Studio Nock wants to broaden the architecture discourse
Studio Nock wants to provide a space for the world’s independent architecture publications – its A Print exhibition in ArkDes’s library makes it possible for a wide audience to read and flick through more than 100 architecture publications from 60 different editorial offices.
Why did you put this exhibition on?
“We’ve longed for a freer, perhaps messier, forum in which we can meet, exhibit and talk about architecture,” says Agnes Gidestam, co-curator for A Print Stockholm and co-founder of Studio Nock. “The editorial teams of the publications we are exhibiting do what we want to do, but in a printed format. We created the exhibition in order to inspire a Swedish audience by providing architecture titles not readily available to them.”
How did the idea come about?
“Our dream is for Studio Nock to become a a forum for exhibitions, but also to be a sort of bookshop or small library,” explains Gidestam. “But that requires a lot of money, and so we chose to make A Print as an exhibition. There are many examples of international zine exhibitions. Elias Redstone’s travelling exhibition Archizines in 2011 and Beatriz Colominas’ Clip, stamp, fold in 2007 are probably the most famous examples that had a complete focus on architecture. They were both super interesting in different ways, but there hasn’t been enough in Sweden, we think. In addition, there are forums for independent magazines, such as Magculture or Stack; not to mention all the platforms that universities and enthusiasts are responsible for. Magazines are an exciting form of media to display because they’re constantly renewed: it’s only six months since our last exhibition and half of the publications we displayed have already published new issues, other ones have been discontinued and some new ones have launched.”
“Through Studio Nock we want to be part of the discourse surrounding architecture and hopefully contribute to expanding it,” continues Naima Callenberg, co-curator and co-founder of Studio Nock. “Unestablished publications have a freer and more investigative approach, and there is an ocean of different ideas about what architecture is and can be. This is what we want to communicate.”
What is the difference between independent architecture publications and more established ones?
“There is more space for other art forms [in independent publications],” says Callenberg. “Research relevant to architecture can be conducted in so many ways. Many of these magazines are not driven by being commercially successful – some only publish a few issues – while there are others which break through and are eventually able to support their production. There is something so pleasurable in being part of widening the circle of people who recognise these titles which are made by people driven by genuine passion.”