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Miss Read Stage 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

17:15 The Unwanted Fish? Scandinavian Publishing today
B-B-B-Books,, Hverdag Books, Lodret Vandret, Timglaset, Trema Förlag

Six short presentations by publishers, artists, authors and designers from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, will introduce the audience to this years focus on the Scaninavian countries. The presentations are followed by a Q&A.

18:15 Prist Protta

Jesper Fabricius

Jesper Fabricius will talk about the Pist Protta art magazine. Founded in 1981 as a mix between artist book and magazine.

19:00 Publishing in Architecture,
a symposion organized by ARCH+

With: Mark Wigley (Columbia University), Sandra Bartoli (Architektur im Gebrauch), Mirko Zardini (Canadian Centre for Architecture), Olaf Grawert (Brandlhuber+), Cedric Libert (CIVA Fondation pour l’architecture), Carlo Menon and Sophie Dars (Accattone), Erica Overmeer, moderated by Francisco Moura Veiga (A FORSCHUNG) and Anh-Linh Ngo (ARCH+)

The symposium will discuss the role of publishing in architecture, understanding publishing not only as a tool of communication but also of constructing architecture, as a medium of architecture.

To kick off the event, Mark Wigley, theorist from Columbia University, NY, will give a short input lecture to show different approaches towards the topic and how architects have always embrace publishing as a medium of architecture.

The symposium is based on a “Show and Tell” format meaning that each guest should bring a publication, not necessarily of their own making, that illustrates what they look for and identify as positive in publishing in architecture. Each of the guests will present their chosen publication by shortly answering 3 questions:

– Which publication is it? (Specs, publisher, date, country, author, medium, etc.)
– Why is the publication relevant for architecture?
– Why is the publication relevant for them, personally?

Taking the cues from this presentation they should also introduce their own practice of publishing.

Wrapping up the symposium, there will be a discussion on the relation between architecture and publishing, or the use of publications as a form of alternative spatial practice.


Saturday, May 4, 2019 — Conceptual Poetics Day

12:15 How to sell a contradiction (Occulto)

Alice Cannava

What are paraconsistent logics? Alice Cannava will playfully explore some appearances and use of contradictions in several fields such as visual arts, literature, and software. Some related to the content, but others related to the production and distribution She will also talk about the reactions to contradictions, with focus on the positive ones: in which situations contradictions work well, are appreciated or can be helpful.


13:00 The Last Angels of History: Notes on a Poetics of Futurity (Inpatient Press)

A reading with Coco Fitterman, Rindon Johnson, Maru Mushtrieva & Hanne Lippard moderated by Mitch Anzuoni

A poetry reading in the form of a Q&A, moderated by Inpatient’s editor.


14:00 The breakthrough tradition: anti-art and poetry by other means
Alex Hamburger

About a century ago, the art world put an end to conventional notions of originality and replication with Duchamp’s ready-mades, the mechanical drawings of Francis Picabia, and Walter Benjamin’s much-quoted essay, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of mechanical reproduction’. Since then, an entourage of artists, from Andy Warhol to Mathew Barney, has taken these ideas to new heights, resulting in very complex notions of identity, media, and culture. This has become so much a part of the mainstream discourse of the art world, that contrary reactions, based on genuineness and representation, have emerged. Culture seems to be embracing such technologies and all the complexity they involve, with the exception of writing, which is still mostly committed to the promotion of an authentic and stable identity at every level.


14:30 Tango with Cows (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Eugene Ostashevsky

A Talk about Ostashevsky’s research on the interaction between avant-garde art and poetry, right before World War I, in particular on the relationship between linguistic puns in Cubist collage and in Futurist visual poetry, using French, Italian, Russian, etc. examples, as well as his translation of the Russian Futurist chapbook Tango with Cows.


15:00 Publishing Manifestos (MIT Press & Miss Read)

Michalis Pichler

»Publishing Manifestos« features 75 key texts of critical engagement with publishing from protagonists of the field. The lecture will launch the book and address: Alienation, Seriosity Dummies, A Short Walk Through a Historical Arc of Tension, and address why the Artist’s book is a Problematic Term, Materialzärtlichkeit, Paradigm Shift and Post-digital Turn, and Art Book Fairs as Public Spheres.


