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Triple Canopy: Novel Operations at Artists Space Books & Talks



Novel Operations

The launch of Corrected Slogans and Invalid Format, with a performance by Jim Fletcher

Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, NY
March 29, 2013
7:00–9:00 p.m., $5 suggested donation
Triple Canopy is pleased to mark the publication of two new books—the second volume of the annual anthology Invalid Format and Corrected Slogans—with a performance by noted actor Jim Fletcher, followed by a reception with the editors and contributors. 

Corrected Slogans is the culmination of the multi-part project Corrected Slogans (A Publication in Four Acts), which was conceived as Triple Canopy’s contribution to “Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art,” an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The book, which hinges on annotated transcripts of a series of public conversations, represents a collective effort to establish a new critical discourse around conceptual art and poetics. 

Fletcher’s performance will draw upon various literary formats included in Corrected Slogans—transcripts, footnotes, stanzas, dialogue, indexes, and a lexicon—to interpret and amplify the book’s many textual registers, unraveling dialogues and vocalizing word-play with his fellow actors and the audience. 

Corrected Slogans includes work and words by Nora AbramsAndrea AnderssonErica BaumFranklin Bruno,Corina CoppMichael CorrisBrian DroitcourJim FletcherZachary GermanLucy IvesAaron KuninMargaret LeePaul LegaultK. Silem MohammadKen OkiishiR. H. QuaytmanKatie RaissianAriana ReinesWilliam S. SmithMónica de la TorreGretchen WagnerHannah Whitaker, and Matvei Yankelevich

Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, designed in collaboration with Project Projects, is at once an archive of Triple Canopy’s widespread publishing activities and a translation into print of projects that originally appeared in other forms. The design of Invalid Format reflects this problem: How might works produced for the screen be transposed to the codex in a way that recalls that former context, though not slavishly, and while also fully inhabiting the page? How can the form and function of interactive, audiovisual works be degraded elegantly, without disappearing entirely, in print? 

The second volume of Invalid Format includes artist projects and literary work published from early 2009 through mid-2010, documentation of public programs, and a sampling of foundational correspondence. Contributors include Sophia Al-MariaJosé León CerrilloJoshua CohenTeddy CruzEd HalterLucy IvesVictoria Miguel,Joe MilutisNew HumansHassan Khan & Clare DaviesKarthik PandianLucy RavenLuc SanteDan Torop, and Zs & Josh Slater


Jim Fletcher has worked with Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players for more than twelve years, most recently in Early Plays, a joint production with the Wooster Group. He is a member of the cast of Gatz, the Elevator Repair Service production based on The Great Gatsby, and has worked with Bernadette Corporation, Claire Fontaine, the English group Forced Entertainment (Sight is the Sense That Dying People Tend to Lose First,Quizoola!), and Sarah Michelson (Devotion). In 2012, he received an Obie award for sustained excellence of performance.

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Productive Behaviors at Triple Canopy

A-z_presentation_slugLeft: Astrom/Zimmer, sketch for content mapping application. Right: Lewis Wickes Hine, photograph of women reading at the Siegel-Cooper Company, 1910.

Productive Behaviors


155 Freeman Street 
February 25, 2013 
7:00 p.m., $5 suggested donation 

Triple Canopy is pleased to present a conversation about new directions in digital publishing with its first designers-in-residence, the Zurich-based duo of Anthon Astrom and Lukas Zimmer. Astrom and Zimmer began working together in 2007, when they initiated the Café Society Project, which investigates frameworks for reading, writing, and organizing information on-screen and in print. In 2011, they founded Astrom/Zimmer studio, which works in research, design, and software development. In the past five years, Astrom and Zimmer have won the Swiss Federal Design Award twice, among other accolades. 

Astrom and Zimmer are spending the month of February in Brooklyn, working with Triple Canopy as we develop a new publishing platform to launch in September. Tonight, they will present their work and discuss issues pertaining to the shift from print to digital publishing with Triple Canopy editors. Specifically, they will preview two applications to be launched in conjunction with the forthcoming redesign of Triple Canopy’s website: one that dynamically maps and reinforces relationships—spatial, temporal, thematic, geographic—between various kinds of online content (and representations of events and objects that exist offline); another that enables readers to collate, classify, share, discuss, and print such materials, using a sophisticated yet straightforward columnar interface. 

