Beam Editions workshop and presentation

On Saturday 14 December, Jonathan Casciani of UK publisher Beam Editions gave a workshop and talk as part of RSS Press’s December bookshop at SixtyEight Art Institute, How we let Venice flood and other stories. His talk, You can’t learn that on Instagram, explored how the book works as an antidote to a ‘monoculture’ of learning exacerbated through social and digital media. Jonathan Casciani explained how Beam Editions’ unique books are a result of a collaborative and non-industrialised way of working that results in books that are ‘grown’ within a flourishing ecosystem rather than squeezed through an impersonal assembly line.

Presentation, Jonathan Casciani, Beam Editions
Jonathan Casciani (right) presenting the work of artist Linda Karshan during his talk ‘You can’t learn that on Instagram: The book as a weapon against a ‘monoculture’ of knowledge‘.

RSS Press is looking forward to further events and collaborations with Beam Editions in the near future.

RSS Press at the Wiels Art Book Fair

On 7 and 8 September 2019, Really Simple Syndication took a selection of our own and syndicated titles to the Wiels Art Book Fair in Brussels.

Thank you to all the many visitors who came to our stand, and a big thank you to the team at Wiels for making it all possible.

RSS Press table at Wiels
The RSS Press table at the Wiels Art Book Fair.

Less Influencers, More Poets

For the month of December 2018, to close out the year and in time for the holidays, RSS Press invited the Copenhagen-based publisher Space Poetry into a reading-room environment that turned our exhibition floor at SixtyEight Art Institute into a ‘pop-up’ bookstore. Here a wide range of titles, including artist books, special editions and magazines published by Space Poetry, were available for sale, as well as the latest number of the publisher’s near-legendary periodical Pist Protta, which was launched on the evening. This bookstore intervention sought to frame an intersection between art publishing and exhibition-making practices in the local economies of art available in the city. To this end, the intervention – rather than the gentrifying process implied in the name ‘pop-up’ – looked to the complex positions and roles that local artistic production has in contemporary art from a regional to an international level.

Space Poetry reading room and bookshop at SixtyEight Art Institute.

Frans Jacobi launching Aesthetics of Resistance

On 1 November 2018 Frans Jacobi launched his book Aesthetic of Resistance at SixtyEight Art Institute, home of RSS Press, reading from the book a non-linear selection of his performance texts, forming their own, fresh narrative specifically for the context.

The texts compiled in the book include performance scripts and commentaries, in addition to an extended glossary of terms that investigate the topics of these performances. Together they expand on contemporary forms of demonstration culture and political activism as performativity.

Liv Schulman at Alt_Cph 2018: Over-Existing

RSS Press was launched for its local Copenhagen public through the participation of Liv Schulman on 26 and 27 May in this year’s Alt_Cph alternative art fair, and the simultaneous publication of her book Infinite Bet. Liv Schulman gave the lecture performance Formal Economy, which builds on themes she addresses both in The Empathy (her contribution to the Cut the Gap seminar at SMK the National Gallery of Denmark in November 2017) and the newly published Infinite Bet.

An extract from the performance:

Infinite Bet was launched at Alt_Cph at a Release and Book Launch Party on Sunday 27 May, and is currently available from our online shop and our bookstore at SixtyEight Art Institute.