A Sourcebook on independent art publishing.
Since 2001,Christoph Keller
's famous archive "Kiosk – Modes of Multiplication" has been exhibited 27 times all around the world, in institutions such as the ICA (London), the Witte de With (Rotterdam), Artists' Space (NY), the Emily Carr Institute (Vancouver), MUDAM (Luxembourg) and some biennials such as Manifesta 4, the 25th Graphic Biennial of Ljubljana
and the Istanbul Biennial. It contains today more than 7000 publications by approximately 500 independent art publishing projects such as smaller, non commercial publishers, magazines, fanzines, newspapers, journals, audio- and video-labels, corporate and institutional publishing etc. The focus has never been set on exhibiting the most interesting individual artists' publications but the whole bandwidth of publishing possibilities, the motivations and strategies of the people "behind the scenes", the editors, publishers, designers, multipliers.
On the occasion of the final public presentation of the archive at the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin, who has now taken over the archive as a special collection, this handbook represents an overview and reflection on independent art publishing activities today. It contains a lot of textual statements by the protagonists of this scene, some theoretical texts, documentary illustrations and a broad source-part with comprehensive information on the contributing publishing projects.
This edition comes with three different covers by Erik Steinbrecher
, Liam Gillick
and Olaf Nicolai
, randomly distributed.
Awarded: “Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2009”.
(born 1969) is a highly acclaimed spirits and liquor distiller at Stählemühle, his distillery in southern Germany. As a former art publisher (has been the founder and former director of the art publishing house Revolver – Archiv für aktuelle Kunst), editor, designer, and curator he continues to publish artist books under the publishing label Christoph Keller Editions
through Swiss publishers JRP|Ringier
. His curated archive on independent publishing Kiosk – Modes of Multiplication
has traveled the world and is now housed at the Art Library in Berlin. Keller gives lectures and teaches at various art schools.
See also: Stefan Marx & Christoph Keller