Along with Triple Canopy editors, Astrom and Zimmer will ask how publishing platforms and applications might not only illuminate but also amplify the fundamental relationships between people, places, objects, and social processes that constitute Triple Canopy’s expanded field of publication. Rather than shoveling all kinds of information onto the Web, how might we design interfaces, and facilitate reading experiences, that make productive use of the ineluctable differences between digital information and tangible things in the world? Moving beyond the naive fantasy of online knowledge production, how might we envision the circulation of information between those realms so as to be meaningful, even socially beneficial?

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Bidoun #26 “Soft Power” Launch Party

Friday May 18th, 2012 at 7pm.

A celebration of the publication of Bidoun #26, Soft Power, hosted by Triple Canopy at 155 Freeman.

Featuring a conversation between Iman Issa and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, readings by Anand Balakrishnan and Michael C. Vazquez, and music by Tiffany Malakooti

$5 suggested donation


Join us in celebrating the twenty-sixth issue of Bidoun, which considers art and patronage, state-sponsored media, cultural diplomacy, revolution and counterrevolution, nation and/or corporate branding, and potato chips as public relations.

Artist Iman Issa will discuss monuments and mysteries, among other things, with Bidoun contributing editor Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, who writes about Issa in “Radical Subtraction.” Issa’s work, which was part of the recent New Museum Triennial, “The Ungovernables,” creates an eloquent language of forms to address unruly questions about place, power and memory.

Writer Anand Balakrishnan will read from his story “The Serendipity of Sand,” which ponders the ultimate civilizational soft-power gambit — the monumental ruin — and what that might have to do with the zebra’s beguiling stripes.

Bidoun senior editor Michael C. Vazquez will present outtakes from his essay “The Bequest of Quest,” which contemplates the curious legacy of Cold War magazines funded by the American CIA, including the Indian literary magazine Quest and the African journal Transition.

A slide show of covers of nation-state self-help books, drawn from Shumon Basar and Parag Khanna’s article “Soft Readers Prefer Hard Covers,” will be shown.

Throughout the evening, Bidoun’s Tiffany Malakooti will play Iranian wedding trance and Lebanese happy softcore.

To purchase this issue — or better, to subscribe — visit Bidoun’s web shop:http://www.bidoun.org/shop/

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Artists’ Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art








Triple Canopy hosts two events this weekend celebrating the new publication Artists’ Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art written by Gwen Allen. A launch party and signing with the author is being held tonight(6/10) from 6-8pm at Printed Matter. Tomorrow at 6pm at DIA in Chelsea, Allen will speak about her book and then join a panel discussion with Paul Chan, Angie Keefer, Matt Keegan, David Platzker, and Colby Chamberlain who will moderate. More information is available on Printed Matter’s website.

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Triple Canopy Launch Party and 2-Up Launch Party

Also at 177 Livingston, Triple Canopy hosts a launch party for issue 8 “Hue and Cry” next Saturday April 17th at 9pm, free admission. “Drinks, music, fluorescent chandelier, video by Patrick Smith and Karthik Pandian, a reading by Lucy Ives, and more entertainment to be announced.”

first up by Nathan Lee and Monika Zarzeczna

On Friday April 30th, 2-Up is hosting a launch party for issue 3 at 177 Livingston, 8pm, free. “2-UP is a collaborative poster project, comprising sixteen artists and writers. Each month 2-UP pairs two of its members to produce a double-sided poster, distributed in editions of two. Poster 3 is by Zerek Kempf and Cathy Park Hong.”

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Publication Studio at 177 Livingston

I have so many things to announce. My first announcement is that Publication Studio a print-on-demand publishing laboratory in Portland, Oregon is in Brooklyn for the weekend at 177 Livingston, the new home of Triple Canopy, Light Industry, and The Public School New York. Tonight I stopped by to check out their books and listen to a conversation about publishing, publications, and bookstores. During the day tomorrow (Saturday April 10th) you can stop by for some good conversation and good book browsing, and shopping. Israel Lund (who has a great blog recommended to me by my friend Mabel Cordero who also has a great blog) has a beautiful book for sale called Some, But Not All, of My Clothes. Let’s take a virtual tour – artmag’s first embedded video!

A wonderful little editioned hand-painted book by Chris Johanson and Joanna Jackson is also for sale, among other gems.

