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Two backers of independent publishing will join forces for a weekend residency, showcasing an unprecedented range of books from across the world.
By Sophie Gallagher
The independent publishing scene will be booming in Sydney this weekend when renowned Melbourne publisher and distributor, Perimeter Books, moves into Chippendale’s new kid on the block, PRESS, for a weekend residency.
The event allows punters exclusive access to some of the world’s stand-out art-and-design publishers by curating an unprecedented range of books from across the world.
Dan Rule, director of Perimeter Books, says the residency will provide a window into the global zeitgeist of independent publishing, showcasing the rare and leading titles of the moment.
“We’re trying to create a real snapshot of what’s happening in Europe, what’s happening in the US, and I guess fragments of what is happening here, but condensing it into a nice little survey that Sydney wouldn’t really get to see in one place otherwise.”
The weekend residency will include publications from a range of leading publishers such as the eccentric Spector Books in Leipzig, signed and rare-find editions from MACK Books in London and the experimental and lo-fi works of Kodoji Press from Baden and Nieves Books in Zurich.
The publishers on sale blur the lines between art and traditional books. Authors and artists are now showcasing their bodies of work in their publications, rather than simply creating books about art. This renaissance and new era of the art book has developed over the past few years and has democratised collectible work.
Perimeter Books represents 40 global distributors and from its inception has aimed to build a communal, accessible space for independent publishing. For Rule, working with a like-minded group such as PRESS – which offers Sydney access to publishers they may not usually encounter or otherwise have – is perfect. “To work with these guys, who have the perfect attitude and this fantastic enthusiasm for it is really exciting,” Rule says.
With a free barbeque and drinks from lunchtime to celebrate on Saturday, combined with an unparalleled range of titles, this hub of independent books, zines and art out of PRESS’ niche gallery garage is a must see.
PRESS x Perimeter Books will run from Saturday December 6 until Sunday December 7 from 10.30am until 6pm.