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 IPP will be hosting a workshop titled ‘making space’ over the next few weeks starting this Saturday 31 March at 10:30 am sharp. Following the intro, the programme will run every Friday and Saturday until 21 April. 

‘Making space’ is about using the physical or virtual space of a publication as a space for critical thought, experimentation and play. The aim of the workshop is to introduce a small group of students to independent publishing as an artistic or creative strategy. The workshop will facilitate each student’s creation of a personal or collaborative space through the development of a publishable form or structure. Focused loosely on small-scale print and online publishing, students will interact with a range of different strategies employed by different practitioners – from self-broadcasting to real-time archiving to book binding and layout. 

The workshop will be supported by guest participants CUSS (Zamani Xolo, Ravi Govender, Nikki Comninos & Jamal Nxedlana), Rangoato Hlasane, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Josh and Jared Ginsburg and Mark Kannemeyer. 


Saturday 31 March: 10:30—14:00: WORKSHOP INTRO with Jonah Sack and Francis Burger (IPP facilitators). 

10:30—11:30 Introductory session
11:30—12:00 Visual research and reading time within IPP library
12:00—13:00 Break
13:00—14:00 Group discussion
14:00—15:00 OPTIONAL individual consultation about ideas

BRING pens/pencils and paper plus any previous works, zines, publications etc…

The remaining workshop dates are each following Friday and Saturday from 10:30 to 18:00, with compulsory contact times from 10:30—16:00 – so that’s 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 of April.

Guest participants will conduct either morning or afternoon sessions consisting of a half to one hour presentation of their work and a 2 hour + session consulting with individual students who are interested.

All workshop contact will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut head office on Jan Smuts Ave.
119 Jan Smuts Ave, entrance on New Port Road, Parkwood 2193,Johannesburg
NB not at Arts on Main … except for Saturday 14 April where we will walk in the CBD with Ra Hlasane. 

Details about this and other guest participant sessions will be given during the intro on Saturday 31 March & posted here on the blog. Please let us know if you're coming as space is limited. 

For more information please email


CUSS webisode shoot in the auditorium

Behind the scenes stills from CUSS and collaborator's webisode shoot in the Goethe Institut auditorium...


The IPP & 'This is your place'

The IPP interacted with a workshop during March titled 'This is your place', run by Bettina Malcomess, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Puleng Plessie with learners from New Model High School. The students produced photocopied booklets with maps, interviews and songs composed in response to the area around their school (Jeppestown and City & Suburban).

After a short recap of the student's work from the previous week and a show and tell of the IPP, the students separated into groups to walk different routes through the area. We walked in the rapidly developing Maboneng precinct with Bettina, Cynthia, Puleng, Thandekile & Musa. Bettina led the way to a building with a basement submerged under water. Thandekile recognised the relative of Khulekani "Mgqumeni" Khumalo (a popular  maskandi singer who died in 2009 but was recently the subject of a hoax reincarnation by Sibusiso Gcabashe).

The CKG's final booklet: produced the following week

'This is your place' was part of an ongoing exhibition by Malcomess and Kreutzfeldt (deadheat) titled Not No Place at Goethe on Main (Arts on Main - 245 Main Street, City and Suburban, JHB) 24 March - 14 April 2012.


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


Cape Town to Johannesburg

Shelving, books and other paraphernalia en route from Research Art in Cape Town to the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.