, in the projection of films as in the realization of publications, debates and points of view. Pacemaker wants to de-compartmentalize the current critical terrain without falling into a thematic or column-oriented editorial eclecticism. In order to do so, it take on a fanzine form. Pacemaker is: underground, because it is conceived together with artists; irreverent, because it does not attempt to produce a literature “about” art; open, because it directs one back to the “complete works”. It is also constantly refurbished through an art direction commissioned from new people every time. Most importantly the editorial team of Pacemaker aims to produce raw materials, impulsions, shorts-circuits, deformatting, waysides, and then to gracefully disseminate this content (for free, from hand to hand, in personalized mailings, distribution networks, availability for free in specific cafés, clubs, art centers, contemporary art museums, …).
Pacemaker is a quarterly. Each issue partially opens its columns to what preoccupies, nourishes, irritates, determines and motivates artists and writers, i.e. those who disapprove of the general climate of cynicism or will not admit that art criticism has missed the train of an art of the present that has supposedly become anecdotical and harmless.

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2019

TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LE CEC à la LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches !
“A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations”


2018

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invites Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève


2017

Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette


2016

Presentation of the book
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Presentation of the edition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Works on paper
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève


2015

Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève


2014

WINTER SALE
AND
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève


2013

Artissima, Turin
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève


2012

Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich


2011

Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Presentation of the book
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava


2010

Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
“Encadrées”
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart


2009

Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris


2008

EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Presentation of
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
at Maison de la poésie, Basel
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes


2007

Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève


2006

The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006


2005

Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar


2004

Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo


2003

Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg


2002

Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale


2001

Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker


2000

Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999


1999

KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions


1998

One Step Backwards: Books,
prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
lithographs


1997

Multiples of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples


1996

Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel


1995

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Editions of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Claude Lévêque
Sans titre
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles


1994

Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition


1993

Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon


1992

Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi


1991

Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !


1990

Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition


1989

Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes