Artists’ Publications Lab

Unique collections tell unique stories. The Centre for Artists’ Publications at the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst is a case in point. As an “archive of archives”, it keeps archives and estates alive and continuously up-to-date. It exhibits them, presents them and proposes them for discussion. Since February 2023, the extensive and unique European holdings of the Centre for Artists’ Publications have also been available digitally via an unusual, new means—the Artists’ Publications Lab.This interactive website provides insights into the universe of artists’ books, multiples and graphic works of various kinds as well as sound art and mail art. The fascinating, brash, diverse, funny, but also thought-provoking world of multiplied and published art of the last 80 years presents a different view, a different narrative of art history. Often subversive and committed to democratic principles, artists’ publications are created with the intention of reaching as many people as possible. Multiplied artworks are not exclusive but on the contrary characterised by affordability and wide distribution. They are approachable and unconventional, made for browsing and studying, offering an intimate art experience.

The Artists’ Publications Lab invites the reader on an international journey into the world of multiplied art by playfully introducing key examples from the Centre for Artists’ Publications’ holdings and placing them in their historical context: poker cards by David Shrigley are represented as well as a bag by the Guerrilla Girls—which can rapidly be converted into a gorilla mask typical of those worn by the New York group during their actions. Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt’s fascinating typewritings or artist’s newspapers by Dan Perjovschi float across the screen. Miti Ruangkritya’s Thai Politics magazines make an appearance, as do record covers by Tödliche Doris or Rúna Thorkelsdóttir’s water poem “Vatnaljod.” And so on and so on, further and further into the possibilities and facets offered by multiplied art projects.

The mediation portal of the Artists’ Publications Lab also offers creative propositions, digital games, suggestions for school lessons and activities for all interested parties, free from the constraints of time and place. From April the digital platform is also available directly on site, at six multifunctional tables in the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst.

The Centre for Artists’ Publications at the Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst functions simultaneously as an archive, research institute and exhibition space, thus approaching the universe of artists’ publications in a variety of ways. The Artists’ Publications Lab is a useful and easily accessible extension. It is available to all those who would like to immerse themselves in a fascinating and alternative art history full of possible discoveries, either from the comfort of their sofa or directly on site at the Weserburg.

“Artists’ Publications Lab – Bildung und Vermittlung digital” is being developed within the framework of ”dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.

Click here for the website. (auch auf deutsch)

Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen

Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen


Author: Mail Artists' Index

Mail Artists' Index Biographies, works and links concerning important Mail Artists. – Biografien, Arbeiten und Links bedeutender Mail Art Künstler. Mail Art | Mail Artists | Postkunst

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