SixtyEight has invited Space Poetry to a reading-room environment that turns our exhibition floor into a ‘pop-up’ bookstore for the publisher. Here a wide range of titles, including artist books, special editions and magazines published by Space Poetry, will be available for sale. Including the latest number of Pist Protta, which will be launched on this evening. This bookstore intervention seeks to frame an intersection between art publishing and exhibition-making practices in the local economies of art available in the city. To this end, the intervention – rather than the gentrifying process implied in the name ‘pop-up’ – looks to the complex positions and roles that local artistic production has in contemporary art from a regional to an international level.
This exhibition project is part of SixtyEight’s current two-year program, called Modes and Notes on the Local, where we are looking to support and explore the dynamic and complexity of the Copenhagen-based art scene. Especially via its interconnections, heavy traffic and/or exchange with the international art world. Space Poetry, with its innovative and irreverent twists on traditional formats, challenges the pervasive insistence that print matter is out the door – with each new publication, and like an Umberto Eco novel, saving the artist book (in this increasingly technocratic moment) from a burning tower of books. In this sense, Space Poetry (and its presence in the city) as a research-based institution and cultural treasure, gives producers new surfaces to act on and new avenues for readers/viewers to understand the book as a work of art and beyond.
Kilde: SixtyEight Art Institute