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Jan-Frederik Bandel, Annette Gilbert, Tania Prill

Under the Radar (reprint)

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UNDER THE RADAR – Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965 – 1975

The mid-1960s witnessed a boom in underground and selfpublished works. Hectographs, mimeographs, and offset printing not only allowed for the production of small, lowcost print runs but also promote a unique aesthetic: using wild mock-ups, »messianic amateurs« combined typescript aesthetics, handwriting, scribbled drawings, assemblages of collaged visuals, porn photos, snapshots, and comic
strips. The typography consciously frees itself, in parallel to a liberalization of linguistic and visual forms of expression in the name of a new »sensibility«.
This book (which appears in conjunction with an exhibition at the Weserburg in Bremen) is the first to present the underground and self-published works that came out of West Germany in such depth, while also showing the internationalcontext in which they emerged: not as an anecdotal history but as an attempt to tap into the aesthetic cosmos of a Do-It-Yourself rebellion, one that also challenges us to take a new look at the current boom in »independent publishing«, the risograph aesthetic, and so on.

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  • date de publication : december 2019
  • langage : EN
  • pages : 368 p.
  • format : 33.3 x 26.7 x 1
  • reliure : soft cover, spirals
  • ISBN : 9783959051040
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