Tomorrow night Publication Studio is also hosting a party with live music by Dragging an Ox Through Water; paintings by Dana Dart-McLean; prints by Israel Lund; projected photos by Ari Marcopoulos; new video by M Blash; very short readings by my friend Christine Hou, as well as Pravin JainMatthew Stadler, and What We Are Learning. New video selections curated by Cleopatra’s. 8–11 pm, $5 at the door.

More info about Publication Studio from their website:

Publication Studio is an experiment in sustainable publication. We print and bind books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire, books that both respond to the conversation of the moment and can endure. We attend to the social life of the book, cultivating a public that cares and is engaged. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense — not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through deliberate acts: the circulation of texts; discussions and gatherings in physical space; and the maintenance of a digital commons. Together these construct a space of conversation, a public space, which beckons a public into being.

I also wanted to mention that Matthew Stadler who runs Publication Studio out of his home in Portland, Oregon used to be the literary editor for Nest Magazine!

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NY Art Book Fair Saturday and Sunday re-cap


On Saturday I participated in Jennifer Sullivan‘s Fall Collection event as part of The Classroom.  The Fall Collection fashion show was a launch party for issue one of Threads magazine which Jennifer edits along with artist Jenn Brehm.  I hope to do an interview with Jennifer and Jenn about their magazine in the next few months.  Here are some photographs of the fashion show:

4 fashion pics(Clockwise: Jennifer Sullivan, Jenn Brehm, Rachael Morrison, Nathan Richard Wagner, and Ryan Roth)

One of the highlights of The Fair was the Triple Canopy event in The Classroom.  This included a visit from special guest “Robert Rauschenberg,” (even though he died in the spring of 2008) at The Invisible Grammer: A Tribute to Aspen’s ” Time Silence and Reduction, and Language” issue on its 42nd Anniversary. “Rauschenberg” in conversation with Andres Laracuente told the story of his famous drawing Erased De Kooning, 1953.  The story was told beautifully.


In my final tour around PS1 I walked past familiar magazine vendors ZingMagazine, Art on Paper, mono.kultur, the journal, Frieze, Gagarin,…  At the Golden Age stand I found these two new magazines: Proximity Magazine from Chicago, IL and Evergreen from Melbourne, Australia.  I hope to get my hands on them again and give them more attention on this blog.




I also checked out FOIL and IANN, two magazines published by FOIL from Asia:




In addition to all the magazines I perused, I looked at artists books on the tables of some of my favorite independent publishers Regency Arts Press Ltd., and Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.) Press.  I didn’t get anything from Regency Arts Press this year, but I did speak with Lauren Wittels who told me about two exciting upcoming events.  Open Book is going to be an interactive online catalogue of books made by artists and independent publishers.  The site will be launched in early 2010 and the first open-call for submissions took place on Saturday Oct. 17th X-Initiative in Chelsea.   Also coming up is the Art Book Swap at The Museum of Modern Art on Saturday Feb. 6th, 2010.

CIMG0087The Daddy Magazine Room / Installation

CIMG0086Josh Smith takes over the wall behind his outfit: 38th Street Publishers

CIMG0089Farewell to another great Art Book Fair.

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Events at The NY Art Book Fair


There are going to be a ton of events happening all weekend at the NY Art Book Fair.  In addition to book signings, exhibitions, table after table of art books, magazines, ephemera, etc., The Classroom (curated by David Senior of the MoMA Library) promises interesting performances every hour on the hour.  Schedule is as follows:

Thursday night at The Preview (6-8pm) (Oct. 1):

6:30-7:30pm – Bruce High Quality Foundation: Explaining Pictures to a Dead Bull

Friday (Oct. 2):

12-1pm – Bongout Gallery: gallery and printmaking workshop

1-2pm – Joachim Schmid: Bilder von der Strasse / Pictures from the Street

2-3pm – Michalis Pichler: presents his book Un Coup de Des Jamais N’Abolira Le Hasard / A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance

3-4pm – Daniel Barrow: The Face of Everything: a live animation

4-5pm – Red76: The Pop-Up Book Academy

5-6pm – Ellie Ga: The Fortunetellers

Saturday (Oct. 3)

11am-12:30pm – W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy): Teach-in

