Artists and designers from ALSO Collective, Book Bakery/Publication Studio Toronto, OCAD U Student Press, and Bushwick Happy Hour are joining forces to create a publishing camp at Figment NYC next weekend. The installation will happen on Saturday, June 8 from 9AM to 6PM on Governors Island. Once on the island, look for the project “Carl Wagan Bookmobile” at the waterfront section. Look for a large mountain tent with group of boy/girl scouts!
THE CARL WAGAN BOOKMOBILE is a traveling campervan of cosmic proportions. It is a gallery, print shop, studio, library, reading room, classroom, and community project. CARL WAGAN promotes active engagement with book-based cultural activity such as self-publishing, zine-making, screen-printing, and bookbinding. Subtitled “The Spaceship of the Imagination,” CARL is partly a loving homage to the innovation of astronomer Carl Sagan whose passion for dreaming continues to inspire generations of thinkers.
The events are structured around two guiding ideas:
1. Consider how the form of the publication is uniquely situated to engage with the public as both civic and cultural engagement.
2. Create a temporary social space for active engagement through the production of publications, emphasizing the creation of a temporary community space for the public to engage in knowledge exchange and production.
Members from ALSO Collective are preparing a series of workshops to teach individuals how to hand bind one of two types of books (perfect bound, or saddle stitched). Participants will be given prepared materials, formal direction from a binder, and takeaway instructions. The process will introduce them to the vocabulary around the form of the book, while demonstrating the ease with which a personal publication can be constructed.
Design and Printmaking Workshops
Members from the Book Bakery, ALSO Collective, and OCAD U Student Press will introduce to the fundamentals of design, materials, tools, and approaches to generating form and content. There will be two possible outcomes to choose from. The first will be the design of a single broadsheet, which will be incorporated into the traveling exhibition. Broadsheets will be designed and collected and displayed in various locations in Canada and USA. The broadsheets will eventually be amalgamated into a large publication documenting The Carl Wagan Project. The second option for participants will be to design the content for the book that they will be binding during the bookbinding workshop explained previously. This will give participants the opportunity to learn the tools and approaches for content creation and later, the packaging and dissemination of their work.
The OCAD U Student Press will curate and organize a library of zines, small publications, and other art and design objects. Participants will be able to browse the library of books and other artifacts. The library component will operate as a trading post where participants can trade artifacts for artifacts (take a book leave a book). In addition, the OCAD U Student Press will bring a limited number of previous student publications to be distributed to participants for free.
Toronto-based singer and songwriter, Graham Nicholas, will be leading a spontaneous Music Jam on Saturday, June 8 at 3:00PM. A call for musicians and music enthusiasts has been advertised on several online music channels in New York City and Brooklyn, and we are hoping to turn the installation into a summer camp-inspired music jam. Bring Your Own Instrument and be part of this celebration!
Throughout the day, the installation will offer informal discussions and presentations about self-publishing, zine-making and activism, the book as art, printing technologies, design and art theory, and history. The discussions will be short, fun, and accessible.
Bushwick Happy Hour
Our friends from the Brooklyn-based design collective “Bushwick Happy Hour” are preparing a surprise activity as part of our installation.