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OOMK (One Of My Kind)
the book that heals a house - book-making workshop

Fri 1 September 2017

Expanded book-binding and book-making workshop (Ticketed; 11am-3pm)
OOMK are interested in repurposing texts and the possibilities of collaborative narrative weaving within the context of the library as a resource. This workshop is an expanded book making and book binding class, in which a small library of curated second-hand books can be taken apart by a group and re-structured through a variety of techniques to form a new syncretic narrative in response to the exhibition title " The House that Heals the Soul". The final publication would result in a sutured vocabulary between the different literatures.

The publication will be printed on-site by OOMK via a print-production line. During the printing, discussion will take place with the group about creative choices and the texts they chose to engage with. Some predesigned elements and prompts, clues and aphorisms would be combined with the work produced in the workshop, but the final output would be a perfect bound publication which can be duplicated for each participant to take away.

For an example of this process and the kind of book we might make, see this link visual-editions.com/tree-of-codes-by-jonathan-safran-foer or the video below.

Anyone may come along and learn to make the books and engage with OOMK about their working process. The workshop will run from 11am-3pm with lunch provided.

Join art-collective OOMK in assembling and printing an on-site publication. Using a variety of techniques the workshop will deconstruct a small library of printed material and second-hand books to form a sutured vocabulary between the different literatures in response to the exhibition title “The House that Heals the Soul” and within the context of the library as a re(source). A facsimile of the final output, a perfect bound book, will given to each participant to take away. All materials will be provided.

Please note that this workshop will involve cutting with scalpels so will require good motor skills, and will also include engagement with different texts and literatures so will require a level of literacy in English.

Talk: Malaysia zine display (Unticketed; 3pm-4pm)
During the summer of 2016, One of My Kind (OOMK) undertook a four-week research trip to Malaysia to explore artists’ publishing practices, engaging with a spectrum of contemporary artists and independent publishers in Malaysia, particularly in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Penang. The interviews gathered are presented in “A Study of Publishing Practices in Malaysia: KL, Penang & Ipoh”.

Alongside interviews, the corresponding self-published works were collected and will be displayed for the duration of the exhibition. The zines range vastly in topic, style, language and production from political essays, illustration, music to perzines, that together speak to an exciting culture of self-publishing.

Together the range of perspectives and collected materials reveal great insights as to what motivates people to self-publish, the community surrounding the practice and some of the key challenges facing artists and writers ranging from the politics of language to the difficulty in sourcing eco-friendly inks.

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer: Making Of from Visual Editions on Vimeo.