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Symposium on the Art of Independent Publishing

The first International Symposium on the Art of Independent Publishing will investigate the contribution that independent publishing can make to the future of the cultural sector.

The symposium is convened by Brad Haylock and is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation and RMIT School of Media & Communication, as a part of the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The symposium will consider both the significance of publishing for artistic practice and the significance of publishing as practice. The symposium will cover such themes as: the importance of independent publishing as a platform for art criticism and discourse; the role of graphic design in the dissemination of independent publishing projects; and the impact of contemporary hybrid practices that cross the traditional boundaries of art, design and publishing.

Speakers include: Stuart Bailey, a UK-based designer who is one half of the duo Dexter Sinister and co-editor of the bi-annual publication Bulletins of The Serving Library; Helen Hughes, Melbourne-based co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal Discipline; Ziga Testen, a Melbourne-based designer who has worked on numerous books for artists, arts institutions and independent publishers; and Eleanor Vonne Brown. Individual speakers’ papers will be followed by a panel discussion that will draw the audience into the conversation.

Stuart Bailey (b. 1973, York, UK; lives and works in Liverpool, UK) is a graphic designer and publisher, co-founder and editor of Dot Dot Dot (2000–2010), and one half of the artist duo Dexter Sinister, along with designer David Reinfurt. In 2006, Dexter Sinister established a workshop and bookstore of the same name in New York, and have since explored aspects of contemporary publishing in diverse contexts. In 2010, Bailey co-founded The Serving Library, a not-for-profit artists’ organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop, and is co-editor of The Serving Library’s bi-annual publication, Bulletins of The Serving Library.

Brad Haylock (b. 1980, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) is a designer, publisher and academic. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, where he manages the Master of Communication Design program and leads the Design Futures Lab research group. He is founding editor of Surpllus, an independent publisher of printed matter (mostly books) pertaining to critical and speculative practices across art, design and theory.

Helen Hughes (b. 1986, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) is co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal Discipline. She is also an editor of the online, peer-reviewed journal of art history, emaj. Helen recently submitted her PhD in Art History at the University of Melbourne. She is currently Curator at Gertrude Contemporary, where she has been running the Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline Contemporary Art Lecture Series for the last three years.

Ziga Testen (b. 1981, Ljubljana, Slovenia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) is an independent graphic designer. He works with artists, institutions, organisations and publishers on projects he can ideologically, politically or conceptually align with. He received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana and continued his studies at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. While living and working in the Netherlands, his publication work was awarded ‘The Best Dutch Book Designs’ award.

Eleanor vonne Brown studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and Publishing Production at London College of Communication and has lived and worked in London ever since, developing solo and collaborative projects that have most recently gathered under the umbrella of X Marks the Bökship. Beyond this live-work space on Cambridge Heath Road (London), Brown’s generous and imaginative projects include: “X-Operative” at Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), 2013; “X-Archive” at Badischer-Kunstverein (Karlsruhe), 2012; “Translation and Verbal Mutation” with Whitechapel Gallery & FormContent (both London), 2011; the Publishing as Practice seminar series at Bökship, 2010; “Communication Breakdown” at Nassauischer Kunstverein (Weisbaden), 2010; and “The Newpaper”, self-published from 2007-08.

Saturday May 2, 2pm–4pm
NGV International
Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

Public Lecture: Professor Andrew Morrison ‘Re-viewing Design Research: Circumpolar North’


Public Lecture by Professor Andrew Morrison
‘Re-viewing Design Research: Circumpolar North’
Friday 27 March, 2015
5.30 for 5.45pm start
Blg 80, level 2, room 007
445 Swanston St,

Circumpolar North provides a unique laboratory for studying future landscapes of production, infrastructure, excavation, and environmental change.

Northern territories are under pressure due to planned exploration and extraction of oil, gas and minerals, bringing about rapid development of cities, settlements and landscapes. The project maps these ‘future’ landscapes from an interdisciplinary perspective and studies the relationship between people and their environments as well as the importance of social and individual agency in the development of the landscapes.

The project is founded in a conception of landscape as a shared material human experience, one that supplements the traditional conception of landscape as primarily an aesthetic category. The project both looks at landscape as the result of political, cultural and social development –but also explores landscape and as an agency in the production of these.

The project will raises awareness and knowledge of new landscape typologies, include the everyday in the category of landscape, and explore tools to articulate and narrate such perspectives.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape and the Institute of Design, with the Barents Institute as an external partner.


Andrew Morrison is Director of the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway and Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design (IDE). As co-ordinator of research, Andrew takes part in and leads a range of design research projects. These cover Communication Design, dynamic interfaces and social media; RFID, mediation and activity; Service Design and innovation in leadership; electronic arts installation; narrative and mobile media; practice-based research/research by design; online research mediation and design research methods. Andrew also focuses on design writing, fiction and criticism.

He has been central to the ongoing redesign and teaching of the PhD school at AHO. He has supervised a dozen PhD students at AHO and others at the University of Oslo in design, media and education. Andrew is a member of the Research Committee and the Board of AHO. He was paper co-chair for Nordes 09, Engaging Artifacts, 3rd Nordic Design Research Conference ( and been a board member of the Design research Society. He has published widely in journals, books and online and has a special research interest in online research mediation. He has edited and co-edited several collections of papers and chapters related to design and new media.

Formerly Andrew was an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo at the interdisciplinary research centre InterMedia where he led the Communication Design Group

Between Land and Cloud: DFL July Colloquium – Dr Marius Foley & Blair Wilde

Please join us for our next colloquium this coming Monday afternoon, as Dr Marius Foley and Blair Wilde discuss learning between land and cloud

Monday July 14 @ 3:45pm
RMIT Design Hub: Level 8 meeting room area

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One of the significant shifts recently [over the last few years] is the way we have realised moving between the off and on line spaces, relatively seamlessly. What was once considered virtual and therefore some sort of adjunct to reality, has shifted to being sensual and real. It’s a different experience of the sensual, but progressively they are meshing [think of the physical, wearable computing, the audio interfaces yet to evolve, and the acceptance of the visual Skyping etc]. Continue reading