Material and formal aspects of the book and the technologies used to inscribe it are always in flux. With each transformation (from clay to parchment to papyrus to paper to pixels) those who hold the book in common (readers, authors, designers, typographers, printers, publishers) are called on to renegotiate the idea of the book itself. In this discussion designers, publishers and digital artists will share their perspectives on what it means to publish in light of recent transformations of the book brought about by digital and networked cultures.
Peter Fengler. De Player is a polymorphic production platform in Rotterdam (NL), which has been putting together programs on the cutting edge of performance art, experimental music and the visual arts. De Player emphasises the importance of sound, and the performance and positioning of sound within the visual arts and contemporary experimental music.
Andy Simionato and Karen Ann Donnachie. Atomic Activity Books is an experimental publishing concern founded in 2008 by Karen ann Donnachie and Andy Simionato, the artist-duo sometimes known as Donnachie, Simionato and Sons, makers of the on- and off-line macro-project called ‘This is a magazine (about nothing)’. Atomic Activity Books publishes experimental deviations and non-standard behaviours.
Freya Copeland. Replika Publishing is a three-dimensional magazine bringing together artists from all spheres to explore a unified concept. With each issue artists, writers, musicians and creators of all descriptions are invited to explore a given theme, and to respond with an object-based, serialised work.
Autumn Royal. Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening. LA has recently established a publishing platform Disclaimer, a journal for new thinking and writing on listening and sound.