Indonesia at London Art Book Fair 2019 - Ways of Reading

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Last month we had did a collaboration with Further Reading, a multi-format publishing platform based in Jakarta, Indonesia. This year at The London Book Fair, Indonesia was chosen as the Market Focus and to honour that Further Reading along with collaborator Dua Studio created a multi platform exhibition titled Ways of Reading. The exhibition explored reading as a three dimensional space and questioned whether reading had to be a solitary act.

To preface the exhibition, the group staged interventions during the week of the book fair around London. In iconic locations they posed in huge metallic structural garments. These interventions were then photographed and made into a publication which we printed here at Rabbits Road.

The turnover of the printing was pretty fast, with each intervention executed hours before they were printed. Each day myself and Januar (who lead the project), took on a different intervention and a different specific colour. We explored how these photographs could be translated for Risograph. Sometimes the printing sessions ran very smoothly, for example the medium blue was a joy to print. However, at other times we spent hours editing the photos so that they would look legible with florescent orange. This process was not dissimilar to how the interventions were carried out, some being more successful than others.

On the final day the group from Indonesia came to the studio and assembled the publication. In the end there were two hundred copies and an introductory brochure. Each page was a single colour but they all came together to make a brilliant and engaging publication. These were then shown at Protein Studios the following Saturday. The event included talks centring around discussions about forms of reading from Dua Studio, Further Reading, Bundschuh Architekten and many more.

It was a joy to work with Further Reading and Dua Studio and wish them all the best! Here at Rabbits Road Press, we love collaborating and printing with international artists and if you have any ideas don’t hesitate to contact us!

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RADMIN - A review by Etta Voorsanger-Brill

I arrived in Bristol looking forward to attending RADMIN, an experimental conference about administration. I was hoping for tips and tricks on how to approach funding forms, time sheets and invoicing. Upon arrival, I realised it wasn’t going to be quite as clear cut as that.

The first event was a welcome dinner, hosted at Ashton Court; a 16th century repurposed castle 10 minutes outside of Bristol city centre. We were welcomed with drinks and encouraged to mingle, I was relieved to find that almost everyone attending did so alone. As we were eating a wonderful meal hosted by The Viriconium Palace, it was announced to us that there was £780 in the ladies bathroom. To this we could do what we wanted, be that taking the money, adding to it or dancing around it in a ritualistic manner. This became a contentious issue throughout the one hundred people that were gathered there. “Did you take the money?”, “Would you take the money”, were questions that permeated the whole weekend.

I went in to see the money (and use the bathroom) and I cannot lie, I was tempted to take some money. I didn’t think I had enough cash to get a taxi back to my hotel. I was left alone in the bathroom, bar someone else in a stall, and I reached in to take a £10 note. When I picked it up the money rustled and I was mortified to think someone else would know I took it, so I instantly put it back. Later, someone else confessed to me that they did take some money — but only because when they went in there, lots of other people were taking it. By the end of the night there was only £40 left. What that means, I’m not sure, but I know that it was something to talk about once the ever interesting topic of admin became tiresome.

The concept of RADMIN was still being explored the next day. The first speaker, Tim Malnick, declared “we’re all here but we’re not sure what it’s about”, after he made us explore our biggest admin fears though physical movement. Was this a festival for creatives, about admin, or a festival for administrators, about creativity? RADMIN fell in the grey area between these two ideas, and didn’t clearly define itself therefore attracting both parties.

The first workshop I chose was Redrawing Economy with Keep it Complex. Other options were, Radical Organisational Portraiture or Vegetal Organisations, where you observed plants for twenty minutes. In Redrawing Economy (run by the long time collaborator to Rabbits Road Press, Rosalie Schweiker), we explored visualising concepts though drawing. Rosalie invited Fozia Ismail to talk about her experiences founding Arawelo Eats, an East African Supper Club hosted in Bristol and Guy Lochhead who founded Bristol Cooperative Gym. While they spoke the group drew continually and tried to visualise their words. After we looked at everyone’s drawings and discussed them, people had very different reactions. This workshop contained so many transferable skills, by visualising non-visual concepts, it makes them more understandable. It was a wonderful ice breaker to what was going to be a pretty intense day.