16:00 Negative Calligrams and Drawing Poems

Paul Stephens (Convolution Journal), Natalie Czech


16:40 Sentences (Forlaget Gestus)
Cia Rinne

this sentence is not available
this sentence is a lifetime sentence
Cia Rinne’s sentences, originally displayed in exhibitions, have been collected in this new book and joined by “I am very miserable about sentences”, a text consisting sentences by Gertrude Stein and rearranged by Cia Rinne that constitutes the book’s second part.


17:00 Unable to achieve broad recognition in my lifetime, I laboured in obscurity until my death last year
Sharon Kivland

I would propose to read from the as-yet unpublished book Unable to achieve broad recognition in my lifetime, I laboured in obscurity until my death last year, a two-year collection of phrases from exhibition press releases, with certain parts extracted and re-written in the first person. It is hilarious (I am told). I am unable to finish writing the book, so this may prompt me. I already have a collection of endorsements!


17:30 Monument to I
M.B. O’Toole

Monument to I – a reading from one of twelve constructed dialogues between Stéphane Mallarmé, and selected poets, painters, and philosophers who have responded to Mallarmé’s poem, Un coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hazard, (A throw of the Dice will never abolish Chance), including, Marcel Broodthaers, and Quentin Meillassoux. Originally performed while walking towards the sea, towards the horizon, the dialogues re-frame and re-articulate Un coup de Dés.


Karl Holmqvist



18.30 Avid Readers 3 (Other Forms)
Jack Henry Fisher & Alan Smart

“Avid reader” is a collocation — a phrase of two or more words that accompany each other more often than would occur by chance. Avid Readers is an event to convene a group of multiple readers according to something other than chance, something like desire (the latin root of “avid”).

For this event we will produce a small bootleg edition of a compilation of short essays from the first three and a half issues of Counter-Signals, and other associated texts, and invite a set of friends and strangers in Berlin to read them aloud in the course of an hour.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

12:15 Zine Culture in Turkey and Heyt be! Fanzin
Deniz Beşer

Beşer will present deep insight into Turkey’s past and present fanzine scene though first-hand experience and a collaborative zine called ”Heyt be! Fanzin”.
Heyt be! Fanzin is an art zine which is published since 2010 by Deniz Beşer & Sedef Karakaş . As a zine, main aim is setting up the alternative exhibition possibilities on the paper. All issues host different artists from different countries. Also, Heyt be! Fanzin organizes exhibitions, workshops and events in Turkey, as well as participating in many zine fairs, festivals, and exhibitions in Europe, in order to introduce zine culture to greater masses.

Deniz Beşer is an Istanbul and Vienna based visual artist, art coordinator and zinester who graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Ceramic and Glass Design Department (Istanbul, Turkey) and Universidad de Sevilla, Painting Department (Seville, Spain). Beşer is one of the founders of the zine collective ”Heyt be! Fanzin” and pyshchedelic-punk band ”Zoomk-Ru-Tu”. He is also the Coordinator of ”Fanzineist – Zine Fest of Istanbul” and ”Open Studio Days Istanbul”.


13:00 The Mimeograph: A 21st Publishing Practice with a 20th Century Technology
Alt Går Bra

In Minima Moralia, Theodor Adorno conferred the status of a superhero to the mimeograph: “If the invention of the printing press inaugurated the bourgeois era, the time is at hand for its repeal by the mimeograph, the only fitting, the unobtrusive means of dissemination.”

Alt Går Bra will discuss its publishing practice with an obsolete machine, interrogating the meaning of technology and labor.


14:00 Art & Agriculture
a symposion with Jonathan Monk, Heike Bluemner, Francesco Buonerba, Dr. June di Schino, Hanna Hildebrand & Christian Philipp Müller organized and moderated by Cornelia Lauf

This panel explores the way artists, curators, journalists, food historians, and agricultural producers see the interface between art and agriculture. Culinary innovation, aesthetic and design innovation, chemical exploration, new trends in farming, and product invention, are all areas where art is having a significant and interesting effect. Art can be highly beneficial to agriculture and food for the table, just as exposure to an agricultural life has profound consequences for art. Whether speaking about art and the environment, farm subsidies, innovations in culinary preparation, new food types, or designing for agriculture, our panelists will present the frontier of an exciting and urgently necessary field of collaboration.


