Catalog is a serial publication about cataloging, based in Amsterdam and published intermittently since 2016.
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‘Everybody wants exposure’ by Duncan Smith. Originally published in BOMB Magazine, Issue 10, Fall 1984. Republished in The Age of Oil (Slate Press, 1987). Reprinted here with permission.
‘Tracing Overexposure’ by Joke Robaard. Archive images selected and mapped in collaboration with Line Arngaard.
‘Impressed’ by Lieven Lahaye. Versions of this text were presented at IIIAA (Berlin, July 2019), Gerrit Rietveld Academie Library (Amsterdam, January 2020), Lugemik-Hulda Bookshop (Tallinn, July 2020), Hopscotch Reading Room (Berlin, August 2020).
Photographs by Anu Vahtra
This research started when I first read Duncan Smith’s essay ‘Everybody wants exposure’ (originally published in ‘The age of oil’ and republished in ‘Larry Johnson : Commie pinko guy’), an essay on the speculative relationship between developing photographs and fading denim jeans. The research only really took off, however, after reading the first line of Raphael Rubinstein’s article on Duncan Smith: ‘The near invisibility, online as well as off, of writer Duncan Smith (1954-1991) is a stark reminder of how thoroughly information can go missing, or never emerge at all.’ This Catalog is published to coincide with a talk by Lieven Lahaye at the library of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie – Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, February 25, 2020. Thanks to: Anita Burato, Pieter Verbeke, Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU. Published with the support of the Mondriaan Fund. The first of a series of publications, detailing ongoing research, inspired by the work of writer Duncan Smith. Formally, each publication is an A2 offset printed sheet, folded into a signature. The series will be compiled into a book, tentatively titled 'Can't do hard sun whim'.
Photographs by Anu Vahtra
Produced in support of a talk on the near invisibility, online as well as off, of writer Duncan Smith. The talk is structured around a reading of 'Everybody wants exposure' – an essay by Duncan Smith about the connection between the process of developing photographs and the fading of denim jeans. IIIAA – or: The Intensive Independent International Amateur Academy, was organised by Kasia Fudakowski, Philipp Modersohn and Marietta Auras, July 22nd-28th, Salon am Moritzplatz, Berlin.
An overview and addendum to the previous 13 Catalogs: providing context, corrections and follow-up.
Kitchen towel, used as crib notes for a toast — to cataloging! — as part of the public program of ‘Signals from the periphery’.
Produced as part of ‘Hey, let’s hang out in parks etc.’, a week of events in and around Kunstverein Amsterdam, curated by Lieven Lahaye. ‘The week included an opening toast on Monday and an exhibition in my living room on Tuesday. I work at a library Wednesday–Friday so I invited my friend, artist Nolwenn Salaün to visit me there on Wednesday. Thursday was a day of taking breaks. Friday, this walk. Stole Kunstverein’s bottle opener on Saturday. On Sunday, there was a table read of a play about the time Gianmaria Andreetta and myself visited an exhibition by Lotte Schröder.
Second attempt at producing a publication that could be folded into an object (after Catalog #5 could be folded into a hat). A flaw, inherent to these publications, is that you need to follow instructions, printed on the very sheet you’re trying to fold. Content of this Catalog was assembled from the collection of the Rietveld-Sandberg library.
Installation view, as part of the exhibition ‘Failed to Sync’, at Punt WG, Amsterdam.
Produced as part of an installation at Bröhan Museum. No documentation exists, as the installation and stack of Catalogs mysteriously disappeared before we had a chance to visit the exhibition.
An essay on the Rem Koolhaas book ‘Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large’, printed on the back of 5 bumper stickers, each depicting the spine of a different edition. Documentation of book launch, at San Serriffe, Amsterdam. Car, courtesy of Bart de Baets.
Catalogs — again — (as in Catalog #2) forms of vertical organization and — again — takes a position, strongly in favor of ‘the stack’, against ‘the pile’. It was made as part of an exhibition and seen here, displayed as a stack (of posters). Visitor on the right sports a Brancusi sticker on their shirt, also produced as part of the exhibition.
Produced in support of a talk on provisional design, contrived design and the problem of coming up with your own nickname.
Produced as a contribution to a book, presented at the 27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, in an IKEA-style living room setup.
Produced in support of the public reading of an essay about my worn down copy machine. Inspired by thanks lists from hardcore/punk fanzines and records, this Catalog is filled with inside jokes. As a benchmark, jokes were only included if they could be understood by Jonas Kinet — editor of Breakaway fanzine (one issue published) and ‘I don’t wanna see’ newsletter (two issues published).
Produced in an edition of 10.000 copies and used as pedestals for tiny sculptures.
Produced in support of an exhibition of repurposed Altoids Tins. The nicest one housed a miniature sound system that played the intro of Link Wray’s ‘Rumble’ on repeat.