Independent Publishing Fair
It’s a book, it’s a screen, it’s a space in between
Virtual Independent Publishing Fair
Contributions of Alexandru Balgiu & Olivier Lebrun, Sophia Prinz, Yehwan Song, Hagen VerlegerPartner:
Kindly supported by Support Büro HGB Leipzig and DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH
“It’s a book, …”, the annual gathering of producers in the field of independent publishing, will take place for the twelfth time in 2021. For the eighth year in a row, it will be developed as part of a project seminar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. A group of students is preparing the fair, which for the first time will be a digital event—on a specially developed and designed website with a digital marketplace, an international student competition and with a streamed symposium (with pre-produced and live broadcasted contributions) and much more. The website is being developed in close cooperation with the Berlin office Unfun. On the one hand, we will present the platform for publishers and bookstores, and on the other hand, we will present the symposium with live lectures broadcasted from our studio in Leipzig and transmitted to other parts of the world. We are looking forward to contributions of Alexandru Balgiu & Olivier Lebrun, Lina Ehrentraut, Sophia Prinz, Yehwan Song and Hagen Verleger.
For our thematic focus, we are looking at the philosopher Paul B. Preciado. His thoughts are the starting point for us to think about new forms of the public sphere. It is about understanding the change of the world not only through the restrictions we feel after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but to consider this moment embedded in conflicts and struggles that were already there before. “It’s a book, it’s a screen, it’s a space in between”: The space in between means the conjuncture of the hybrid that is currently driving the world. We are increasingly experiencing the fluidity of the boundaries between book and screen, between disciplinary and control society, as well as the dissolution of traditional gender roles and established power relations.
12:00–20:00 o' clock