nº 10 — Stud
Order — 30 €
Stud compiles photographs that Aurélie Jacquet and Aurélien Mole shot while they were students at the French National School of Photography, respectively between 2012-2015 and 2000-2003. The images they chose from one another’s archives are staged by Syndicat. Alan Eglinton, a former student from the same school, conducts an interview with Nick Waplington. It sheds light on the notion of the retrospective gaze, which this book might be about. Unless the pictures we’re dealing with here are the kind one takes when learning photography? The publication is composed of 11 booklets of 16 pages. 10 of these booklets are chosen and assembled randomly, making each of the 300 copies unique.
Authors: Aurélien Mole, Aurélie Jacquet, Alan Eglinton, Nick Wapplington, Syndicat
164 + 4 pages
240 × 320 mm
nº 09 — Un atelier à soi
Order — 27 €
This book traces Jennifer Caubet’s work during her residency at the Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts plastiques (Cirva), from 2017 to 2019. Immersed in Cirva’s studio as well as in her own, Jennifer Caubet was able to experience the many variations of the glass material through dialogue with the art center’s team of glass technicians. The sculptural projects she has developed at Cirva question various recurring notions in her work as an artist: how sculpture negotiates the relations to spaces and territories using scale measurements and the interaction with the human body; how gesture and movement determine shape; and where the boundaries between sculpture and landscape lie. Designed as a journey through the gestation stages of her work, the notebooks function as a score, offering, in all transparency, a reading of her preparatory drawings, annotations, studio gestures, and up until her finished works.
Texts: Isabelle Reiher, Lise Guéhenneux, Fabien Faure, Jennifer Caubet
éditions Empire & Cirva
212 × 310 mm
CMYK + 1PMS
nº 08 — Co-Creation
English version — 20 €
French version — 20 €
Co-Creation is a multifaceted publication that is part of a research initiative into co-creation and socially engaged art practices. Begun in 2013, this long-term initiative has been the work of Céline Poulin (the director of CAC Brétigny) and Marie Preston (artist and teacher-researcher at Université Paris 8), along with Stéphanie Airaud (the director of public outreach and cultural initiatives at MAC VAL). The publication took shape in part around a three-day symposium at MAC VAL and CAC Brétigny, a master’s seminar in Contemporary Art Media Design of Université Paris 8 at Villa Vassilieff, and finally an exhibition at CAC Brétigny.
A new theoretical advance and not simply the proceedings of a symposium, Co-Creation has allowed us to bring together and get out to the public, in France and abroad, the contributions this research project has inspired. No comparable reference work existed in France before the present publication. This book allows us to pursue a dialogue with all those who are contributing internationally to such reflections. It records the development of collective work that is helping to connect French and international universities, art centres, museums, art schools, etc. Different questions raised by co-creation practices and dealt with in earlier iterations are returned to or are treated in greater depth as new ones emerge. What, for example, is the heritage of popular education in co-creation practices? Who is speaking when more than one is in fact speaking? What is at stake in terms of power and statuses in a group that is working together? What kind of private connections and what kind of relationship to daily reality does that involve? What interactions exist between alternative educational methods and co-creation practices? What methodologies of evaluation, aesthetic or not, are possible?
Made up of theoretical and/or personal texts by philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, artists, and art historians, along with several interviews, this edition is organised around five essential cross-disciplinary themes, namely, conversation, the collective, education, vulnerability, and evaluation.
Editors: Céline Poulin & Marie Preston with the participation of Stéphanie Airaud
Texts: Stéphanie Airaud, Andrea Ancira, Marnie Badham, Virginie Bobin, Caroline Darroux, François Deck, Marie Fraser, Véronique Goudinoux, Núria Güell, Adelita Husni-Bey, Florence Jou, Grant H. Kester, Camille Louis, Pascal Nicolas-Le Strat, Maude Mandart, Christian Maurel, Céline Poulin, Marie Preston, Katia Schneller, Myriam Suchet, Mathilde Villeneuve.
éditions Empire & CAC Brétigny
155 × 210 mm
nº 07 — Proof
Order — 22 €
Proof is a printed visual archive composed of video screenshots from ISIS propaganda films, captured directly from the Internet. It shows how, since 2014, cultural history was physically destroyed by special units ‘Kata’ib Taswiya’. Proof is a documentation of the last moments of those sculptures and monuments, during and just after their collapse and destructions. Technically the book operates like a pictorial cheque book and its pages are pre-cuted, allowing the readers to tear the pages if they want to.
