Katie KerrAs needed, as possible
Submission # 200
Publication – Pukapuka
Wildcard – Unique Projects
Identity – People & Culture
Wellington, Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara
Published by Enjoy in collaboration with GLORIA Books, As needed, as possible is a digital and print publication that emerges from thinking, talking and making around art, labour and life in contemporary Aotearoa. Initially prompted by a series of questions we asked ourselves around the role Enjoy—and the contemporary art space more generally—plays within a broader arts ecology and society, this publication looks outward, building upon conversations with friends and colleagues around how to make a life, and a living, in and around art.
The digital publication was released between April and November 2020 and the print publication is in production to be released mid-2021.
As needed, as possible considers the social, economic and political frameworks practitioners and organisations occupy in contemporary Aotearoa. It aims to make a modest contribution to a wider field of discussion thinking through the kind of spaces and culture we wish to be working in, and how we might arrive there.
Initiated firstly as a print publication, the April lockdown disrupted this plan and made us rethink how we engaged with and published the content. Consequently, As needed, as possible unfolded as PDF downloads of individual contributions are released periodically.
As we released the PDFs, the entire field of play was undergoing a series of radical changes, the long-term effects of which could not be comprehended from this juncture. The contributions remind us that the exigencies faced by contemporary practitioners—questions of how to fit art around raising a family, how to play with risks and possibilities, how to grapple with history and the present—have not disappeared in the face of crisis, and continued dialogue is more important than ever. It was our hope that the publication would help maintain our grip on art and its possibilities in unpredictable circumstances, and offers opportunities for conversation, thought, pleasure and solidarity.
The pivot from print to digital publishing offered a unique opportunity to consider how these two platforms intertwines, and what role the PDF plays in this process.
When designing a book, PDFs will be exchanged between editor, designer, proofreader, printer as the publication evolves from concept to print. This collection of files can be an interesting insight into the designer’s process, an archive of thinking that is rarely seen. In this project, we see the PDF as a space for experimentation. Releasing the contributions periodically as PDFs generates the opportunity for catalogued design research. As we work towards publishing the book later in the year, each file acts as a possible point of departure for the impending publication.
A PDF can be a “working file,” but it’s also something to be saved. As we discussed this project, we noted our own folders of PDFs filed away for future reference, able to be accessed offline or ripe for printing—anytime, anywhere, on the home printer, in multiples, shared amongst colleagues, students, friends, and then thrown away until it is remade to be referenced again. As an antithesis to the current acme of online content, we suggest that this is how the reader could use these PDFs. We suggested that they enjoy them offline — fire up the home printer, use the last of the black ink, spill a cup of tea on the paper.
It's interesting to see how the project questions the relationship between print and digital in an economic crisis context.
Credits & Collaborators: Editor - Sophie Davis Editor - Simon Gennard Designer - Katie Kerr
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