This site is intended as a weblog of the IPP, a sporadic, idiosyncratic investigation of independent publishing in South Africa - launched at Blank Projects, Cape Town, in September 2011. Visit or follow this page for updates on the project's trajectory and to view research paraphernalia as it happens. For more information email
2012, 08 May - 01 June: Research office at the Parking Gallery with Research Art

2012, 15 March - 26 April: Workshop and exhibition at Goethe-Institut Library with Josh Ginsburg, Jared Ginsburg, Ryan van Huyssteen, Jacques du Toit, Georgia Munnik, Talya Lubinsky, Ndaxola Nkalashe, Shannon Ferguson, Mika Conradie, Michael Maqungo, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Rangoato Hlasane, Alphabet Zoo (Mini Ngoyi, Isaac Zavale), CUSS (Jamal Nxedlana, Ravi Govender, Zamani Xolo & Nikki Comninos) and others.

2011, 8 September - 1 October: IPP launch with a temporary library and workshop at blank projects with Josh Ginsburg, Stuart Cairns, Sebastian Borckenhagen, James King, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Christian Nerf, Nathan Gates, Trasi Henen, Jared Ginsburg, Kyle Morland, Lance Herman, Bianca Baldi, Unathi Mkonto, Emalie Bingham, Ryan van Huyssteen, Sjaka Septembir, Jamal Nxedlana, Ravi Govender, Zamani Xolo, Lalya Leiman and Amirah Tadin of CUSS Monthly, and others.

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Events of the final week of the IPP at blank projects

A quick provisional rundown of events planned for the upcoming week.

On Tuesday 27 September at 14:00 Clive Kellner will be in conversation with the IPP on the history of the Camouflage gallery (1991-2001) and his experience of independence and agency within the landscape of contemporary art in South Africa.

Magazines by CUSS produced in collaboration with students from the WITS school of Fine Arts will be available as take-aways at Blank from Wednesday 28th September.

Another two informal conversations will be hosted on Friday 30th, the first at 11:00 with Kathryn Smith, artist and founder of serialworks, on independent strategies and making the conditions to make in, and the second at 14:30 with Andy Mason, comic artist and educator, on various topics that emerge around his extensive collection of South African comics.

A selection from Andy Mason's collection.

And finally, on Saturday the 1st of October the IPP will close with participant's and facilitators in conversation on anything and everything about self and independent publishing, and about the IPP itself... Join us to listen or pitch in, or afterwards for a drink (conversation 11:00-13:00, closing from 13:00 onwards, gallery closes at 15:00).



by Nathan Gates

Genealogy beginnings...

Early mind-maps tracking conversations held in the initial stages of the IPP project research...

The expanding network is in the process of being mapped out according to personal links, alongside thumbnails of books and other publications loaned to the project.

Yet to be exhausted list from Stacy Hardy with a timeline of independent publishing initiatives in SA since 1956


part library part working studio

Intrepid archiving of the 628 (and counting) publications within the IPP's temporary collection continues, matched by dedicated enthusiasm from participants working within the gallery. Master archivist Siemon Allen has a show opening at the goodman this Saturday (17/08/2011), so there won't be a conversation hosted at Blank, details of events for next week to be confirmed soon.