At the instigation of its Visual Communication Department, HEAD–Genève, Geneva School of Art and Design is launching P.A.G.E.S, an international fair dedicated to prints, art publications and reproductions.
Over 100 publishers, artists and designers will gather together from 6 to 8 December 2019 in Le Cube, a 1200-m2 exhibition space in the campus of HEAD – Genève in the heart of the city.
P.A.G.E.S. is a platform where art and design publications, advance copies, fanzines, posters, reproductions, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, limited editions and other printed objects will be made available to the public. Alongside this, the event will feature conferences, workshops, performances and signings over the three days. In the Cube’s neighbouring Design Room, MAMCO (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts, Geneva) will showcase a selection of books and reproductions published by Claude Givaudan. The fair will also host HEAD’s designers’ market, where creations, accessories, items of furniture, objects, clothes and unique items will be on display.
P.A.G.E.S. will provide an area for dialogue and creation as well as an opportunity to meet.
HEAD – Genève
7 avenue de Châtelaine,
1203 Geneva, Switzerland
Friday 6 December 2019
Saturday 7 December 2019
Sunday 8 December 2019
In 1966, Claude Givaudan (1938–1988) opened Galerie Givaudan in Paris. In 1978, he opened a second gallery in his native city of Geneva. Givaudan was born into a family of renowned chemists, specializing in flavors and perfumes, but his personal passion was for the arts and culture, especially literature and contemporary art.
The Geneva gallery organized numerous exhibitions, including shows by Piotr Kowalski, Takis, Louis Cane, Sturtevant, “Ready-mades and editions by and about Marcel Duchamp,” Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, etc. But it was as a publisher that Claude Givaudan proved most influential. Inventive, curious, groundbreaking, he published limited editions, books, prints, sculptures, records, and films over a twenty-year period beginning in 1965, in collaboration with poets, writers artists, and film makers.
Givaudan developed a corpus of unbridled originality, both in terms of the materials used—such as Rhodoid, acetate, and metal—and the forms of the resulting book works: cardboard boxes, paper sculptures, wooden boards, ping-pong balls. Asked why he continued to refer to these objects as “books,” he replied that each contained text that was designed to be read. They were books that “sought neither simplicity nor ease of comprehension.”
Thanks to a generous gift, MAMCO holds a nearcomplete set of these publications, including numerous first editions: a fitting tribute to an extraordinary publisher, who never tired of baiting his readers, as with this warning, in Catalogue-Sculpteurs (1966): “Catalogue for the stressed, the hyper-active, the over-stretched, lazy, and impatient, who prefer to leaf through its pages beside a warm fire, with a decent pipe and a tumbler of whisky to hand.”
The Spector collaborative project can be an office, a magazine, a publishing house, a network or even a temporary location in Leipzig. Publications on contemporary fine arts are at the heart of the project. Markus Dressen is co-editor.
B42 is a publishing house created in 2008 by the French graphic designer Alexandre Dimos. The house is dedicated to the publication of books on graphic design, typography, design, contemporary art and popular cultures.
Back Office is a research journal questioning the relationships between graphic design and digital practices, co-founded by Élise Gay and Kévin Donnot and Anthony Masure, published in co-publication with B42.
In her Berlin studio, Ariane Spanier designs books, catalogues, posters, identities, animations, illustrations and digital design. Since 2006, Ariane has been the creative director and co-editor of Fukt, an annual magazine for contemporary drawing.
LAGON, a prospective comic strip review, is interested in new forms of graphic narrative. Bilingual (fr/en), she changes her name with each edition. The editorial team: Alexis Beauclair, Séverine Bascouert, Sammy Stein, Jean-Philippe Bretin.
Offshore Studio, based in Zurich and directed by Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler, focuses on typography and editorial design and research-oriented visual narratives. They are co-founders and artistic directors of Migrant Journal.
Roma Publications Art Publisher in Amsterdam, founded by Roger Willems, Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam, serves as a platform to produce and distribute autonomous publications produced in close collaboration with artists, writers and designers.
Presentation of Alfredo Coloma's artist's book, "Le Gamin" (2019) with Olivier Bertrand, graphic designer and publisher, Surfaces Utiles, Brussels.
Discussion moderated by Pierre Leguillon.
Video collage performance
Macaco will make a performance to present their book on a large cover and invite people to listen to their readings or read books.
Fabienne Radi will read excerpts from her book "Peindre des colonnes vertébrales" and Jérémie Gindre will offer an illustrated reading of his text "Le Cheval-qui-nage ", taken from the book "Image Canoë".
Editor: Sombres Torrents
Pierre Leguillon will sign his book "Ads."
Editor: Triangle Books
Daphné Bengoa and Leo Fabrizio will present their book "Fernand Pouillon et l’Algérie. Bâtir à hauteur d'hommes"
Ismael Abdallah, Gaffa World
Book presentation by students of CCC (HEAD), with Dr. Kodwo Eshun
Launch of a book created by a collaboration between Studio H13 and Antoine Eckart
Lecture of Journal #01 or #02 by Matthieu Blond.
Signature by Ripopée.
Book presentation of Fuzao Studio.
HEAD-Genève Bâtiment H,
Avenue de Châtelaine 7, 1203 Genève
Access plan: (.pdf)
Access from Cornavin station:
Bus 10, 19 an 6 direction Venier stop Guye
Bus stops close:
Guye: bus 10, 19 et 6
Les Ouches: bus 22, 19 et 6
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