Call for submissions: International Open Call & Zürich Archive

This year VOLUMES 2016, the independent publishing fair takes place on the 25th and 26th of November at Gessnerallee Zürich. Would you fancy taking part in one of the two exhibitions showcased this year at the fair?

Here is what you can choose from:
- International Open Call
This Exhibition acts as a snapshot of the current international production. It is especially designed for all the publishers who cannot come to VOLUMES 2016 in Zürich but still want to showcase their production to the very keen audience we have here.
- Zürich Archive
A collection of zines and artist books connected to Zürich! The publications can be directly or indirectly related to the city. We want to showcase different layers of experiences that share this same location. We are interested in documentary depictions of the place and snapshots of experiences with the city as a background. It can be photography, short stories, illustrations, collages…

If you are interested in contributing to the International Open Call or/and the Zürich Archive, send one copy of an original independent publication to: VOLUMES c/o Franchette & Veser, Gessnerallee Zürich, Gessnerallee 8, Ch-8001 Zürich, Switzerland before the 1st of November 2016. Important: state your name, the title, the year of completion, the printing technique and “Open Call” or “Zürich Archive” at the back of the envelope (all in capital letters please). ALL publications sent to us will be exhibited at the fair. They will then join our archive, which will be showcased in a Zürich art space as well as being available online.

Girl standing in front of wall with exhibited publications

Introducing the “Zürich Archive”

VOLUMES is starting a new collection compiling publications, artist books and zines connected to Zürich. Anyone is invited to give one publication directly or indirectly related to the city. The first stage of the archive will be exhibited this year at VOLUMES 2016.

Bookcover "Weststrasse" by Corina Flühmann
"Weststrasse", Corina Flühmann, Edition Patrick Frey, 2015

Call for submissions for VOLUMES 2016

The third edition of VOLUMES – Independent Art Publishing Fair – returns on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of November 2016 at Gessnerallee in Zürich. The fair will present a fine selection of local and international art books, zines and magazines. The fair will also feature a symposium, a range of performances, exhibitions and workshops.

After a successful second edition in November 2015 at the off-space Kunstraum Walcheturm, VOLUMES will take place at Gessnerallee, a central venue for performing arts that will open its doors to the only fair of its kind in the city. 

VOLUMES 2016 will feature a unique symposium, curated by this year’s special guest Damian Christinger, who will introduce speakers exploring different aspects of the independent publishing scene. The visitors will also get a chance to discover publishers and artists from Switzerland and Europe, who will be showcasing their production in person. A performance programme curated in collaboration with Anke Hoffmann will explore further the creative practices around self publishing. The International Open Call exhibition will act as a sort of snapshot of an even more global production while the Zürich Archive will present a selection of artist books connected to the city.

You have the option of booking a full table (approx. 0.6 x 2m) for 100 CHF or half a table (approx. 0.6 x 1m) for 50 CHF. You can also take part in the international Open Call Exhibition or the Zürich Archive by donating one publication. If you would like to do a workshop, a performance, a reading or have a book launch at the fair, please let us know.

To apply, please follow the link HERE.
(Applications are open until Sunday the 21st of August).

Gessnerallee Zürich
Map of the location of Gessnerallee

Zine apéro workshop

At Nordflügel,
Thursday, 19th November 2015, from 6.30pm onwards.

Flick through a selection of international zines then make one. Free workshop ran by Anne-Laure Franchette. Everybody is welcome!

Zine & Collage workshop #4

Thursday 15th of October 2015

Within Milenko Lazic’s creative writing workshop at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Toni-Areal, Zürich
Workshop run by Anne-Laure Franchette.

A Zine is a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Frequently reproduced via a photocopier and bound with staples, zines are very individualised and are informed by the punk and DIY (Do It Yourself) ethos. The topics covered by zines are broad. They can be dedicated to art, design, poetry, politics, subcultures, fanfiction, short stories etc. The majority of zines are produced in editions of fewer than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication.

Collage (from the french coller = to glue) consists in the creation of an ensemble by pasting cuttings of already existing pictures, illustrations or photos. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but the technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early part of 20th century as an art form of novelty. A collage may include fragments of newspaper or magazine, portions of texts, photographs or other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or a canvas. By fragmenting and recombining existing text and images, new content and meaning can be created in a playful way. The reconstruction can be done arbitrarily or intentionally.