215 × 287 mm
Hard cover, pre-cuted pages
Concept & design: Syndicat
nº 06 — L’Écart absolu
Order — 15 €
This catalogue documents a collective exhibition program inspired by the writings of Charles Fourier. “L’Écart absolu” is a dialogue between architecture, artistic heritage and contemporary works, in which artists come together, interact and experiment on the edge of design, visual arts, decorative arts and applied arts.
With Karina Bisch, Nicolas Chardon, Marianne Maric, Dominique Mathieu, Syndicat, We Are The Painters, Atelier Van Lieshout, Aline Bouvy & John Gillis, Stanley Brouwn, Stéphane Calais, Jacques Charlier, Meschac Gaba, Marie Goussé, Teresa Margolles, Superflex, Barthélémy Toguo, Danh Vo, Maarten Van Severen
éditions Empire & Le Quadrilatère
145 × 297 mm
nº 05 — Artists as Iconographers
Order — 22 €
For over a century now, iconographer artists have fuelled their approach by tapping into the diversity of images produced by othersand spread through society by industrial means. From collage to the post-internet school, from archival installations to Appropriationist quotation and image constellations, the present book puts these art practices into perspective, focusing on the last forty years, an extraordinarily dynamic period that recently witnessed the invention and development of a new way of disseminating information and images, the internet. Through theoretical texts, artists’ interviews, and exhibition practices, the book maps the connections artists maintain with images and examines emotion as the driving force in our interactions with them.
Editors: Garance Chabert & Aurélien Mole
Texts: François Aubart, Garance Chabert & Aurélien Mole, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Jan Verwoert.
Interviews: Pierre-Olivier Arnaud, Barbara Breitenfellner, Céline Duval, Haris Epaminonda, Aurélien Froment, Wade Guyton, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Leguillon, Jonathan Monk, Clément Rodzielski, Linder Sterling, John Stezaker, Oriol Vilanova, by Timothée Chaillou.
16 page leaflet, Album XIII (excerpt), Luis Jacob, 2015.
éditions Empire & Villa du Parc, centre d’art contemporain
ISBN : 979-10-95991-02-1
English / French
342 + 16 pages
125 x 200 mm
nº 04 — IBM, Paul Rand’s Graphic Standards Manual reprint
Order — 50€
In 1956 the designer Eliot Noyes was employed by the Director of IBM to rethink the company’s design as a whole, from products to communication right up to the architecture of the buildings.
Graphic Designer Paul Rand was invited to define all of the graphic documents used in the company. Thus began one of the most memorable graphic design projects of the 20th century, at the heart of the “IBM Graphic Design Program”.
The series of IBM logotypes created by Paul Rand culminated in 1972 in a drawn version made up of layered strips, making the company’s initials instantly recognisable all over the world. This iconic logo, composed of 8 bars, continues to be used today.
Between the sixties and the eighties a significant group of graphic rules and uses was documented and regularly updated in a folder that was organised into sections. Inside we can find the instructions that allow us to reproduce the logotype, graphic and typographic rules, designs for internal and external documents, signage and architectural applications. This document allows one to work with the company’s graphic signs in coherence and efficient discussion with other trades. Today this folder is an iconic, rare and little documented object and it seems important to us to render it accessible and distributable, to Graphic designers, students and anyone interested in the adventure undertaken by this emblematic company.
Considering the many updates that were made to graphic design standards and norms, the different folders of the IBM norm that we consulted often differed greatly in terms of their content.
The successive documents from the folder and their developments will be published and reproduced so as to offer the widest possible vision of the work accomplished over a period of more than twenty years. This work will be done in collaboration with the archive team from IBM New York, and the Kandinsky Library of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.
The project is being undertaken with the approval of the legal successors of Paul Rand and IBM itself.
English + French translation
292 + 44 pages
235 × 320 mm
CMYK + 9 Pantone ©
High resolution scans of the original pages, scale 1/1.
Preface by Steven Heller
nº 03 — Revue Faire, look at things twice a month
Subscribe — revue-faire.eu
Critical publications dedicated to the analysis of Graphic Design are sadly few and far between today, particularly in France, but also in Europe as a whole.
Adopting an analytical and critical posture with regard to the forms and activities of Graphic Design, Sacha Léopold and François Havegeer intend to establish a printed publication that deals with these practices. The publication will work with seven authors in its first year (Lise Brosseau, Manon Bruet, Thierry Chancogne, Céline Chazalviel, Jérôme Dupeyrat, Catherine Guiral and Étienne Hervy). This initially limited choice, linked to a desire to propose an experience with a group that has previously participated together in projects, will then allow for the inclusion of foreign authors in the second year of publication.
