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