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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The Independent Publishing Project at the Goethe-Institut Library 15 March - 26 April 2012

A second public iteration of the Independent Publishing Project, produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa*, will be running at the Goethe-Institut library on Jan Smuts avenue from the 15th of March until the 26th of April.

Begun in 2011, the IPP is a research initiative aimed at gathering people and objects around the idea of self or small-scale publishing in a South African context.

Focusing on collaboration and conversation among contemporary practitioners the exhibition will feature a select reading room and a working studio. Guest participants to occupy the space include Josh Ginsburg, Rangoato Hlasane, Mark Kannemeyer, CUSS (Ravi Govender, Jamal Nxedlana, Nikki Comninos and Zamani Xolo), and Sebastian Borckenhagen, amongst others.

The project will develop within the space over six weeks, culminating with a combined event showcasing new works, an IPP broadsheet and the screening of CUSS’s Johannesburg focused webisode (see the Durban version here). The event will take place on the 24th of April at 18:30 at the Goethe-Institut.

A small introductory gathering for participants and others interested in the project will be held on the 15th of March at 18:30.

The exhibition run will be dotted with two-day intensive workshops run by the facilitators and artist participants. We'll start publicizing workshop      and other event info from the 26th of March, 2012.

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* Goethe-Institut Johannesburg:

 119 Jan Smuts Ave (entrance on New Port Road), Parkwood 2193,
 +27 11 4423232

Gallery hours**

Monday - Thursdays 09:00-13:00; 14:00-18:00; Fridays 09:00 - 14:30
Saturdays by appointment (email

** Restricted viewing times may be imposed on the reading room from the 26th of March and will be announced here so please check back before visiting the space