Programme 2018
Saturday 17th March 2018 held at Ocean Studios

1pm  •  Daniel Lehan / Performance

Daniel performed 'I Am A Square', a sound text piece comprising words, poems and songs performed on two battery powered child’s Alphabet Desks, referencing Dada sound poetry and the artist’s own performance at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

"Lehan’s surrealist books play with our expectations of language and image; they follow the format of a nostalgic guidebook or souvenir postcard book but they aren’t quite right.Juxtaposing images and texts meticulously cut from medical health books, vintage magazines and gardening guides, they amuse and beguile in their mix ups of flowers, castles, aliens and showgirls."


2.30pm  •  Alexandra Higlett and Georgina Hounsome / Talk

Alexandra and Georgina talked about Pirrip Press, their design/publishing company and shop in Bristol.

Founded in 2012 by Alexandra Higlett and Georgina Hounsome, Pirrip is a small illustration, design & print studio, specialising in silkscreen printing. We work on a variety of projects; big and small, commercial and non, and each work independently as illustrators and designers.

"We like to tell stories, and know that things have more authenticity if there’s research, thought and a narrative of some kind behind them. So there’s always a tale woven in to what we do, whether it be a book or graphic story or a one-off screenprint. We’ve worked collaboratively on several book projects, notably, The Island, which we hand printed and bound in situ as part of an artist’s residency at Enblanco gallery in Berlin."


4pm  •  Robin Silas Christian and Flo Brooks / Talk

Robin Silas Christian (Makina Books) and Flo Brooks discussed 'Outskirts' and Makina as an ongoing project and archive.

Throughout the day  •  Makina Books / Exhibition

In the week leading up to, and during, the art book fair Makina Books presented pages from Flo Brooks’ 'Outskirts' publication in the Column Bakehouse café/gallery

Outskirts is a social practice art project initiated by Flo Brooks in 2016, exploring the intersection between liminality and identity through visual and textual exchanges. It arose from a desire to share, collaborate and give form to our experiences of in-betweeness (liminality), and first took shape with the launch of social portrait collaboration The Liminal Portrait Exchange, and a publication call out on themes relating to liminality and gender, culminating in Outskirts, 2017, a bookwork published by Makina Books. Featuring contributions from 16 participants from all over the world ranging in subject from queer dissonance to the neoliberal agenda, and in media from photography to print to prose, the bookwork also features a selection of portraits from The Liminal Portrait Exchange, where people are invited to share their experience of liminality through image, object, text or sound, and have a de/constructed portrait created in response. A continuous and shifting project, Outskirts has curated and organised exhibitions at White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, (with Makina Books), London, 2017, and at Plymouth Art Weekender, 2017, and Exeter Phoenix Cafe Gallery, 2017 (both with Robin Christian and Richard Phoenix). Outskirts is transgender, feminist and queer, it places emphasis on trans and gender non-conforming narratives, but sees these categories as permeable, shifting, and part of a much broader network of allies, friends and conspirators.



On the ground floor, the Ocean Studios cafe served proper coffee and delicious food and cakes from the Column Bakehouse