Offprint London

Art Publishing Fair
Tate Modern
20 – 22 May 2016

About

Offprint is an independent publishing fair and forum that focuses on specific thematic areas in numerous locations, featuring publications on art, photography, design, experimental music, open culture and activism. Focusing on discerning practices in these fields, we aim to offer members of these communities a context in which they can maintain their integrity, their critical voice and their social role. Acknowledging the qualitative and unique publishing practices, Offprint also seeks to bring a larger and dedicated audience into contact with these publishers, both online and offline.

From its origins, as an arts organization supporting artist projects as well as mounting the annual Offprint Paris and London publishing fairs, as the Offprint Library project, Offprint stands for the legitimacy of our field and its discourses. At the same time, however, it aims to reconnect the arts with society, putting aside a market imperative for novelty in favor of art-based projects with broader social concerns. Crossing over between disciplines is an integral part of this process.

Offprint is produced by Luma Arles for the Luma Foundation.

Location & Opening Hours

Tate Modern is located on the south bank of the River Thames at Bankside, near Blackfriars Bridge, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and next to the Globe Theatre.

Please be advised that there is very little parking on-site. The staff entrance and Loading Bay 2 also have limited parking available. Please take this into consideration when planning your events.

 

20 – 22 May 2016

Friday‍6 pm – 10 pm

 (Opening night)

Saturday12 pm – 8 pm

Sunday12 pm – 6 pm

Offprint is open to the general public and admission is free.

Transportation

Underground

Southwark (Jubilee Line) and St Pauls (Central Lines) are the closest underground stations both of which are less than ten minutes walk away.

Bus

  • 45 Streatham Hill to King’s Cross via Holborn Circus stopping on Blackfriars Bridge Road
  • 63 Crystal Palace to King’s Cross via Farringdon Road stopping on Blackfriars Bridge Road
  • 100 Elephant and Castle to Shadwell stopping on Blackfriars Bridge Road
  • 381 Peckham to Waterloo stopping on Southwark Street
  • 344 Clapham Junction to Liverpool Street Station stopping on Southwark Bridge Road

Train

Thameslink links between Bedford and Brighton stop at Blackfriars and London Bridge stations. London Bridge also carries a service to South East London and Kent.

Taxi or Dial-a-Ride

If arriving by taxi or Dial-a-Ride please ask the driver to take you to the Staff Entrance on Park Street.

Car

Public transport is the easiest way of reaching the gallery, as parking at Tate Modern is severely restricted in the surrounding streets.

Program

Self Publish, Be Happy “Making Memeries”

Self Publish, Be Happy presents a programme of performances and workshops titled “Making Memeries” that explore the blurring boundaries surrounding on/offline existence and distribution of photographs.

Before the advent of the Internet the act of taking a photo was often intended to make memories; to store and preserve our past in still, printed images. In today’s digital age the act of taking photos can be enough for the photograph-taker. A photo has a different claim to time, being much more in the “now” than in the “this has been” of its 19th and 20th century pre-internet forbearers. We, in turn, live in a culture of the perpetual present, in a meme-driven world where photos can effortlessly be shared, but where they most often disappear into digital oblivion.

How do contemporary photographers produce and operate in such an environment? How do they challenge it?

15 artists answer these questions in a series of workshops and performances at Offprint London.

 

The Installation

Making Memeries is also a new commission by US artist Lucas Blalock. Blalock has created an installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall that functions as a staging area for workshops and performances. The installation consists of a set of eight movable panels inspired by theatre scenery. Designed by Italian studio Tankboys the “flats” display a new suite of photographs by Blalock. The audience will be able to immerse themselves in, and interact with, Blalock’s photos via an app, which uses phone’s camera to produce a digitally augmented reality.

Self Publish, Be Happy is an organization founded in 2010 that collects, studies and celebrates self-published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and on/offline projects. Self Publish, Be Happy has organized events in a number of institutions, and its London-based collection contains 3,000 publications. Its offspring projects, SPBH Editions and SPBH TV, further expand the organization’s outreach and experimentation with different mediums.

Program

Internet Yama-Ichi (Black Market)

Among other participants, arebyte Gallery will join Offprint London 2016 to host London’s first ever Internet Yami-Ichi (Black Market) event showcasing up to 30 local and international artists working mainly in digital and net-based publishing practices exploring the potential of online art IRL (In Real Life).

The Internet Yami-Ichi (Black Market) is a weekend flea market which sells “Internet-ish” things, face-to-face, in actual space. Both flea markets and the Internet are fanatical and chaotic mixes of the amazing and useless. Past vendor wares include rejected iOS apps, glitch, digital publishing, embroidered clothing, and the right to be hugged by an Internet idol. It’s up to the seller in which way they interpret “Internet-ish” things. The Internet Yami-Ichi is a celebration, where together we experience the afterglow, offline, as the “buzz” of the Internet wears off.

arebyte is a gallery space, located in East London, and dedicated to New-Media and Performance Arts, examining the relationship between the body, digital technologies and our human experience.

 

Friday 20 May

18.00 – 21.00
Sound & Vision: The Moving Body. A performance by Kenta Cobayashi and Yuuki Takada. In collaboration with Newfave and Goliga.

18.00 – 22.00
Hakoniwa. A performance by Naohiro Utagawa. McAulay Schools & Family Room.

21.00 – 22.00
Duel 1: Charlotte Krieger VS Jean-Vencent Simonet. A performance by ECAL.

Program

Saturday 21 May

12.00 – 20.00
Hakoniwa. A performance by Naohiro Utagawa. McAulay Schools & Family Room.

12.30 – 14.44
.Gif us Zines. A workshop by OOMK.

15.00 – 15.45
Hunger. A performance by Lalu Delbracio. Supported by Cass Art.

16.00 – 18.00
The Language of Living. A performance by Felicity Hammond. Supported by Metro Imaging.

18.30 – 20.00
Connection. A performance by Anouk Kruithof. Supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

22.00 – 1.00
Offsite project: Corsica Studios 4/5 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB. Duel 2: Jean-Vencent Simonet VS Charlotte Krieger. A performance by ECAL.

Sunday 22 May

12.00 – 18.00
Hakoniwa. A performance by Naohiro Utagawa. McAulay Schools & Family Room.

12.30 – 14.45
As After. A workshop by Flat Fix.

15.00 – 15.45
Hunger. A performance by Lalu Delbracio. Supported by Cass Art.

16.00 – 18.00
Kè fila. A performance by Namsa Leuba and Kezia Frederick. Supported by Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom.

Colophon

Offprint Artistic Director:

Yannick Bouillis

Curation and Production:

Colette Olof

Art Direction, Design &
Programming:

Studio Laurenz Brunner

(Laurenz Brunner, Julia Novitch, Malin Gewinner)

Partnership / Luma Arles:

Maria Finders

Julien Frydman

PR Luma Arles:

Pierre Collet

PR Luma Foundation:

Sandra Roemermann

Partners:


 

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The LUMA Foundation was established in 2004 to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The foundation commissions and produces artistic projects combining a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.

The LUMA Foundation and LUMA Arles, founded in 2014 in support of the Arles project, are currently developing an experimental cultural center in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France, working with a core group of artistic consultants (Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf) and the architects Frank Gehry and Annabelle Selldorf. This ambitious project envisions an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the production of exhibitions and ideas, research, education, and archives and is supported by a growing number of public and private partnerships. Construction started after the ground-breaking ceremony in April 2014.

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