The afternoon workshop I signed up for was run by Incidental Unit. The idea behind Incidental Unit was to place artists within institutions and let them react to the space using The Open Brief; a brief devoid of any guidelines. This workshop was all about critical thinking and really challenged us to listen. It was becoming no clearer who RADMIN was for, and I was half way though the day. The workshop was not admin focussed but concerned admin at its core. How can an artists go anywhere without a trail of admin invariably following them.

The final speaker of the day, FoAm, invoked a meditative response to admin by comparing it to magic and sorcery. We were lulled into a sleep state by the speaker likening funding to divination and forms to scrying. This final performance encompassed the themes of the day: admin puns and slight confusion. However it was still no clearer what RADMIN was…

Throughout the weekend, the idea of admin was approached with a tongue-and-cheek air. Something we all had to do wether we took pleasure in it or not. Admin is generally seen as invisible work which is assigned to the marginalised in society. This was reflected in the mostly female attendees. However, RADMIN did not consider diversity at any point. There were no people of colour on the speakers list and the audience was predominantly white. This lack of consideration shows that the feminism being displayed was not visibly intersectional and the organisers of the festival didn’t recognise this as a problem. If we are championing the invisible work, we need to also champion all of the people who do that work, not just the select few.

In the evening, the Office Party which was to follow, was held at cooperative cinema The Cube. An event for us all to blow off some steam and gossip about the events of the day, like a normal office party. Just to prove how non-hierarchical their organisation was — even the guests had to check the toilets! Upon arriving, I was whisked swiftly to the bathrooms to flush the toilets and check there was enough tissue paper. There was also a series of performances, including a woman answering all of her emails on stage and another artist doing a perpetual sound check. Ending the evening was a sing along performance which had a hilariously unintentional introduction, where they apologised for what was about to happen. Very apt.

The final day contained a trade show, an ironically disorganised raffle and an audience participated therapy session, where an artist lamented in not being able to sell their work. I think at this point, it no longer mattered what RADMIN was, there was no clear answer. Was it productive? Not particularly. But, it was a very memorable experience.

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Hoda Katebi (Chicago): Starting a Fashion Production Co-operative

OOMK is delighted to welcome Hoda Katebi to the UK! Hoda is a Chicago-based political fashion writer, (JooJoo Azad), author (Tehran Streetstyle) & community organiser. She'll be stopping off at Rabbits Road Press as part of her tour where she will be in conversation with journalist and filmmaker Arwa Aburawa.  

Hoda will share the process of building Blue Tin Production, a fashion production co-op she has set up which is staffed and managed by immigrant and refugee women in Chicago. The cooperative is designed to creatively address the fashion industry’s heavy reliance on sweatshops and violent labour conditions in addition to the need for immigrants and refugee women to find well-paid, women-centered, non-patronizing work.

Blue Tin Production seeks to provide highly-skilled refugee and low-income immigrant women full-time work in Chicago, producing clothing for designers and brands nationally, while simultaneously meeting mental and physical health, legal, social service, child care, transportation, language, and other needs of its members. In doing so, Blue Tin Production will act as an alternative to sweatshop-based fashion production within the United States, disrupting chains of violence within the industry.

Hoda is a self-described angry daughter of Muslim-Iranian immigrants. She is the voice behind JooJoo Azad, the political fashion online publication hailed from BBC to VOGUE to the New York Times, and author of Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print documentation and celebration of illegal fashion in Iran. Offline, Hoda is part of campaigns to end surveillance programs and police militarization. Most recently, Hoda has launched #BecauseWeveRead, an Instagram-based international book club with meet-ups in 30+ cities around the world, working to uplift and celebrate stories of those whose voices are systemically silenced.

Arwa is a journalist & documentary producer who specialises in health & environmental issues. As a producer on the multi award-winning environmental show ‘earthrise’, Arwa has developed films on topics ranging from conservation, green architecture, renewable energy to food waste. Previous film credits include an exploration of sustainable development in South Africa, agro-ecology in Burkina Faso, solar projects in India and community-led conservation in Afghanistan.

Join OOMK at Rabbits Road Press and discover how creative models of organising can create lasting community impact!

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hoda-katebi-chicago-starting-a-fashion-production-co-opertive-tickets-55608244757

Watch a video of  Blue Tin Production here. Read more in this Vogue article:

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Winners: 'Neighbourhood' Artist Commissions 2019

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NOUN

1. A district or community within a town or city.

1.1 The area surrounding a particular place, person, or object.

1.2 [mass noun] Neighbourly feeling or conduct

We are delighted to announce the winners of the ‘Neighbourhood’ Artist Commissions 2019 who will producing Riso-publications with Rabbits Road Press.

