A backdated post to share a short article that we wrote on invitation for Art South Africa. Click the image to link to a pdf via mediafire (the original article is available in print or somewhere in the ether of the redesigned Art SA website!).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 is at ease again after a quiet month at the Parking Gallery. Thanks to Ruth Sacks and Simon Gush + the VANSA people for hosting us. Upcoming events will be listed here as they emerge - for now, we're settling down to reflect on our time in Joburg, consolidate our catalogue, and read some of the things in our slowly growing library.
Using a back-room as a small research office, the project is sharing space and attention with an archival experiment to be conducted by Research Art (Francis Burger and Josh Ginsburg) in conversation with the Artist Proof Studio retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
The Parking Gallery is a malleable artist-run project initiated to create an alternative platform for contemporary art in South Africa. The first incarnation of the gallery was founded in 2006 by Simon Gush as a temporary and informal exhibition space. Currently hosted by VANSA Gauteng, the Parking Gallery exists as a common space for discussions, debates and showcasing topical work, facilitated by Gush and Ruth Sacks. The platform is structured around a weekly event held every Wednesday evening. Each week will host a presentation by art world practitioners involved in relevant projects and research, as well as professionals from various different fields outside of the art world.
Parking Gallery at VANSA: Craftsman Center, 5th floor, 289 Fox Street, City and Suburban, JHB
Folded copies of an IPP produced pamphlet, Mister Follow Follow, with works by Deadheat (Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Bettina Malcomess), Gerhard and Maja Marx, Neil le Roux, Joe Foster, Michael Maqungo, Elsabe Milandri and Chris Mabena.
The pamphlet was produced with the support of Shoe Shop, a multi-dimensional project about walking curated/facilitated by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Cara Snyman. Copies are available at the project shop at 6 De Beer street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
The Independent Publishing Project (IPP) has been in residence at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg since mid-march and will close with a showcase of new works, prototypes and works in progress.
Join us for the event on Tuesday 24 April at 18:30 at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg: 119 Jan Smuts Ave (entrance on New Port Road), Parkwood.
Our working studio will be translated into a short-loan book bar for the event that will be open from 18:30 to 20:00.
Johannesburg based self-broadcasters CUSS will be screening their second 'webisode', a short film made for online viewing, at 19:00 in the auditorium (see process images of their shoot at the Goethe here).
Participation and works by Josh Ginsburg, Rangoato Hlasane, Mark Kannemeyer, Talya Lubinsky, Georgia Munnik, Ndaxola Nkalashe, Ryan van Huyssteen, CUSS, Mika Conradie, Shannon Ferguson, Jared Ginsburg, Zahn Rust, Joe Foster, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Alphabet Zoo (Mini Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale) and CUSS (Jamal Nxedlana, Zamani Xolo and Ravi Govender with Nikki Comninos) amongst others.
Sebastian Borckenhagen, Mini Ngoyi, Isaac Zavale, Mika Conradie, Shannon Ferguson, Talya Lubinksy, Ragoato Hlasane, Georgia Munnik, Ndaxola Nkalashe, Josh and Jared Ginsburg, Jacques du Toit, Francis Burger and Jonah Sack working through the last weekend of the IPP's run at the Goethe-Institut.
Mark Kannemeyer presented items from his personal collections to the IPP and participants, ranging from Tessa no. 1. to Robert Crumb et al's original Snatch comics. Snippets of the talk and more images will be transcribed and posted in the near (to far) future.
Zebulon Dread's first 'Hei Voetsek' - sold, in his words, to tannies in oudtshoorn who liked his oversized penis...
Jacques Coetzer's cover for the Tukkies rag magazine (which included his graphic novel 'Die avontuur van AT Nel') and Rapscallionz comics
Christian innuendo's in the American religious comic Doctor Peculiar.
The young Tessa.