Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 24 What is a Publication Studio?

Books. In the words of Cradle to Cradle author William McDonough: "Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons and self-replicates. Well, why don't we knock that down and [print on it]" We turn that most elegant of design objects, a tree, to a book. In fact, we print large numbers, ship them around the world using a ton of energy, then discard most.

Our print economy is wasteful and inelegant. Carbon negative.

The Kindle offers a newly evolving possibility when we live in cloud libraries. Until then, print on request is an alternative: print only what you need. It is like a bakery, starting early, then selling out all those fresh items. Repeat.

That is a publication studio.

Creative writer, editor, publisher, organizer Matthew Stadler and Tin House writer, designer Patricia No have created an itinerant book printing project, operating from 6AM to noon in the Ace Hotel Cleaners.

There, purchase a few titles exclusively sourced and printed daily, including Lawrence Rinder's cynical novel of NY's art world, resembling too many real world, potentially ultralitigious, figures to see publishing inc.'s light of day.

The low tech content machine, printer and binder is used to print a fresh day's worth of books, or bring your own file and leave with a book!

The Publication Studio solicited Portland creators to bring content and 25 made 19 books which are being shared at the Amsterdam Biennale.

Saturday, 11AM, Patricia and many of the artist-writers in the Publication Studio at the Ace will Skype in to Stadler in Amsterdam for a cross pond joint presentation of the books.

The artists and books are: Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Thomas Fisher, Convivium; Arnold Kemp, Surface Space Prosthetic; M Blash, no. 1; Israel Lund, Some, But Not All, of my Clothes; Sarah Meadows, 47 Oceans; Shawn Records, Owner of This World; Sarah Gottesdeiner, Yoko & Moon; Philip Iosca, Blush; Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, (untitled); Vanessa Renwick, Optical Soundtrack; Aaron Flint Jamison, (untitled); Alex Felton, Touched by an Email; Dana Dart-McLean and Ashby Collinson, Catalogue of Variable Essence; Curtis Knapp, Grayscale; Justin Gorman and Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, Bodies; Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropology; Gary Wiseman and Meredith Andrews, I Love Urban Outfitters and Urban Outfitters Loves Me; and Kristan Kennedy, S.W.P.C.Y. and Marc Moscato, The Dill Pickle Club.

They will also have available the Etherpad collaborative writing environment to author live a document to be printed and bound then, there, now by the Publication Studio.

It all happens at the Publication Studio, in the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, corner SW 10th and Stark, 11AM Free