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The Book Society
Archive Books

6 December, 2013, 5.30 PM
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova

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The third reading room is dedicated to Archive Books, which will present a selection of their publications including artists’ books, monographs, readers and magazines such as Archive Journal and The Exhibitionist.

On December 5-6, starting from 11 am, Archive Books will organize Inventory a two-days workshop and a public presentation.

Inventory is a representation of a research journey in the form of an archive of publications and printed matter initiated by Archive Books back in 2011. Starting from a central position in Europe (Berlin), Archive’s team undertook a research trip toward Eastern and Middle Eastern regions through cities like Poznan, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia, Thessaloniki and Istanbul.

In this journey Archive took under consideration the changes and movements taking place in these regions, seeing their impact on cultural, economical, political and social structures as a possibility to question European cultural establishments and their archives.

In Genova, the workshop will focus on the Italian context, thanks also to the collaboration with the “Archivio dei Movimenti”.

Participants are: Alberto Bolzonetti, Andrea Botto, Martina Francesconi, Nuri Koerfer, Ilaria Marengo, Marta Moretto, Alice Pezzolo, Federica Romani, Francesca Sperti, Julian Stalbohm.

On Friday 6 at 5.30 pm Archive Books will present to the public its editorial and research activity, focusing on the project Inventory.

Archive Books is an organisation for cultural research, debate and self-education. Archive brings together editors, writers, scholars, graphic designers and artists in a an adaptable structure in an attempt to create and foster a space for discussion and exchange.

Museo Villa Croce di Genova
The Book Society
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The Book Society is a project devoted to the most experimental forms of production in publishing, which Peep-Hole is organizing at the Museo Villa Croce in Genoa in 2013.
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Publishing, in its multiple manifestations, from catalogues to art books and magazines, is a space in which not only is something conveyed, but contents are developed and created. Countless independent publishers, both established and newly founded, and the many artistic practices based on the text that investigate the act of “translating” from a visual to a textual form, have accelerated the development of this format as one of the most interesting on the current artistic panorama.
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The Book Society involves creating a reading room in the Museo di Villa Croce, where some of Europe’s most interesting publishing houses will be presented. Over the course of two years, young publishers will take turns illustrating their works and will set up a seminar with students and young artists/curators/designers on the process involved in putting out a publication. In 2013 Book Works (London), Paraguay Press (Paris) and Archive Books (Berlin) will participate in the project.
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The reading room is set up with original recently restored furnitures designed in 1934-1935 by rationalist architect Mario Labò for the University Library in Genova.
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The Book Society is part of a bigger project, “Shrinking World”, conducted with the contribution of the Fondazione Cariplo.
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