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 WINNERS

Tej Adeleye will be investigating the possibilities of creating an archive-zine on behalf of the George Padmore Institute as an outcome of workshops with community groups and activist campaigners in Ladbroke Grove interested in organising their archives in services of the local community, particularly to keep people informed of long-standing activism in the area. The zine will build on the work of campaigners to tell the story of local struggle in the area, centred around Grenfell tower, using social media posts and annotations to build a story that can be shared in the local area and for local activist groups.

Katie Peck is using the commission to produce an illustrated zine depicting her memories of growing up in Dagenham and the communities that can be found in the area.  The A5 zine will include contributions and interviews from local residents that breakdown stereotypes people have of Dagenham and will be produced in her chosen colours of pink, blue, orange and yellow.

Abondance Matanda will be using the commission to create 'Once Upon A Grind', named after Ms Banks' first mixtape, which builds on previous work and documents her experience of being without permanent housing this year and how she has held it down since, through her relationship to her faith and music. Relating to different elements of the mixtape and the boroughs Abondance has lived in, this zine will be her “London coming of age story”.

Zahra Halepota will publish a visual journey through her former neighbourhood in Melilla, Spain, a Spanish enclave in North Africa bordering Morocco to the south and west and exposed to the Mediterranean Sea on the other side. Its geography makes it one of the centres of the current global refugee crises, including refugees arriving from neighbouring Morocco.  The booklet will be hand-bound using saddle stitch.  

RUNNERS UP

Maria Mahfooz

Will be using the Risograph to create an “ASMR Roleplay of Manor Park”, disguising herself in different positions in local neighbourhood shops by taking on the role of workers and business owners on her high street. Her performance-to- publication will be documented through photography, photoshop manipulations and hand-drawn illustrations.

Luke Brown runs a monthly food project, FOSCafe, at Red Door Studios, offering a place in East Ham where people can eat and source good, seasonal produce that is grown as locally as possible. He plans to publish a map to guide people to food produced in the area and signpost products, local business and small scale suppliers to offer alternatives. The map will be able to be amended and changed by the user to accommodate new additions and discoveries

Walking Tour and Meal with Aqui Thami

Join Rabbits Road Press resident artist Aqui Thami and the DIY Rabbits on a walking tour of Manor Park. Explore art and food in the area with us and join in our reflections on food as an archive of communities.

After the walk we will be sharing a hearty biriyani meal prepared by local residents. 

Please meet at Rabbits Road Press at 13.00 for hot chai. The walk will begin promptly at 13.30 to approximately 14.30 followed by biriyani.


This is one of the events to mark the end of Aquis residency with Rabbits Road Press and the Victoria and Albert Museum. For any questions about the event please email - laura@createlondon.org

A second walk is happening January 5th at the same time. To book onto this walk please visit eventbrite

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VARI Resident Artist Announced

We're very excited to be welcoming Aqui Thami from Bombay Underground to Rabbits Road Press for a three month residency! As this year's V&A Research Institute Offsite Resident, Aqui will be working closely with as we support her to develop work Rabbits Road Press,  programme some workshops/things for the public and (if she wants!) collaborate on something new with OOMK. Aqui is a Mumbai-based artist, activist and academic. Her multidisciplinary practice is inspired by the culture of DIY, which has brought her to collaborate with young girls, women and children. She is a founding member of Dharavi Art Room and is also a member of Bombay Underground, an artist collective that organised the first Zine Fest held in Mumbai, bringing together a large volume of self-published books and zines for the public for the first time ever in India. Her residency will take place between 15 October 2018 and 15 January 2019.

Thami’s residency is in collaboration with the V&A Research Institute (VARI) and takes place between 15 October 2018 and 15 January 2019. Aqui will be staying at The White House, Create’s residency and community space on the Becontree Estate. This is the second collaboration with the V&A, following the successful residency with Wouter Osterholt at The White House in 2017-18.

“During my residency, I am interested in exploring the V&A’s rich political posters collection with a special focus on handmade posters for public walls and city spaces, works that existed on the edge of the normative definition of art.”

