Printed Matter, Inc.
A new program series on digitally native publishing
Following an energizing week at NADA Miami 2021, we’re pleased to announce a series of four programs that expand on the commissioned online projects by publishers Anteism Books, Hyperlink Press, TXTBooks, and artist Federico Pérez Villoro. Beginning on February 1 and taking place over the course of four consecutive Tuesdays at 6pm, join us for conversations about the creative development of these digitally native publication projects. Please note these conversations will be taking place on Zoom as well as YouTube Live.
FEBRUARY 1, 6PM EST
afila.si [æfilæsi] is a collective digital library anchored in Afro-centered perspectives of history, with aims to fortify the accessibility of these cultural productions through fact-based notes about the othered. In 2020, afila.si organized an exhibition titled Black Experience isn’t a Spectacle, which explored the legacy of the voyeuristic gaze in visual representations of the Black body.
In this discussion, curator Venessa Appiah, designer Jesse Katabarwa, and publisher Harley Smart of Anteism Books discuss the context of this exhibition, its iteration as a special online project for Printed Matter + EXILE Books at NADA Miami, and the ways in which the website functions as a repository and resource for the study of Black radical thought.
Image Credit: Artists Tania Doumbe Fines and Élodie Dérond featuring ibiyanε, debut collection of Bantu sculptural designs. Photography by: Karl Obakeng Ndebele
FEBRUARY 8, 6PM EST
This conversation between Hyperlink Press (Taehee Whang and Jeong Lee) and Yellow Pearls Zine (Samantha Skinner) discusses strategies and tactics for organizing equitable zine fairs, and how these decisions can help define community and care.
FEBRUARY 15, 6PM EST
Join Nichole Shinn, Robert Blair, and Kurt Woerpel from TXTbooks to discuss “Book Fell Into Ocean,” an in-browser game launched with Printed Matter + EXILE Books at NADA Miami. Featuring 24 artist’s works floating off the coast of low-poly Miami, the user pilots a Riso-drone to survey the damage from a container ship crash. The discussion will focus on the development process, game-as-publication, and the collaborative effort that produced the online exhibit.
FEBRUARY 22, 6PM EST
During this presentation and participatory demo, Agnes Cameron, Tiger Dingsun, and Federico Pérez Villoro will discuss Transparencia Index, a project consisting of a custom-made software that automatically scrapes data from the Plataforma Nacional de Transparencia, a system through which people can request public information from the Mexican government. The software identifies existing requests associated with topics of common interest that were previously denied on the basis of containing information “classified” by authorities. This ever-increasing flow of unanswered civic concerns are organized as an interactive website that aims to register, through labyrinthine hyperlinks, the bureaucratic opacity and strategic silence of the country’s administrative institutions. Participants of this event will be prompted to contribute meaningful terms to perform automatic queries, increase the project’s database, and to collectively look for possible tactical uses to the tool.
Thank you to The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its tremendous support of the dynamic online presence of Printed Matter + EXILE Books at NADA Miami 2021.