Offprint Paris 2016

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Offprint Paris 2016

Past: November 10 → 13, 2016

Offprint is a forum gathering independent publishers through a continuously updated website and in numerous locations, including a permanent Bookshop at Le Cloître in Arles, and events at the Palazzo Clerici in Milano, the Tate Modern in London, the 7th Edition of Offprint Paris will take place at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, this edition will host 130 independent and experimental publishers from 16 different countries.

In partnership with: École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in France

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Selection by Yannick Bouillis — Offprint artistic director

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小林健太 Kenta Cobayashi — Offered by Newfave

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Born in 1992, Kenta Cobayashi is a photographer based in Shibuya, Tokyo. He has exhibited widely in group shows such as The Exposed #7 (curated by Kohei Oyama at g3+G/P Gallery in Tokyo, 2014) and The Devil May Care (curated by Hester Keijser at Nooderlicht in Groningen, 2015). Cobayashi also recently held his first solo exhibition, #photo, in April 2016 at G/P Gallery, to favorable acclaim.

Cobayashi’s work is characterized by vestigial digital traces applied onto his images via computer software as a painter adorns a canvas, a form of “tagging” that serves as testament to his existence. He views the vast deluge of images coursing through cyberspace to be a turbid stream constituting a new phenomenon for our times. The moment an image is released into the digital void, it reproduces uncontrollably and wholly irrespective of the photographer’s volition. As part of the young generation of digital natives, Cobayashi’s work represents a fundamental grapple with the promulgatory power of the internet, and questions how photographers are to respond.

This first published installment of Everything shares its title with a blog that Cobayashi updates daily with photographs expressing everything that he sees in the course of daily life. These images are an aggregation of his own feelings of curiosity and consternation toward the changing role of the photographic medium.

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Alexandra Leykauf

Offered by : Roma Publications — Designed by : Studio Felix Salut and Paul Bernhard

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Alexandra Leykauf studied audio-visual media and photography, and is based in Berlin. In her work, she appropriates the gender-oriented or feminine cultural gaze via the medium of photography, playing with varying degrees of appropriation in order to reveal the superficiality of images. Leykauf often deconstructs various features of photography and cinema, thereby revealing the complexity inherent to the construction of images. This substantial artist’s book presents numerous of these appropriations and deconstructions, along with critical texts by Dominikus Müller, Jonathan Pouthier, Robert Barry, and Maria Barnas. A conversation with Leykauf completes this in-depth analysis.

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Billowing

By Lisa Oppenheim — Offered by Argobooks

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With her exhibition Everyones Camera in Göttingen Kunstverein, Lisa Oppenheim explores the photographic medium’s history. The artist’s book Billowing shows natural smoke phenomena. The images are created without a camera but done by example from negatives or solarization.

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Image Objects

Artie Vierkant — Offered by : Rrose Editions

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Image Objects are works that exist at the interstice between the physical object and the mediated image. The series is titled for the idea of this divide itself, in a time when our understanding of objects comes equally from our physical interaction with them as well as the contexts and frequency with which we encounter images of those objects, and when representational autonomy can be interrupted with highly commonplace tools for copying, altering and reclaiming images. As I have written elsewhere, an environment in which ‘everything is anything else’.

Each time Image Objects are officially documented the installation views are altered before their release, whether printed in a publication or distributed online. This process is intended to allow the objects to continue to shift and evolve aesthetically, just as the compositions of the pieces themselves are an ongoing and fluid process. This poses an intervention into the space of the installation view itself — the venue of representation — to turn what we are used to thinking of as a ‘mediated’ experience of the work into a direct experience. The installation views become works in their own right, as well as an extension of the embodiment of the fabricated objects on view, without the distinction between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ methods of viewing the work."

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In The Canyon, Revise the Canon “Savoir utopique, pédagogie radicale et Artist-Run Community Art Space en Californie du sud”

Offered by Shelter Press

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Before the onset of the social and cultural backlash that was brought on by the Reagan administration in the early eighties, Southern California was ripe territory for the genesis and development of emancipation movements for and by African Americans, Chicanos, pacifists, Marxists, feminists and homosexuals.

Starting in the late sixties, these revolutionary waves particularly influenced practices such as performance art, video, installation and collaboration, which led to the construction of alternatives like artist-run spaces, non-profit spaces and artist-run community art spaces. In Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego, collaborative public action was constructed around utopian knowledge which was then redirected towards universities and art schools that favored the emergence of radical pedagogies.

These other manners of experimental thinking, doing and teaching permitted artists to deconstruct certain canons that were inherited from European tradition and art history, and provoked a reexamination of “the American way of life”. In the Canyon, Revise the Canon.

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Against Translation

Kenneth Goldsmith — Offered by : Jean Boîte Editions

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Against Translation is an unreleased essay by Kenneth Goldsmith. Jean Boîte Éditions publishes it here in eight languages, in eight books gathered in a boxcase — English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.

The author discusses the impasses and shortcomings of translation, this “approximation of discourse that produces a new discourse” and he opposes the notion of displacement, a phenomenon born of globalization: if people and objects are moved, so it will for language. Using the example of the influence of advertising, information ow and the effects of networking, Kenneth Goldsmith shows the obsolescence of the act of translation and reflects on the idea of movement. Movement is the new reality which tends to impose its standard upsets linguistic structures, social and political worlds, and profoundly changes our cultural practices.

Following Theory — a sum of 500 texts printed and assembled in the form of a ream of paper –, Against Translation is the second book of Kenneth Goldsmith published by Jean Boite Éditions.

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