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Open Call: Artist Commissions 2018

neighbourhood

NOUN

1. A district or community within a town or city.

1.1 The area surrounding a particular place, person, or object.

1.2 [mass noun] Neighbourly feeling or conduct

The Brief

Rabbits Road Press is seeking proposals for 6 Risograph printed publications that respond to the theme Neighbourhood to be printed at Rabbits Road Press. There are 4 awards of £200 and 2 runner-up prizes of £100 for the most original responses to the theme and format. All prizes will include free printing credit. To get a better idea of what you can produce, take a look at the winners of the Neighbourhood 2017 commissions!

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Key Dates

Deadline for proposal: 22nd October 2018

Commissions announced:  1st November 2018

Guidelines

  • All proposals must be received by 22nd October 2018 through this short application form.

  • There is no  specified format for the publications, they might be small pocket sized books or larger newspaper formats. The publications – self published artists’ books, chapbooks, zines, pamphlets – may combine text, image, graphics, drawings, creative, fictional or critical works, and use a variety of materials.

  • All publications must be printed at Rabbits Road Press during Open Access hours and allocated printing slots for winners. You will receive free printing credit to complete your project.

  • Each artist will be responsible for the content, design and print of their publication.

  • You may print as many copies of your publication as you like but a minimum of 6 copies are to be donated by each commissioned artist to Rabbits Road Press to be housed in selected Newham libraries and archives. You may wish to produce more copies to be distributed or sold.

  • Selected artists will have access to Rabbits Road Press equipment and materials (for the purpose of their project). Technicians will be on hand to help!

If you have any questions about the applications please contact us at rabbitsroadpress@gmail.com!

ARTIST DIARY: Summer Riso Residency

 

Illustrator and teacher Sadie St Hilaire took part in RRP's Summer Riso Residency 6-10 Aug and shares her photo diary below.

This summer I took part in a week long summer Risograph residency at Rabbits Road Press alongside fifteen other participants. We all had varied experience and practices, but came together to use the Riso facilities at Rabbits Road Press to complete our personal projects; during the week we saw some beautiful zines, prints and experiments being created.

 Day 1
Some participants had never used a Risograph machine before and used the residency week to experiment with how to incorporate the process into their existing artistic practice. Others who were more familiar with the medium used the time to try new techniques or complete a project.

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Induction Prints

Day 2

I’m excited to spend the week working and completing one project.
— Alison
Working on contrast and aligment

Working on contrast and aligment

Day 3
There have been so many exciting experiments happening at the press. Some participants have tried scanning physical objects like drinks cans and plants, experimenting with printing on different materials and trying out new mediums like collage and graphite.

Experiments in progress!

Experiments in progress!

It’s been nice to find out about something really local to me! There’s been a really nice atmosphere. I’ve been learning how the different colours and tones interact with each other.
— Amy
Above: Testing layering methods -From coloured pencil drawing, to SEPARATING layers on the light-box, to the final riso print.  This print was inspired by a scene noticed on the way to Rabbits Road PRESS.

Above: Testing layering methods -From coloured pencil drawing, to SEPARATING layers on the light-box, to the final riso print.  This print was inspired by a scene noticed on the way to Rabbits Road PRESS.

Day 4

I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere and feeling productive, it’s been nice to be around other people working creatively.
— Maya

Day 5

Happy faces

Happy faces

Day 6
On our last day, some of the group got together to have a crit, to talk about how the week went and how our printed media turned out. It was nice to hear how each participant had approached the week and what their intentions were. Each person had a unique approach which could be seen in the end products (or product in progress!) One nearly universal thought that was voiced, was that they wished they came with more prepared images, so they could get to printing straight away!   

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This week has been very well run, thank you. There’s been a good amount of people and I’ve enjoyed working in a friendly environment.
— Zoe

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us during the residency. Your creativity, energy and passion was infectious, and made for a productive week.  The work produced was so varied and exciting! 

 

V&A Artist Residency at Rabbits Road Press

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Deadline: 20 July 2018

In a very exciting development, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Create are seeking nominations and applications for a three-month international residency based at our project space, Rabbits Road Press.

Applications are welcome from contemporary artists and designers who are interested in drawing on the V&A’s collections to work within the vibrant community setting of the Rabbits Road Institute (currently home to Rabbits Road Press). This residency is open to applicants of any nationality based outside of the United Kingdom that meet the criteria of the residency brief (downloadable below). Nominators and applicants will be asked to submit a joint residency application. 

