Publication Studio

Address: 717 SW Ankeny Street, Portland, Oregon 97205
Contact: Patricia No & Antonia Pinter
Phone: (503) 360-4702
Open Hours: M-F, 11am-5pm and by appointment

How is the project operated?
We are incorporated as a partnership, but it feels​ very much artist/writer-run.
How long has it been in existence?
Publication Studio was founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon and is in its sixth year of operation.
What was your motivation?
We love books. We love writers. We love artists. We wanted to create a new model of publishing focused on publication for pleasure alone. Publication Studio prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. We use any means possible to help writers and artists reach a public: physical books; a digital commons (where anyone can read and annotate our books for free); eBooks; and unique social events with our writers and artists in many cities. We attend to the social life of the book. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through physical production, digital circulation, and social gathering. Together these construct a space of conversation which beckons a public into being.
Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
PS is run by two people, the co-founder Patricia No and partner Antonia Pinter. However, we have expanded to launch a dozen sibling studios around the world which are autonomously run by individuals or partners under the umbrella of Publication Studio.
How are programs funded?
As a for-profit business, we continue on wholly through the sale of books!
Who is responsible for the programming?
The two owner, Patricia and Antonia, are responsible for making all the decisions within Publication Studio (Portland, Oregon) from publication projects, events, residencies, etc.
Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
We host several events a month, including readings, book launches, panels, lectures and presentations. Most of these events span several hours at our space or another venue. We launch, on average, 15 publications annually.
What kind of events are usually organized?
We love throwing parties around books. Readings, author or artist talks, dinners, music shows, etc. We also organize panels and round-table discussions around the topic of publishing. We also founded and organize the Publication Fair which takes place annually at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel and features Portland publishers, bookstores, and presses (the 7th Publication Fair will take place December 13th, 2015).
How is your programming determined?
We want to create a public out of publication by attending to the social life of the book, so we look for work/projects that is both a good fit for the studio and one that aligns with the aesthetic, ethos, and philosophy of PS. Every project begins with a conversation.
Do you accept proposals/submissions?
We accept unsolicited proposals/submissions during our open submission period only.
What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
As a publisher, we try to be as transparent as possible in our methodology, pedagogy, and economics, focusing on creating a direct relationship between readers, authors, and publisher.
What’s working? What’s not working?
What’s working is our ongoing collaborations with various organizations and individuals in creating new publications and projects. What’s not working is our disastrous five year contract with our leased printer.
What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
We hope to bring life to the publications we publish with local writers, artists, and organizations by distributing them widely and holding events to create a social life of the book. Conversely, we love bringing national or international work to a Portland audience, forging new relationships and conversations in our city.
What idea are you most excited about for the future?
We are thrilled to be exploring new models of digital distribution of our titles. It’s exciting to see the progress of these platforms in creative, critical ways, and we’re eager to see how it will affect and change ideas of circulation and making work in books.
Images courtesy of Takeshi Okuno, Nolan Calisch, Portland Supply Co, and Publication Studio. 

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