Nero at First Issue Self-Publishing Book Fair for Design and Art

October 14-14, 2011
basis e.V., Gutleutstraße 8–12, Frankfurt am Main

This weekend Nero will be part of First Issue – Self-Publishing Book Fair for Design and Art, a new event focused on art publishing that will open in Frankfurt in conjunction with the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Now, after App Store and E-Book, we are returning to print. Parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, young designers, artists and authors will display printed publications and artfully crafted collectibles which are created, published and sold by themselves. Pioneers of the self-publishing scene from all over Europe will speak at the conference.

Dead or alive? Few other branches predict their own demise as often as the book industry. Yet despite the pessimistic “book-is-dead” lament of many experts, countless new books are again being published this year. Now, parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, First Issue is being launched that shows that young designers and artists are again intensely involved in printing and paper.

Self-publishing in design and art is the topic of the event known as “First Issue”. As the name implies, this event sees itself as the ?rst of a series, to be followed by a Second and Third Issue and many more. A new start. “Print is not dead at all, but is rather reinventing itself anew”, declares the graphic designer Sandra Doeller from Design-Verein Frankfurt, herself a young publisher playing a key role in the realization of this event.

In other words, the creative originators are taking the publishing of their work into their own hands. Illustrators, graphic designers, authors and artists are ?nancing, publishing and distributing their own books, fanzines, catalogues, magazines and collectibles themselves. These can be marketed, for example, through the artist’s own homepages, websites, blogs and the social media. In doing so, these new publishers are less interested in turning a possible pro?t and far more in the view of design and print as an independent form of artistic expression.

At “First Issue”, young publishers from both Germany and abroad will introduce their publications, or will speak and work during the conference and the accompanying events on the topic of “Print Culture – Dead or Alive?!”.

The speakers at this new event include not only the deputy head of the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art, Peter Gorschlüter, but the German publishers Kai von Rabenau from mono.kultur and Jan Wenzel of Spector Books, but also the internationally renowned Swiss designer and publisher Urs Lehni (Rollo Press) and the famous design team of Åbäke from London who, in addition to magazines, also market fashion and music. With respect to form and content, the program includes the blogger Charlotte Cheetham of “Manystuff” and the two designers Marco Balesteros and So?a Gonçalves from Lisbon, with their talk on Samizdat, the once illegal publication from the Soviet Union. Swiss Designer Roland Früh will present together with students from the famous masters programme Werkplaats Typogra?e in Arnhem their new project “Facsimile Library”. Also part of the program are different activities like exhibitions, live events and music.