From photo-copied and print-on-demand newsletters such as Another Pamphlet, Scapegoat and Preston is My Paris, to magazines such as Mark, Spam and PIN-UP – ARCHIZINES is a new exhibition curated by Elias Redstone for the Architectural Association School of Architecture that celebrates and promotes the recent resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing from around the world. The exhibition runs until 14 December 2011 at the AA School, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES. More information on the exhibition after the break.
ARCHIZINES showcases 60 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from over 20 countries across the globe. From Australia and Argentina to the UK and USA, these independent publications are reframing how people relate to their built environment – taking comment and criticism out of just an architectural arena and into everyday life. The titles also provide platforms for architectural research and debate, and demonstrate the residual love of the printed word and paper page. Each magazine is presented with video interviews with their creators enabling visitors to understand their approach to publishing architecture.
ARCHIZINES began life as a personal collection of curator and writer Elias Redstone built from his international travels. He launched it as an online project, with art direction by Barcelona-based Folch Studio. This website connected the titles, their readers and creators and enabled the collection to grow. The exhibition has been curated by Elias to capture this moment of publishing activity, allow people to view the publications – some of which currently have little international distribution – and encourage new editorial talent to emerge.
To coincide with the exhibition the full ARCHIZINES collection will be transferred to the National Art Library at the V&A. By providing a permanent home for the publications collected as part of the ARCHIZINES research project, this period of publishing activity will be available as a public resource for generations to come.