ABC Assembly

ABC Assembly is an experiment in collective book production conducted at the  Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center - Ramallah, Palestine. Members of ABC, guest curator Alaa Mansour and invited artists  were asked to submit images and texts to a "manual of self-organisation” divided into six chapters decided by vote, after a web search for "tips on how to self-organise". 

During the exhibition the chapters will be printed on an office printer installed in the gallery and operated remotely.  At the conclusion of the exhibition the pages will be bound together and the project made available as a print-on-demand facsimile publication.

ABC Assembly is part of the exhibition But These Forms Need to Be Created an “exhibition and an attempt to explore forms of self-organisation” curated by Adele Jarrar. 

11th August - 11th October 2021
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center

With contributions by Alaa Mansour (LB), Amin Husain (PS/US), Anja Saleh (DE), Claudia de la Torre (MX) Corinne Vionnet (CH), Daniel Elias (PS),  David Schulz (US), Dawn Kim (US), DROSS (UK), EJ Major (UK), Felix Kalmenson (RU), Hanaa Ismail (LB), Ian Paul (UK), John Maclean (UK),  Jonathan Lewis (UK), Jonathan Schmidt-Ott (DE), Lapsus (RO),  Louis Porter (UK), Micheál O’Connell/Mocksim (IE), Muhammad Salah (SD), Oliver Griffin (UK),  Rahel Zoller (DE/UK), Wil van Iersel (NL), Ziad Naitaddi (MA) 

ABCOA, 2021

ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative invited interested and interesting friends, and even frienemies, to contribute to this superb project. Each participant supplied a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) but with the CoA itself being the artefact. In other words, each document referenced itself. You are advised not to dwell on this conundrum for too long in the interests of your own mental health. Initiator: Micheál O'Connell.

60 loose sheets, A4, 80gsm, non-archival paper and not printed at full-bleed. (Note that ABCOA is produced and shipped in the low-tech spirit or the mail art tradition. The standard envelope may become marked or slightly tattered in transit, and that is seen as part of the project’s charm.)

Price incl. p&p: €30.00

Contributors: Aaron Krach, Aisling Roche, Alfred Steiner, Andreas Schmidt, Cadi Froehlich, Carritt and Palmer (Jon Carritt and Dan Palmer), Chengwei (Sunny) Geng, Clare Strand, Claudia de la Torre, Corinne Vionnet, Craig Havens, Dafna Talmor, Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Daniella Norton, David Schulz, Duncan Wooldridge, Edgar Leciejewski, Eric Doeringer, Fiona Winterflood, Greg Allen, Irene Fubara-Manuel, Jan Basarab, Jenny Odell, Joachim Schmid, Joanna Zylinska, Jocelyn Allen, John MacLean, Jonathan Lewis, Jonathan Monk, Jonathan Schmidt-Ott, Julie Samuels, Kenneth Goldsmith, Klara Vith, Lisa Levy, Louis Porter, Lucas Gabellini-Fava, MacDonaldStrand (Gordon MacDonald and Clare Strand again), Michalis Pichler, Micheál O'Connell (Mocksim), Mike Stoakes, Miriam O'Connor, Mishka Henner, Motion Sickness (Denise Kehoe, Eleanor Breeze and Arabella Hilfiker), Natalia Jaffe, Oliver Griffin, Paul Soulellis, Penelope Umbrico, Peter Morgan, Rahel Zoller, Roy Mehta, Sarah Brenneman, Scott Robertson, Susan Diab, Suzanne O'Haire, Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson, Tomasz Madajczak, Travis Shaffer, Wayne Daly and Wil van Iersel.

ABC Days, 2020

At the invitation of Wil van Iersel, twenty-nine international artists each produced a book on a chosen day between June and July 2020. The theme and content of each book was open to each artist; be it a diary, a sketch book, a reflection on these strange times, work made during the lockdown, or a response to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations against police brutality and white privilege. The only condition was for the book to be uploaded to the web on the chosen day.

Twenty-nine digitally printed books, colour.
Each volume 17 x 24 cm / 48 - 64 pages.

Box set available in an edition of 29.

Edition of 29: US$600 / £440 / 500€

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With contributions by Alaa Mansour (LB), Bruno Zhu (PT), Corinne Vionnet (CH), David Horvitz (US), David Schulz (US), Dawn Kim (US), Duncan Wooldridge (UK), EJ Major (UK), Hermann Zschiegner (US), Jack Halten Fahnestock (US), Jan van der Til (NL), John Maclean (UK), Jonathan Bragdon (US), Jonathan Lewis (UK), Jonathan Schmidt-Ott (DE), Kurt Caviezel (CH), Lotte Schröder (NL), Louis Porter (UK), Micheál O’Connell [Mocksim] (IE), Mishka Henner (UK/FR), Mohini Chandra (UK), Monika Orpik (PL), Ofer Wolberger (US), Penelope Umbrico (US), Rahel Zoller (DE/UK), Studio The Future (NL), Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson (NO/IS), Travis Shaffer (US), Wil van Iersel (NL)

Clockwise from left to right:  Lotte Schröder, June 23, 2020 / Ofer Wolberger, June 16, 2020 / Hermann Zschiegner, June 15, 2020 / Mohini Chandra, July 7, 2020 / Penelope Umbrico, July 1, 2020 / Monika Orpik, July 5, 2020

ABC Days was supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).

ABC Post, 2020

During the early months of the 2020 pandemic, we looked for meaningful ways to reach out and decided on a postcard campaign, with each member producing a print-on-demand stamp affixed to a card and sent out to family, friends, colleagues and the book fair visitors we missed.

Eighteen sheets each with five stamps
17x12 cm / Printed by

Open edition: US$300 / £220 / €250

ABC Post Online / Buy ABC Post
With stamps by Corinne Vionnet (CH), David Schulz (US), Dawn Kim (US), Duncan Wooldridge (UK), EJ Major (UK), Eric Doeringer (US), Hermann Zschiegner (US), John Maclean (UK), Jonathan Lewis (UK), Jonathan Schmidt-Ott (DE), Louis Porter (UK), Micheál O’Connell [Mocksim] (IR), Mishka Henner (UK/FR), Paul Soulellis (US), Oliver Griffin (UK), Rahel Zoller (DE/UK), Travis Shaffer (US), and Wil van Iersel (NL)

ABC Proposals for Paris, 2020

Inspired by the Situationist’s 1955 text, “Proposals for Rationally Improving the City of Paris”, ABC Proposals for Paris invited members of the Cooperative to envisage a public art project for the city, to be presented as part of a series of bound postcards. Like most ABC projects the theme was very much open to interpretation.

Eighteen digital offset colour printed postcards

Standard edition of 100: US$18 / £14 / €15

A limited edition is available comprising of cards signed by each artist and individually mailed to the buyer.

Limited edition of 5: US$420 / £310 / €350

Buy ABC Proposals for Paris
With postcards by Corinne Vionnet (CH), David Schulz (US), Dawn Kim (US), Duncan Wooldridge (UK), EJ Major (UK), Eric Doeringer (US), Hermann Zschiegner (US), John Maclean (UK), Jonathan Lewis (UK), Jonathan Schmidt-Ott (DE), Louis Porter (UK), Micheál O’Connell [Mocksim] (IE), Mishka Henner (UK/FR), Oliver Griffin (UK), Rahel Zoller (DE/UK), Travis Shaffer (US), and Wil van Iersel (NL)