This Wiki will be a platform allowing us to talk to each other, announce events, draft first texts for our publication, develop ideas and questions. The nice thing is that we can keep coming back to working on draft texts, revising and adding to them as we go along with our investigation. We can also upload images and start a small library accessible to all by uploading pdfs.

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The Piracy Project, Kunstverein Munich, 2014

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Feminist Pamphlets (1970), MayDay Rooms, 2015

Why Publish?

is a joint research project between Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art students and AND publishing* to collectively explore the pedagogical, creative and critical spaces of publishing. Through site visits, seminars, gatherings and making we will think about and test ways to circulate students’ work in order to create sustainable networks and relevant debates. This enquiry into “making public” wishes to create awareness and experiences, that allow students to connect themselves and their practice with a wider social and political discourse and the world at large. Here we hope to create space for rethinking relations between people and develop our resistant capacities to establish the grounds for more lasting and emancipated forms of cultural production, education, and research.

We will be thinking about the impact of existing institutional infrastructures and its inherent protocols. What are the possibilities and limitations of existing institutions and publishing structures? How is value created and for whom? Who enjoys visibility and why? What is the value of archiving - for example at the Feminist Library, where knowledge is produced through trans-generational transmission of memory of feminist activists’ life? Can we think of activists’ archives as place for alternative distribution? What are the collecting politics of special collections, libraries and public archives? How do books get in the bookshops?

We will be thinking how this “outside space” (distribution) shapes the “inside space” of publication (content). “The means of diffusion are now dominating the ideas they diffuse” writes Michel de Certeau in The Practice of Everyday life (1980).

These questions and more we will explore in the next couple of months. Please check back at our calendar to see the confirmed visits and events. If you are currently not a student please email us to see whether a place is available (as numbers are sometimes limited). For more information, please contact: Eva Weinmayr e.weinmayr@csm.arts.ac.uk

“Why Publish” and “The University Gallery” is a joint research between Afterall, (CSM) AND Publishing and Chelsea Space (Chelsea College of Art and Design), exploring the context of the university gallery, models of practice for exhibiting and the role of publishing within the university. These elements will connect broader dialogues around independent publishing, publishing as curating and publishing as a pedagogical space.
Both research projects are funded by Curriculum Development Funding, Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE), University of the Arts, London.

Afterall is a non-profit research and publishing organisation that undertakes contemporary art research within the academic framework of Central Saint Martins, and in partnership with other international educational and cultural institutions. Afterall, a journal of art, context and enquiry, was launched in 1999. Afterall Books publishes three series of books: The One Work series focuses on one important work of contemporary art through a single text. Critical Readers look at significant areas of modern and contemporary art practice through the commissioning and reprinting of a collection of key texts, artists’ statements and manifestos. Exhibition Histories offers critical analysis of exhibitions of contemporary art that have changed the way art is seen and made. In 2013 Afterall held its first exhibition at the Lethaby Gallery, CSM, coinciding with the launch of the latest book in the One Work series. This has now become an annual exhibition, which exhibits a work from the series and is accompanied by public events.

*AND is a publishing and research platform exploring print on demand technologies and new modes of distribution. It was devised in 2009 at Central Saint Martins, where AND established its own print on demand workshop as a flexible and pedagogical site for multiple roles and functions within the art college. In 2011, AND Public launched a framework for the production and dissemination of independently published work through print on demand. www.andpublishing.org

Chelsea Space was e**stablished in 2005 and hosts an international and interdisciplinary programme covering art, design and popular culture. There is an emphasis on curatorial experimentation, the exposure of process and ideas, re-readings of artworks, collections, archives and their re- presentation for contemporary audiences. 2014 sees the introduction of the Exhibition Studio Workshop into Chelsea Space – this is the practice-based strand of
the new MA Curating and Collections PG taught course. Students will have the opportunity to work within the professional gallery environment working on displays using a selection of materials from the Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Arts Library and Special Collections, amongst others.