The goals of FAIRE are as follows:
— To produce a publication based on the rhythm of the school year (appearing from October to May), for undergraduate students as well as researchers and professionals, documenting contemporary and international practices along with the history and grammar of styles.
— To publish 15 bilingual (French/English 30000+30000 characters), A4, 20-page issues per year.
— To document each issue as a unique, tentacular subject addressed by a renowned author, by encountering the authors and Graphic Designers involved.
— To consider and print an iconography that is specific to these subjects.
— To focus on emblematic practices that go beyond questions set by current trends and the perishable nature of a magazine.
— To allow authors to submit their intentions concerning thematic openings without imposing a particular subject to be treated.
— To organize events, launches, and encounters with international figures from the field of Graphic Design in connection with each issue.
— To offer subscriptions on a twice-monthly basis.
— To allow people to find four assembled issues in bookshops every two months, distributed by Les Presses du réel and Idea Books.
— Il s’agit de FAIRE. It’s about DOING
200 × 290 mm
CMYK or sometimes more
Saddle stitched binding
7€ per issue
nº 02 — The Middle Of The World, by Yonatan Vinitsky
Order — 70 €
Absalon, Yaacov Agam, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Lygia Clark, Naum Gabo, Rupprecht Geiger, Matt Montini, Bruno Munari & Leo Lionni, Ezra Orion, Chana Orloff, David Perlov, Dorothea Rockburne.
A limited edition book by Yonatan Vinitsky in the format of a completed sticker album.
Inspired by popular French and Belgium sticker albums, the book inhabits a place between an artist’s book and historical documentation and re-enactment in the form of a large-scale completed sticker album sculpture. Vinitsky’s publication examines the studios of 14 international artists of the 20th Century, through the collaboration of more than 40 artists, writers, designers, photographers, architects and other related practitioners, working together under the roof of the book.
The 14 studios were selected by Vinitsky from his personal list of art heroes. The book is constructed from newly commissioned texts and visual projects; without the use of any archival material, using performance, illustration, 3D models, photography, scanning, painting, sculpture and various re-enactments in order to ask what the artist studio means today.
David Adika, François Aubart, Ellie Armon Azoulay, Ariella Azoulay, Ewa Bickels, Alice Channer, Héléna de Laurens, Sophie Delpeux, Vanessa Desclaux, Oliver Evans, Jacob Farrell, Ryan Gander, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Mark Higden, Sam Hryckow, Benjamin Lafore & Sébastien Martinez-Barat, Myriam Lefkowitz, Achim Lengerer, Cédric Libert, Mathieu Loctin, Rebecca May Marston & Barnie Askew Page, Susan Meiselas, Aurélien Mole, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ourie Ophir Azoulay, Émile M. Ouroumov, Janina Pedan, Florent Pierre, Pierre-Alain Poirier, Élodie Royer & Yoann Gourmel, Karin Ruggaber, Tom Shay, Moran Shoub, Sam Thorne, Ben Toms, Emilia Vinitsky Armon, Jonathan P. Watts, Hugo Wheeler, Jennifer Winkworth, Raphaël Zarka.
235 × 305 mm
CMYK + 1PMS
290 pre-placed image stickers
Limited first edition – 500 copies
nº 01 — NASA, Danne & Blackburn’s Graphics Standards Manual reprint
Order — 20€
Beyond a simple fascination for NASA, the manual is of interest for several reasons:
— It is an exhaustive presentation of visual identity – from letterheads to the markings on the space shuttle Discovery
— and thus allows the reader to apprehend the different formal, political and technical scales of the use of signs.
— The clarity of its texts which guided the personnel responsible for producing new documents contrasts sharply with the mainstream vocabulary in the communications field today.
— As an object, it is worthy of the interest it has created. It demonstrates the ambition and care taken in its presentation. Its format facilitates manipulation to ensure the organization, comprehension and implementation of the instructions and propositions it contains.
310 × 232 mm
Black + 1 spot color
5 spot colors swatch
Founded by François Havegeer, Sacha Léopold and Kévin Lartaud, the Empire publishing house is an extension of the Syndicat studio’s activities related to images, graphic design and relations with artists.
The company does not wish to define an editorial line regarding types of publications but to make questions of reproduction, documentation, and the circulation of images central through catalogues, monographs, theoretical works, magazines, posters or re-editions.