21 May 2023

Distribution Forum: Independent Arts Publishing in Victoria (Artist Books)

Federation Court, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd

What power dynamics are at play in the distribution of information? How democratic is ‘collective’ knowledge? And how are individuals and collectives disrupting the flow of information?

Join Dossier Industries, M.33, Negative Press and Melbourne Art Library as we discuss the role of publishing artist books and artist-lead publishing.

The Distribution forum series prods, unravels, makes-visible, and excites non-mainstream ways of information sharing. Engaging publishers, editors, and alternative institutions, the series explores active projects in Naarm/Melbourne that question the traditional flow of information.

This event is part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair (MABF) presented by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).  

Supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

Image: Photograph by Casey Horsfield.

Trent Walter, Negative Press
Trent Walter is a Naarm/Melbourne-based artist, printer and publisher interested in extending the discourse between contemporary art and printed matter. He is the founder and director of Negative Press, a publisher of local art prints and artists’ books, which was established in 2009.

Helen Frajman, M.33
M.33 specialises in publishing photo-based media and works collaboratively with artists and designers to produce books with a focus on excellent design in the service of thoughtful and thought-provoking content – the chief aim being to produce the books artists want, without the limitations imposed by commercial considerations.

Annette K. Dennis, Dossier Industries
Dossier Industries is an experimental publishing imprint and collaborative design practice. Based in Melbourne, they produce tactile and engaging printed literature on a wide variety of subjects through both commissioned and self initiated work.

12pm-5pm, Thursday-Sunday

Melbourne Art Library, Naarm
Testing Grounds Emporium,
438 Queen St,
Naarm / Melbourne VIC 3000
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we operate, and respect their enduring connection to country. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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