Deadline: 20 July 2018

Apply:
https://www.vam.ac.uk/…/new-open-call-vari-offsite-internat…

Curriculum: RRP Public Programme Launched

Curriculum is LIVE! Check out the Rabbits Road Press Public Programme now, and book a place on one of the talks or workshops now. https://www.rabbitsroadpress.com/new-events

Curriculum is a regular series of artist led lectures and workshops at rabbits road press, focused on visual arts, publishing and print. Sessions alternate between public talks and intimate workshops to create an overarching programme which functions to develop creative practice and critical engagement outside of formal art schools. 

Talk: How To Get An Exhibition with The White Pube
Wednesday, May 23
7:30 PM 8:30 PM
Join The White Pube as they introduce their practice of art criticism, and also talk candidly about how the art world operates behind closed doors; covering how to get an exhibition, how to navigate the art world online and offline, how to get paid for things, and finally how to protect yourself and your art when you’re in and amongst it all. Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-how-to-get-an-exhibitio…

Workshop: How to self publish a book with Publication Studio London. A demo...
Sunday, June 24
1:00 PM 2:30 PM
This workshop will act as an introduction to getting started in self-publishing from production to distribution, including practical tips on printing and binding processes and facilities, useful resources, fundraising and ways to connect with audiences. 
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-how-to-self-publish…

Talk: Will there be Hipsters in Heaven? #NeoDiaspora with Abbas Zahedi
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7:30 PM 8:30 PM
‘The roadmap towards a framework of neo-diaspora is an effort to process and de-historicise experiences of digestion, death and displacement.’ Join Abbas for a lecture performance about his practice, followed with time for questions and discussion. 
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-will-there-be-hipsters-…

Talk: Un-edited Voices with Plantain Papers
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
7:30 PM 8:30 PM
Plantain Papers is an independent bi-annual journal and ode to plantain fryers, eaters and appreciators all over the world. Edited by Lemara Lindsay-Prince, Tamika Abaka-Wood and Tahirah Edwards-Byfield
Join Lemara sharing the skill of insight and active listneing in the process of editing.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-un-edited-voices-with-p…

Workshop: Daily rituals, gentle reminders and longing for belonging with Saffa Khan
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Saffa Khan is an illustrator and print maker exploring the themes of home, identity, race, culture and mental health. Join her for a mini journal making session on the theme of self-care.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-daily-rituals-gentl…

Summer Riso Residency
Mon, Aug 6, 2018 2:00 PM Fri, Aug 10, 2018 7:00 PM
Due to popular demand, Rabbits Road Press will be open for one week during the summer holidays. We’ll be running a special Summer Riso Residency week aimed at people who would like to complete a self-directed project at the press or to use the facilities to experiment and dedicate time to developing their practice. 
Cost: £50, book https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout….

Supported by Arts Council England and Create

RRP x Design Museum

Last weekend we ran a newspaper making workshop responding to Hope to Nope Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18, an exhibition at the Design Museum. We discussed how news and information are communicated to us through different media, the context in which we receive messages and the techniques that have been employed. After a probing discussion about the factors that affect whether we believe the information we are receiving is reliable and trustworthy, we set ourselves the task or creating a newspaper of the future by taking control of information and subverting existing articles and images and turing them into new stories. We spent the second day at Rabbits Road Press, everyone was given a Risograph printing induction and then we set about printing, folding and assembling The Newestpaper. Throughout the day we made 60 copies in total (!), most of which were distributed amongst the group. A copy will be on display in the reading room at the Design Museum within the next few days but we also kept a bunch to distribute at Rabbits Road Press, you can grab a free copy during Open Access on the May 12th Open Day, while stocks last!  

 

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RRP Work at Risotto Room Show

23 March -13th May at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

We visited Glasgow last weekend for Glasgow Zine Fair so naturally we had to visit Risotto Studio’s fabulous Riso Room. The very delicious show featured risograph printed work from across the globe showing off the versatility of the medium and a broad breadth of approaches used by different artists and designers. We were very excited to spot some work that had been made at Rabbits Road Press (Destroy your Dissertation by CSM students and Intifada Milk by Arwa Aburawa and Sofia Niazi) featured in the exhibition. Both books will be on sale soon in the new RRP Shop. Risotto Room is on till mid-May, well worth a visit!

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RRP SHOP!

