Tu es Zeitung Nr. 1 (Berlin 1970). Sammlung Jan-Frederik Bandel
Exhibition Zentrum | 30.10.2015 - 14.02.2016

Unter dem Radar (Under the Radar)

Underground Publishing and Self Publishing 1965 – 1975
OPENING Thursday, 29th October, 7pm with FRANK WITZEL, the 2015 German Book Prize winner for his novel "Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen manisch-depressiven Teenager im Sommer 1969". “That unpopular label “Underground” embraces hippies, beats, mystics, madmen, freaks, yippies, crazies, crackpots, commun¬ards and anyone who rejects rigid political ideology (a ‘brain disease’) and believes that once you have blown your own mind, the Bastille will blow up itself”, wrote Richard Neville in 1970 in his book Play Power – Exploring the International Underground. He was co-founder of Oz, which – along with IT (International Times), the most influential European magazine of the dawning counterculture – was one of the magazines that played a significant role in the “importation” of “Underground” models from the USA.
Oz Nr. 38 (London 1971). Sammlung Jan-Frederik Bandel

The British writer Jeff Nuttall called the Underground a “messianic crusade” of dilettantism. It is the celebration of amateur production that is no longer apologetic but aggressive in its manifestation: professionalism is seen as ideological constraint, a blockage of the channels of communication, the weak and impersonal machinery of censorship, debasement and commerce.

Underground publishers and self-publishers question the relationship between manual and intellectual work, between the individual and the collective, the collective and the scene, the scene and society. Above all, their “self-made” publications are expressions of the delight inherent in making a productive statement (typing, printing, cutting, repairing…): “We make our newspapers for the same reasons as small children run around, shout and are noisy. Because we are alive. That is all”, (from What is Underground press?).

d.a. levy: The Tibetan Stroboscope (Cleveland 1968)

UFO Nr. 1 (Frankfurt a.M. 1971)

This exhibition gives insights into the publication culture that came into existence from the mid-1960s under the influence of this importation in Europe, principally in the Federal Republic of Germany and which, in the mid-1970s, following the international trend, once more evaporated, mutated and dissolved. It shows forms of creative dilettantism occupying a territory somewhere between dense, illegible text, handicraft and ornamental jungle. It documents the yearning for clarity – “nuances… mere cramps in the class struggle...” (”Zwischentöne … bloß Krampf im Klassenkampf”, as Franz-Josef Degenhardt sang in 1968) – and the iridescent ambiguity then known as “Pop“. It tells of the desire to oppose the “media of lies of the corpses” (Urban Gwerder) with a “Gegenöffentlichkeit” (counter-public) and of the fascination with mass media. It is devoted to the components of the underground aesthetic: the complexity of typefaces, the overwhelming ornamentation of psychedelia, the humour of comics and the explicitness of pornography.

 

The exhibition also represents a search for the energy source underlying today’s “independent” publication practises and the electronic “counter-publics” of the internet, which perpetuate many of the presentiments and ideas of alternative media thinking of the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Programme in connection with the exhibition:

10th November 2015, 7pm:

»Dancing the Underground. Psychedelik, Poesie« – Disco aus den 1960/70er Jahren mit der Klasse Heike Kati Barath, den Bildern von Bogdan Hoffmann und DJ Glasmeier im Auditorium der Hochschule für Künste.

2nd December 2015, 4:30pm:

Guided tour through the exhibition with Jan-Frederik Bandel and Tania Prill

14th/15th January 2016:

International Symposium at the University for the Arts Bremen. The symposium deals with forms of independent publishing since the 1960s until today.

21st January 2016:

Lecture at the University for the Arts Bremen: »Open Source Publishing« by the group »OSP Kitchen« (Brussells).

 

Publication:

A book on the exhibition's themes will be published in spring 2016 at Spector Books (Leipzig).

 

Concept:

Jan-Frederik Bandel,  Michael Glasmeier and Tania Prill (University for the Arts, Bremen), Annette Gilbert (Free University Berlin),

In collaboration with students from the Master Studios »From Aleph to Eternity« at the University for the Arts, Bremen.

 

The exhibition project is a cooperation of the Free University Berlin, the University for the Arts Bremen and the Centre for Artists' Publications

Supported by VolkswagenStiftung and the Peter Szondi Institute at the Free University Berlin

 


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