Frankenstein Editorial round table

A workshop and a round table curated by Vassiliki-Maria Plavou and organised by Circuits and Currents, June 1st, 2016.


The roundtable entitled “Frankenstein Editorial” re-examine the structure and linearity of a narrative in a book format. Contemporary design practices confront the book format as an alternative exhibition space, as an interactive autonomous object, as an interface or a collective mosaic of a digital/online allegory. Hence, design is revisited as a gesture that establishes relations between objects and meaning, resulting in revealing that design functions as an actual structure. Parallel to the above, printed examples and strategies of collective editorial endeavours will be showcased, replacing the former idea of the individual editor with manifestations for datascapes, protocols, toolboxes that restructure and organize the body of information, algorithms of reinterpretation and misinterpretation. Contemporary book formats make denser and denser processes of writing and representations, while becoming a language and a navigating apparatus. They resist the finite materiality, overcome the regular archival taxonomy and function as a form of ascesis that curate experiences.

The roundtable addressing the “neo-grotesque body of the book” will be hosted by Typical organization designer Joshua Olsthoorn highlighting filming structures in the book format, These are a few of our favorite things design duette (Panayiota Theofilatou and Tasos Papaioannou), who created The Athens Zine Bibliotheque and focus on the tradition of self-publishing collectives and practices, and Eva Papamargariti dealing with the topic of editing as a creative tool.
*During the event a pop-up, book exhibition will be held in Circuits and Currents with related publications and their production mock-ups.

Vassiliki-Maria Plavou is mostly an architect. She lives and works in Greece. She graduated from the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (M.Arch) and holds a postgraduate diploma in Architectural Design. Plavou mostly deals with topics of design in the fields of architecture, art and graphics. Her interdisciplinary practice has allowed her to collaborate with many artists, curators, architects and cultural institutions such as Benaki Museum and DESTE foundation. Recently she designed the visual identity for DESTE Prize 2015, an exhibition hosted at the Museum of Cycladic Art, but also the catalogue of Maria Papadimitriou’s work, Why Look at Animals? Agrimiká, that represented Greece at the 56th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Her research interests focus in gendered geographies. Her projects have been published in international printed media, such as the architectural magazines Kerb Journal, MAS CONTEXT, as also MOUSSE magazine for contemporary art. Plavou has been awarded golden Ermis Award 2014 for editorial products, EBGE 2014 (self-publishing), 2015 (cover and art catalogue) and 2016 (praise for art catalogue)

Eva Papamargariti (1987-) born in Greece, graduated from the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly(2012). She now completes her studies at the Visual Communication Design Department at Royal College of Arts in London. Her work is based in mediums that relate to time such as digital environments, videos, gifs, but also engages to printed material and installations. She is interested in the creation of 2D/3D spaces, forms and geometries that constitute narratives of parallel, blurred situations happening in the digital-meet-analog every-day. With a variety of tools and software, she investigates issues of fragmented movement, eternity, the paradoxes and spatial distortions. Her work has been exhibited in many cities,such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Berlin, Seattle, Amsterdam, Lima, Toronto, Montreal, Athens and Edinburgh. In particular her work has been exhibited in museums and festivals such as: New Museum (New York), Tate Britain (London), Museum of Moving Image (New York), MoMA PS1 (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal and Transmediale Festival in Berlin, and online (Panther Modern, Parallelograms, ANIGIF, 15Folds, Channel Normal, The Wrong – Digital Art Biennale, Eternal Internet Brotherhood,

The Athens Zine Bibliotheque is a zines and independent publications library, based in Athens. The library was founded in November 2014 by the group These are a few of our favorite things, as part of the project Traces of Commerce.
The Athens Zine Bibliotheque holds over 300 titles from zines and independent publications varying from comics, politics, music, design, art, etc. as well as supporting materials, like magazines and books. Beside the reading room, a workspace is also held, fully equipped with materials to create your own zine. Once a month, zine workshops with guest contributors take place and a collective zine regarding the Stoa Emporon gets published.
Everyone is welcome to visit the collection (though zines cannot be loaned) during the opening hours, browse the online collection, be part of the activities (fanzine workshop, lectures, presentations etc.), or even add your own zine to the collection.
The Athens Zine Bibliotheque was chosen as one of the eleven proposals to be part of the second part of Traces of Commerce project, which took place in the Stoa Emporon, during December 1st, 2014 until June 15th, 2015. The library was located in the store No 4 with the group #AddNoice.
The members of These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things are Panayiota Theofilatou, architect and Tassos Papaioannou, designer.

Joshua Olsthoorn is born 1981 in Amsterdam, although abandoning his design studies at the 'Design academy Eindhoven' has been working in international design environments. He celebrates an in-between position woking with no-kosher media and mixing disciplines establishing relationships with commercial assignments to personal initiated obstacles balancing between typography, print, web, photography and cinematography. Lived and worked in Holland, Switzerland, France and since 2011 in Greece where he cofounded the Athens based 'Typical Organization for standards & order’.