Publishing as Practice


With Mounira Al Solh, Delphine Bedel, Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács, and Joca van der Horst
In collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Master Media Design, Rotterdam
Curated by Delphine Bedel and Docus van der Made
Date: 30 March 2018, 12:00 - 17:00h
Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Part I
Masterclass: 12:00 - 14:30h. Tickets €7,50- (€5,- for students). FULLY BOOKED
Part II
Artists talks: 15:00 - 17:00h. Tickets €5 (€3,50 for students). Open to all, reservation recommended.  
Combination ticket: €10 (€7,50 for students)
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‘Publishing As Practice’ is a Friday afternoon programme celebrating self-publishing in all its forms, organised as part of the series “de Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs INTRODUCES…”. Together with the artists and designers Mounira Al Solh, Delphine Bedel, Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács and Joca van der Horst, we will explore the various models of production and distribution of books, printed matter, and multiple digital formats. In the last ten years, a new publishing culture has emerged, through self-publishing, book fairs, and curated bookshops. It can be an empowering tool for artists, photographers, writers, and designers because it is mobile, versatile, affordable, and accessible. From oral histories, tales of resilience, language, migration and war, feminism and education, urbanism and political struggles, the publications presented address urgent contemporary issues, and bring forward the potential of publishing as practice. Join us for a full program on publishing.  


Part I

The first part of the day presents a masterclass with Delphine Bedel. She will provide insights and tools on contemporary self-publishing practices, presenting various modes of operating in self-publishing, and points of departure for artists, designers, photographers, and others interested to take on publishing. Limited seats, reservation required via (please reference "Publishing Masterclass reservation").
Part II
The second part of the day starts with a book presentation by Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács, and Joca van der Horst on the book ‘A Bed, a Table and a Chair’, a project realised at the new Master XPUB at the Piet Zwart institute in Rotterdam. All XPUB participants, they will share insights on their experimental publishing practice and collaborative process of making the publication, that engages with cultural heritage and archiving practices. In her talk, Delphine Bedel will focus on her practice as artist/publisher, showcasing different projects of her own and with others. Last but not least, the artist Mounira Al Solh will present her recent projects, including the artist magazine NOA (Not only Arabic) that she founded in Beirut, and her work for Document 14 in Athens and Kassel.
Ticket reservations possible via (please reference "Publishing Artist Talks reservation").
The series VKBK-prijs INTRODUCES... is a component of the exhibition with the nominees for the Volkskrant Visual Art Award 2018, on view at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam until 15 April.
12:00 - 14:30h
Masterclass on Self-Publishing
by Delphine Bedel
The Self-Publishing masterclass is for artists, designers, photographers, writers, and students interested in publishing their own book or becoming (self-)publishers. During the first part of this class, Delphine Bedel will present an overview of contemporary publishing practices in art and design. From concept, design, editing, sequencing, production, and distribution, the class will cover various self-publishing models and modes of distribution. This masterclass is tailor-made for this event. The second part will end with a Q&A discussion with all the participants, giving tools and insights to kickstart their project. NB Due to the limited seats, reservation is mandatory for the masterclass.
15:00 - 15:20h
‘A Bed, a Chair and a Table’. Presentation by Alex Roidl, Zalán Szakács, and Joca van der Horst
A Bed, a Chair and a Table is a publication about the Poortgebouw, a former squat and vibrant living community located in the South of Rotterdam. In this book, oral histories from inside and outside the Poortgebouw are interlaced with material from various institutional and personal archives. By bringing together these tales of resilience, political struggle, frustration and friendship with historical documents, this book brings forward new perspectives about the Poortgebouw's unique history and its importance in the contemporary city. A Bed, a Chair and a Table is the fourth 'Special Issue' conceptualised, developed and produced by the students from the Experimental Publishing course (XPUB) of the Piet Zwart Institute Media Design Master. It provides a trigger for the reader to further explore the Poortgebouw’s past, to engage with its community, and discuss a potential future amidst all of its complexities. It is a testament to the archive as not the end, but the beginning of a debate. Join us!
15:20 - 16:00h
‘Why Publish?’ Artist talk by Delphine Bedel
Delphine Bedel will give a talk on her practice as artist and publisher. In all her projects, her principal topics of interest are media, cultural representation, feminism and the global circulation of images. She contributed to the emergence of a new publishing culture, bringing together photography, art, design and theory. She founded Meta/Books to empower a new generation of artists, photographers, and designers to self-publish, curate shows and lectures, and organise book fairs and education programmes. Since its inception, Meta/Books has sought to promote expanded publishing practices from print to digital, questioning the way information is displayed and manipulated through the publishing process.
16:00 - 16:40h
‘NOA (Not Only Arabic) magazine’. Artist talk by Mounira Al Solh
‘My artworks are the result of urgent confrontational situations, thus they are a reflection of long-term works made with and about certain social groups, or about a personal micro-situation, they are reactions on feminist or even linguistic matters, and they can manifest themselves in multidisciplinary media, such as video, embroidery, drawing, installation, performance, and magazines that are not to be distributed.’
Mounira Al Solh will present her recent projects for Documenta 14 and her magazine NOA (Not Only Arabic). In her studio in Beirut, over the past years Al Solh has hosted talks by artists and started NOA (Not Only Arabic) magazine, a journal where artists and writers are invited to send in their thoughts, texts and images by invitation from the artist and guest-editors. NOA magazine does not get distributed and gets published on an irregular basis.

Delphine Bedel is an artist, publisher and lecturer. She is  creative director of Meta/Books, a studio working at the intersection of photography, design and innovation. Known for her cutting-edge publications, she works with leading cultural and corporate clients. Member of the Advisory Board of the Mondriaan Fonds and the German Photography Academy. She teaches at the MA Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (NL). Her work is exhibited internationally. Speaking Engagements include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne Paris, National Gallery Vilnius, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Kunsthochschule Kassel, nGbK and Akademie der Künste Berlin.
XPUB is a two-year Media Design Master course that prepares students to critically engage with societal issues within the fast changing field of art, design and cultural production. Special thanks to the inhabitants of Poortgebouw, the Autonomous Archive, the Architecture of Appropriation team/Het Nieuwe Instituut (Marina Otero Verzier and Katia Truijen), De Raddraaier and Antalis, Annet Dekker, Cia Franssens, Esther Krop, Wilco Lamberts, MayDay, Leslie Robbins and Zine Camp.
Mounira Al Solh is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been shown internationally, such as in solo shows at Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Beirut and Hamburg, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam, CCA Glasgow, at the KW in Berlin, and Kunsthalle Lissabon, and most recently at the Art Institute in Chicago. She took part in group shows and biennials such as Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017, the Venice Biennale 2015 and 2007, HomeWorks in Beirut, New Museum in NY, the Drawing Room in London. Al Solh was nominated as one of the shortlisted artists for the Abraaj Art Prize in 2015, and for the Volkskrant Award in 2009. She was selected as the winner of the Uriot Prize at the Rijksakademie, the Video Brazil International Film Festival Jury Award, and the Black Magic Woman Award in Amsterdam. Al Solh is born and grew up in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. She graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Lebanese University, in the Fine-Arts Department. She was artist resident at the Rijksakademie. She lives in the Netherlands and in Lebanon.