Blind Date Ljubljana 2016: the 4th International Festival of Artist’s Books and Art Publications opened last night at Kino Šiška, a two-day exhibit and mini-fair dedicated to limited edition artist books and zines.
As someone who created and collected zines in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it’s always a delight to see that the art and passion still flourishes. While checking out some of the offerings I was inspired enough to immediately pencil in a week in June to once again create one of my own. I’ll keep you posted.
The convention, which runs through tonight at 10pm, is just one portion of festival that runs through June 9. From the organizers:
Blind Date Convention is the central Slovenian event dedicated to the medium of artist book, artistic periodicals, zines, and artistic editions. The festival will present several dozen local and international producers, artists, self-publishers and independent publishers at three locations in Ljubljana: P74 Center and Gallery, KAPSULA and CUK Kino Šiška. The festival includes an exhibition programme, educational workshops, presentations of newly released artist books and periodicals, promotional events, public talks and guided tours of the fair.
Blind Date 2016 Participants:
- Beli Sladoled/White Ice Cream (SLO)
- LBAL (Look Back And Laugh) (SLO) <– WINNER, URL Discovery of the Week!
- Tadej Vaukman / 585 ZINES (SLO)
- Mina Fina (SLO)
- Tanja Lažetić (SLO)
- Petra Varl (SLO)
- Simon Kocjančič (SLO)
- Hiša kulture Pivka (SLO)
- Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. (SLO)
- Škuc (SLO)
- MG + MSUM, Ljubljana (SLO)
- MGLC, Ljubljana (SLO)
- MGML (SLO)
- UGM, Maribor (SLO)
- Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb (CRO)
- This is not a book! Item: BOOK marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Marko Pogačnik’s self-published handmade book Item:Book, considered the first artist’s book in Slovenia;
- ZINEZINE, a contemporary overview of the fanzine scene in Slovenia; and
- 26 Stages of Erection, a selection of international artist’s books from the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute’s collection.
I didn’t catch those three last night; I’ll post an update on the blog or on my Facebook page when I do.
Purchases? Just one, Railway Stations from Vienna to Istanbul in Alphabetical Order by local artist Tanja Lažetić. I love train travel and was in Istanbul just last month, so it was an easy sale. It’s a lovely little book, beautiful in its minimal simplicity. It’s precisely what the title suggests: a simple listing of stations that sends your mind racing between the stories hidden behind every village and small town name.
To give you a general idea of the convention, 16 more images are below.
These are also published on my Facebook page. Feel free to share them from there as well.