Really Simple Syndication is SixtyEight Art Institute‘s independent publishing arm, co-founded and edited by the writer and art historian Christopher Sand-Iversen and artist Hugo Hopping. The press aims to re-imagine the relationship between art, theory, and literature as a way of fostering critical discourse – looking to formulate an international voice from the perspective of SixtyEight’s physical presence in Copenhagen.
Really Simple Syndication focuses on publishing artistic and curatorial research as a project or part of an extended practice, by both emerging artists and curators and their established counterparts. Our press is about developing new readerships in this post-social networked world through a ‘syndication’ model that makes room to support our peers in the arts and publishing. To this end, we are looking to represent fresh new literature, which reflects the research interests of writers, curators, and artists who are broadening the aesthetic, historical, political, and artistic concerns of our new century. Here, the various active voices invited by RSS into its syndication model will find a new culture of intellectual hospitality that critically fosters their participation into the future.
Furthermore, RSS as a platform and initiative will be periodically inviting artists, curators, and writers to visualize their research by conducting aesthetic experiments in various publishable formats. We believe in paper, of course, but we are fascinated by new media and emerging technologies that amplify the voices we seek to champion.
The press has been conceived mainly to provide new answers to the increasing demand to theorize, report, and publish developments in art and literature that can continue to transverse disciplines, forms, and modes in the production of knowledge. RSS aims to foster the resources and talents of the artist and curator, promoting ideas for how to think research, perform it, and as such report it, especially in new combinations with other fields, in order to gain new knowledge and understanding.
Since the conception of this press project, we have noted that the creative practices of curators and artists are increasingly merging. This fascinates us and it points to a future where artistic research and quality will be determined by profound interests and outcomes. Therefore, we believe that the publication format is a vital ground for this pivotal moment, and how it can foster the co-evolution of the representation of art and ideas on paper and on virtual forms.