Future Artefacts was thoroughly overwhelming in the best possible way. What I expected to be a relatively small print fair was in fact 2 railway arches packed to the rafters with new releases and a few classics – from established to up and coming publishers of all formats. The range and quality of releases a testament to the publishers themselves and the curatorial chops of the organisers. There was a-lot to take in but I chose 5 publishers that caught my attention though it has to be said the breadth and variety of what is on show is truly wide (there was a bit of a cue for the Bjork/Occulus rift video). There's a ton of stuff on over the weekend including talks at the Ace Hotel and gigs in the evening so check out the listings here to see what's on.
First up is Lewis Chaplin's Loose Jointsand his collaboration with Here Press 2041 - a look at an artist with a passion for concealment! A passion “he has secretly indulged for decades, he appears dozens of times in a variety of garments, but is always anonymous.”
Berlin based record label Pan - have had a great run of recent releases from Helm and Lee Gamble - as well as newer releases from Visionist and M.E.S.H. in an amongst their packed stand.
Four Corners Books - As a type nerd this one very much caught my eye - awesome book design with equally awesome content.
Self Publish Be Happy - I got stuck here for a while! So It Goes has featured one of their books before (Close Your Eyes by Gareth Mcconnell) they also had their now classic Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi whose 2nd edition is nearly sold out with e-bay listings of the 1st going for silly money as well as their new tome Fire In Cairo by Matthew Connors a study of revolutionary Egypt using "double sequence 's' (one direction and the other), like the double portraits, prompt ing the viewer to look twice at the reading of the events in Cairo, as well as the ability of photography to register an event, the truth," director Bruno Ceschel explained.
They also had previews copies of their new book by Aperture Self Publish, Be Happy. For it's full release they are planning on taking over (squatting) one floor of The Photographer's Gallery in London from Friday 20th to 27th November with a programme of activities and performances.
Last but not least; Lobster Theremin - The London label emerged with the mighty Palms Trax - Equation EP in late 2013 and hasn't shown signs of slowing down since. They had test pressings of un-released material from Longhorn and the Collectively EPas well as new releases Imre Kiss - Midnight Wave and sub-label 1800HaightStreet - Helded.
Future Artefacts runs this weekend only at Shoreditch Studios. You can find more information about the exhibition on their website.