New RRP Shop: Buy and Sell Work
Launch 12th May (online and IRL)

To coincide with the Open Day, we’re opening a shop! As part of our plan to make Rabbits Road Press a sustainable local arts space, we’ll be opening a shop packed with zines, posters and art prints, all produced at the press. The shop will launch online and IRL in the press on the Open Day, we've already started buying work and will continue to do this every week during Open Access. 

How it works: We're buying work from artists (max 5 copies) 'firm sale' at 50% of the retail price so you get paid even if the work doesn't sell and we take the risk. We have set prices for A4 and A3 prints but happy to negotiate for zines and other things. All of the profit will go back into the project and help create a more sustainable way of covering running costs of the free weekly public Open Access sessions. First up, we're hoping to raise enough money to buy a YELLOW drum, so RRP users will benefit from having a larger variety of colours to print from. If you’re interested in selling through the shop please get in contact or pop in during Open Access!

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Rabbits Road Press Open Day

On Saturday 12th May, join us for a day of risograph printing fun and art chat as we launch the Rabbits Road Press Spring/Summer 2018 Public Programme! Come along to see what happens at Rabbits Road Press, celebrate the work that has been produced and find out how you can get involved through Open Access, free artist led workshops and talks. FB event here.  RSVP here- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rabbits-road-press-open-day-tickets-45373708985

Programme

2-5pm Drop-in risograph printing workshop with Sahra Hersi and Rosalie Schweiker

6pm Show and Tell: Projects produced at Rabbits Road Press.

7pm Curriculum: Presentation of RRP public programme.

Pick up the RRP Spring/Summer programme, look at an exhibition of selected work produced at RRP and check out the new RRP shop which will be open for business!

Refreshments provided

Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Rd, London E12 5JY

Supported by Arts Council England, Create London and Newham Council.  

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Spotlight: Rosalie Schweiker

Rabbits Road Press regular, Rosalie Schweiker, is a conceptual artist who uses social exchanges such as conversations, economic transactions and jokes to find new functions for art in society. Her playful humour makes knowable the unwritten rules by which social systems operate. Since Rosalie's focus is on the communicative effects of art, most of her work leaves hardly any material trace.  Rosalie's work is mostly self-funded and realised in collaborations which are often based on long-term friendships that defy common notions of individualistic authorship. As a result, each year she has hand-made a publication documenting the projects she has worked on.

What is “work” and where did the idea for the publication series begin?

Every year I make a publication documenting and archiving the work I’ve done - a “what did I do this year” book. I started the process at university when I was studying art. I found the course really difficult because I was very interested in people and processes and not so much in output, and so produced a publication to document the invisibilised parts of the experience every academic year. It would include all the work that goes around the ‘work’; emails proposals, the ideas I shelved - the things that are not often visible. After university I just continued with it because life got messy and difficult and it was a good way of acknowledging what I had or hadn’t achieved. I now have 10 different publications, so that’s 10 years of self-archiving.

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How do your produce the publication?

I wait until around December to get started and try and get it out by January, but it has taken anywhere up to 3 months to complete because I’m working on it in the evenings or the odd times I get by myself. I don’t really know how to use Photoshop (its my New Years resolution to learn how to use it) so my process involves printing out lots of images, sitting down with scissors and glue and blending things together with handwritten pieces. At the end I find someone with a photocopier and make as many copies as I like.

The differences in the copies year to year are also reflective of the different resources I’ve had access to. The first one was black and white photocopied but this year’s “work” has elements of Risograph printed material scattered throughout as I was producing work at Rabbits Road Press. 

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What challenges do you face along the way?

The most difficult thing is deciding what goes in and what stays out. I do a lot of work in collaboration so I have to check in with people about including things. It’s also excruciating to look through all your work, and it becomes a bit of an evaluation process. The year after I left college I made one that was only one copy, because it felt too personal and like my life was falling apart. This year, 2018, I feel like my work has made such a huge jump and I want more people to see it. So I'm going to put some money into producing the workbook and make lots of copies and maybe even pay a designer to help me do it. 

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Why is it important to you to document “work”?

I had this weird tutor at college who said if you’re a woman you should keep a good archive because they’ll only discover you when you’re dead. So part of the process is taking care of yourself as an artist and how I reproduce what I do, instead of delegating this to a gallery, an archivist or so on.I also give copies to people who have been a part of my work that year and it’s interesting to see how their responses reinvigorate things. 

