ARCHIZINES celebrates and promotes the recent resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing from around the world. From photo-copied and print-on-demand newsletters such as Another Pamphlet, Scapegoat and Preston is My Paris, to beautiful magazines such as Mark, Spam and PIN-UP. The exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone, originated as an online project and showcases 60 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from over 20 countries. From Australia and Argentina to the UK and USA, these independent publications are reframing how people relate to their built environment – taking comment and criticism out of just an architectural arena and into everyday life. The titles also provide platforms for architectural research and debate, and demonstrate the residual love of the printed word and paper page – providing an antidote to digital publishing. Made by architects, artists and students, they add an important, and often radical, addition to architectural discourse. Each magazine is available to read in the exhibition along with video interviews with their creators talking about the relationship between architecture and publishing. To coincide with the exhibition the full ARCHIZINES collection is being transferred to the National Art Library at the V&A
An accompanying catalogue profiles all 60 archizines with essays from a number of their editors exploring the relationship between architecture and publishing. With contributions from Pedro Gadanho (Beyond), Iker Gil (MAS Context), Adam Murray (Preston is my Paris), Rob Wilson (Block), Mimi Zeiger (Maximum Maxim MMX/loudpaper) and more. Themes addressed in a series of new essays include the role of publishing in academia and architectural practice, and the representation of architecture in fictional writing, photography, magazines and fanzine culture. Published by Bedford Press, £12.
ARCHIZINES LIVE: Saturday 5 November, 3pm. AA Soft Room. A selection of editors of publications on view in the exhibition discuss their work in an event hosted by curator Elias Redstone.
ARCHIZINES: Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES. Front Members’ Room. 5 November – 14 December 2011. Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm. Saturday 10am – 3pm. Information 020 7887 4145