Publishing as Public Space

When: 27 March
Where: MPavilion Parkade
How much: Free!
More info: Melbourne Art Book Fair

Gone are the days of the lone design critic. A changing media landscape has meant that discourse around design comes in all different forms – be it text, image, memes, Instagram or sound file, among others – and a multitude of voices. In a way, publishing itself has become a public space. The issues inherent in building public space and the publishing of words and thinking share the same concerns – among them accessibility, intersectionality, and authorship.

This event as part of Melbourne Art Book Fair brings together young thinkers, design satirists and established publishers and editors to investigate how publishing design thinking is evolving.

Hoarding Parkade
Students from RMIT Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) present their future visions for Parkade through fictional construction hoardings. Guest critic: Rachel Elliot Jones (Molonglo).

Eye on Nothing
Arie Rain Glorie and Emma Mary Hall shine a literal and metaphorical light on the absurdity of design discourse, and art-speak in general, through a design critique that attempts to make nothing seem like something. By examining nothing in great depth and with great gusto, they will open up a design discourse in unexpected ways, cementing themselves as Melbourne’s thought leaders in the field of nothing.

Publishing as Public Space
Worldwide, the publishing industry has taken a hard blow during the global pandemic. As international publishing companies pull out of smaller markets – such as German multinational Bauer Media in Aotearoa New Zealand – community funded publications are taking centre stage. Alongside this, private companies that build our city infrastructure and homes are stepping up to help fund and produce research and stories, disseminating this into public space. We will will discuss alternative and innovative methods for funding design publishing, from working with private companies, to crowd sourcing, traditional advertising, social enterprise and public funding, responding to the central questions: how do we create a more resilient publishing sector? What are the futures for arts publishing? Discussion with Steve Mintern, Katie Kerr, Jeremy Kibel, Bridget Caldwell-Bright and Henry Oliver. Moderated by Assemble Papers editor Sophie Rzepecky.

[Fictional Journal, Anywhere, Anytime, Demo Festival: Amsterdam, 2019]