Historically, publishing has been an essential platform for artists to disseminate their works, concepts and aims. It is also – as Norwegian artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard powerfully argued – a paradigmatic model for any form of collective, distributed, discursive production. The publication Don’t rest, narrate addresses the interrelationship of art, publishing and collectivity. It was evolved from research carried out during PRAKSIS’s seventh residency, For a rainy day – Publishing as a site of collectivization, held in autumn 2017 in collaboration with the publisher Torpedo and designers Eller med a.
Don’t rest, narrate constitutes both a resource and an art object. Containing commissioned artworks and new texts, brief studies of key experiments in art and radical publishing, reprints of texts on subjects ranging from collective production to licensing and archiving and a bibliography giving pointers for further reading, the book is designed to inform and to stimulate further discussion and study. Its unusual, non-linear three-section format renders visible and tangible the performative dimension of our interactions with books. Edited by PRAKSIS founders Nicholas John Jones and Rachel Withers, it features contributions from residents Vika Adutova, Maria Gordana Belić, Eva Funk, Araiz Mesanza, Daniela Müller, Iz Öztat, Gabrielle Paré, and Per Westerlund, as well as Guttorm Guttormsgaard, Hannah Hiaasen, özgür k, Maria Lind, Martin Berner Mathiesen, Ellef Prestsæter, and Eva Weinmayr. It is designed with Eller med a.
Designed by residency collaborator, Eller med a, the book is bound in an unusual three section format that breaks a linear reading and both challenges the expectation of the book format, and includes the reader in the performative process of navigating it.