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Rabbits Road Press: Funding Success

We're delighted to announce that Rabbits Road Press has secured funding to run a very exciting programme of events over the next 12 months! Open Access will continue every Wednesday during term-time and a full programme of artist led workshops, talks and commissions will be announced at a Rabbits Road Press Open Day on Saturday 12th May. 

We'd like to thank Create London, Arts Council England and Newham Council for their continued support. We're working hard this year to develop Rabbits Road Press into a sustainable local arts space and are busy making a shop so that we can finally start selling some of the amazing work made at RRP. We are also working to increase printing/finishing options for our members and will announce any new additions at the RRP Open Day on May 12th. We look forward to collaborating with many more artists, groups and institutions in the coming year and hope to see you at Rabbits Road Press soon!

Follow @rabbitsroadpress on instagram for a regular dose of risograph magic.  

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Spotlight: Rose Nordin

Co-founder and resident OOMK designer, Rose Nordin, mades use of the medium blue and fluorescent orange ink available at RRP to produce these A3 double-sided folded pamphlets for the Stuart Hall Library.

The Stuart Hall Library holds over 4,000 group exhibition catalogues, 3,500 works on individual artists, and 2,500 contextual, historical or theoretical works as well as over 200 zines and periodicals related to the work of British artists of African, Asian and Latin American descent.

Rabbits Road Press is open for free weekly Open Access sessions from  2-7pm on the following Wednesdays:

February 2018:  7th, 14th, 21st

More dates tbc 

 

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Spotlight: Etta Voorsanger-Brill

Having attended Open Access and been inducted a few weeks earlier, we welcomed Etta Voorsanger Brill back last week to print her BA Dissertation. Below are some fantastic examples of the way in which she incorporated Riso techniques to reflect her investigation into ephemera.

My project 'Travels in Ephemera', deals with trying to create a reliable narrative for women though out history. This was the final outcome of my BA Dissertation. I explore how ephemera (the word for items not designed for permanence, eg. receipts, train tickets & labels) can be a useful vehicle for evidencing women's history. I display my essay in the same way ephemera is displayed in archives - brown boxes and folders.

To analyse my text I use feminist theorists, like Helene Cixous or Virginia Woolf. I made a piece of ephemera relating to each of the women I discuss in my essay which are displayed alongside my book itself. In my dissertation I discuss Rabbit's Road Press in reference to creating your own ephemera through print making. I thought it was apt that I also printed at RRP. So, everything in my essay has been printed on the Risograph. As a woman making work about women, it was important to make my final outcome in a woman-friendly space- RRP helped me do that and helped shape my work.

Rabbits Road Press is open for free weekly Open Access sessions from  2-7pm on the following Wednesdays:

February 2018:  7th, 14th, 21st

More dates tbc                                                                                                                                                             

Open Access returns Jan 2018

Rabbits Road Press will reopen for free weekly Open Access sessions from January 2018 between 2-7pm on the following Wednesdays:

January: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

February:  7th, 14th, 21st

More dates tbc                                                                                                                                                             

In order to use the equipment and make the most of the open-hours OOMK technicians offer individuals free 1:1 inductions any time during the drop-in hours. The induction session will introduce users to the workspace and equipment. During the induction, participants will have the opportunity to make and print a collage in two colours using the risograph machine and will be given 5 free copies to take home. 

After completing an induction session, users will be able to use drop-ins for independent practice or projects any time during Open Access. A range of printing materials and paper will also be available at a low cost (with further reductions for Newham residents). OOMK technicians will be on hand to support throughout the day. You can help to support the project by using the Risograph printing facilities to print your work. There is also a donations box at Rabbits Road Press, all of the money goes back into the project and helps towards making Rabbits Road Press a sustainable local arts space.  

If you would like to bring a group of more than 3 people to Rabbits Road Press please contact us in advance to book a private session, Open Access inductions are not suitable for groups because of limited staff numbers. If you have any questions please contact us at rabbitsroadpress@gmail.com.

Spotlight: Sahra Hersi

Sara Hersi, one of the RRP Neighbourhood commission winners, visited us this week to reprint her publication, 'Queens Market: Portraits of a Community’. 

Sahra Hersi is an aspiring architect, designer and practitioner who has recently completed an MA architecture degree at the Royal College of Art. She seeks to establish a working philosophy driven by the desire to reinterpret architectural methodology as artistic narrative.

Featuring original interviews, photography and architectural illustrations ‘Portraits of a Community’ documents a local market community under threat from developers.