15:00 Self publishing and self empowerment/unionizing and representation
Ann-Kristin Stølan (Pamflett) and Benjamin Hickethier (& so Walter)

Zines and art books in Norway, and the Norwegian Riso Association

The Norwegian Riso Association (NRA), Pamflett, &soWalter and the Bergen Art Book Fair on the societal role of artists and designers through the lens of artist books and small press publishing.

On the background of a growing popularity of small publications, often self-initiated and published by artists/designers/authors without publishers, we ask: “What does does the act of publishing mean? What does it mean to be a publisher? Which opportunities is an artist afforded by creating an edition of a work that is then disseminated?”

We will also show some nice images of beautiful Norwegian landscape.


16:00 Die Verzerrung, die Wiedergabe im Print
Performance by Sergej Vutuc

Composition as the examination. The sound of objects, reproduction and repetition. The circe of the system and the being. A collection from contemporary processes. Object, space and stage. The noise. The exit. The carrier of print.

16:30 Sharks, Death, Surfers: An Illustrated Companion (Sternberg Press)
Melissa McCarthy

McCarthy presents an illustrated talk on how the shark directs humans to be better readers and viewers. Considering works ranging from the book cover art of different print editions of Jaws, through the corpus of marine biology research, she puts forward sharks as creatures that have a particular way of seeing, reading, and certainly consuming texts. In film too, sharks offer us a new speed and mode of viewing, useful for considering some seminal 1960s cinematic works. Biologically and conceptually, the roving shark, with its constant lens, is the perfect model for the writer.

17.00 Fehler lesen. Korrektur als Textproduktion (Spector Books)
Tabea Nixdorff

Fehler lesen. Korrektur als Textproduktion is an essay on textual errors and a personal quest to find them. Misprints demonstrate the vulnerability of a text.

We catch a glimpse of the pre- and post-production phases, work that is to a large extent invisible. Thus, the juxtapositions of words that are printed and those that are intended (errata) reveal far more than a simple genealogy of wrong vs. right: they document vestiges of the work done in the shadows, the wrestling with language. Displacements, reconstructions, and lacunae become visible. In her essay Tabea Nixdorff tracks the social, linguistic, media, and poetic dimensions produced by correction and textual criticism. Who does the correcting and what traces does this mostly invisible work leave behind? What shifts in meaning do mistakes trigger? To what extent does the medium play a part in authoring the text?

Tabea Nixdorff and Monique Ulrich collaborate as artists, they both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. Monique Ulrich is also editor of the publication Fehler lesen.


17.40 P!DF: A User’s Manual

Prem Krishnamurthy

P!DF is several things in parallel: an ever-expanding monograph of projects and proposals; an applied manual for design, curating, and collective work; a partial memoir of one person’s path of learning; and a speculative manifesto for potential futures of creative practice. Now in version 5.0.1, P!DF contains 1001 pages of texts, talks, teachings, and tools by noted exhibition maker and designer Prem Krishnamurthy in an experimental yet accessible format.

For its Berlin premiere, Krishnamurthy presents a peripatetic performance-lecture around P!DF. This multi-modal tour unpacks the book’s structure, stories, and subjects, as well as its open-ended model of authorship and publishing.

Presented by Books People Places and O-R-G.


18.20 homecomings 1, 2, 3, etc. (Archive Books)
Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch, Annabelle von Girsewald, Chiara Figone

What is lost and what is found in the process of returning home? homecomings revisits, through varying means of translation, spatial and conceptual loci of homecoming within artistic practice. The exhibition and symposium series, from which this publication stems, draws its principle inspiration from the architectural and linguistic returns and repetitions punctuating artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s House Project (1974–) and author Georges Perec’s Espèces d’espaces (Species of Spaces, 1974).