1-2pm – J&L Books: Variety Show: a one hour show with 12 acts

2pm – Rick Myers: Mirror | Feedback | Section

2-3pm – John Miller: The Middle of the Day

3-5pm – Friends of the Fine Arts (FFARTS): Life Drawing Session

5-7pm – Red76: The Pop-Up Book Academy

5pm – Jennifer Sullivan: Fall Collection ***

Sunday (Oct. 4)

11:30am-12:30pm – Center for Book Arts: Bookmaking Workshop

12:30-1:30 – Center for Book Arts: The Handmade Multiple

1:30-2:30 – Filip Magazine: Letters from the Last Coast

2:30-3:30 – Triple Canopy: The Invisible Grammer: A Tribute to Aspen’s ” Time Silence and Reduction, and Language” issue on its 42nd Anniversary

3:30-4:30 – Ugly Duckling Presse: Reading of Notes on Conceptualisms (Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman)


Stan Shellabarger will be making/performing his Walking Book Project.

Miller & Shellabarger perform Untitled (Sewing) on Sunday throughout the day.

In addition to these FREE events is the Contemporary Artists Books Conference which costs a whooping $100 for the two days of panel discussions and lectures, and $20 for each separate event.  Of interest to ArtMag is the session titled: Zines: Institutional Collecting, Zine Makers, and the Fine Line of Art at 2pm on Saturday October 3rd.

***I will be participating in Jennifer Sullivan‘s Fall Collection fashion show.  The fashion show is a launch party for issue one of her new magazine Threads, which she co-edits with the artist Jenn Brehm.  “Fall Collection [is] a street-style inspired runway show featuring an eclectic collection of NYC based artists and designers modeling their own personal styles and wearable art creations.  Sullivan will MC as models work the runway, along with musical accompaniment and attitudinal inspiration provided by DJ Andrew Steinmetz.”  Jenn Brehm will be on hand selling this awesome new art & fashion magazine. (the fashion show starts at 5pm on the first floor of PS1, not 6pm as I had posted previously)


Joachim Schmid  – Bilder von der StraßePictures from the Street

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Art on Less Paper

I have been wondering how the recession would hit art magazines.  Would there be a noticeable change or would some magazines just disappear?

art on less paper

When I received the January/February 2009 issue of Art on Paper I was disappointed to see that it had shrunk down to half its former size.  It seemed ironic; art on less paper.  In the publishers note at the beginning of the issue, Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett brush off  financial troubles, claiming their reasoning for the change in size was because of environmental concerns and the physical weight of the magazine.  They promise that content, quality, and the “publications spirit” have not been reduced.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I am sad to see the small version of Art on Paper, but I also agree with their reasons for reducing the size.  It seems not only representative of the current economic climate, but also of the shift from print to digital, and increasing eco-awareness.

Other art magazines have made changes in layout, design, size, and paper too.  Bomb, for example, has shed it’s glossy paper for a heavy matte, Capricious printed it’s last two issues on newsprint (although it doubled in size), and The New York Times Sunday Magazine is smaller, thinner, and has been redesigned to cram as much information onto the page as possible.


I also recently received a letter informing me that Artweek has gone out of business after 40 years of publication.  This is the first major art periodical to go bust.


The only successful story to report on is the choice editor Tod Lippy made with the most recent issue (no.12) of Esopus Magazine.  When faced with financial trouble he made a truly creative choice.  The theme of the magazine is black and white, which saved him the high cost of printing in color.  Read The Editor’s Note here.  With the exception of a simple black and white poster, no fancy papers have been used, there are no inserts, or other ephemera which adorned previous issues.  The content, however, is just as rich and colorful as ever, and I was most excited to see an article about Bern Porter with a reproduction of his artist book: Where to Go/What to do/When in New York/Week of June 17, 1972.

This is a reminder to support the arts!  Don’t let your subscriptions lapse.  Art Magazines are wonderful venues for emerging and established artists to exhibit, write, and speak about art.  But, if you are feeling truly strapped for cash, here are some *free* online art magazines, blogs, and websites:

Triple Canopy

e-flux journal

Shifter Magazine

Art Fag City


Club Internet

The Highlights

I Heart Photograph



Private Circulation



Why + Wherefore

Spring Break

*many of these links borrowed from the exhibit Let’s Meet in In Real Life at Capricious Space this past spring.

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