Tania Prill talk about the “Archive of Independent Publishing – AIP”, which is a collection of Underground and self- publications from the 1960s and 1970s and the exhibition and book project “Under the Radar”. The focus of the AIP is mainly on German dissenting voices, but it also documents the European and transatlantic context of independent modes and practices of publishing. This archive started as a private collection (gathered over about 15 years by Jan-Frederik Bandel) and is now based at the University of the Arts Bremen.
The value of these publications—often equally wild in regards to politics, content and design—for the history of social movements, political protest forms and alternative life models around and since 1968 is apparent. However, the AIP is most urgently interested in questions that are different (or rather lead in different directions): what significance is gained by media, communication, and design in these life models? What preceding histories to the analog, digital, post-digital media use can be told through these publications? Which breaks with tradition and lines of continuity within graphic design and media thought can be conceived of more precisely than elsewhere? Whose shoulders is today’s independent publishing standing? What can it learn from the amateurs, fantasts, and rebels of the 1960s and 70s? How political is design? And which social ideas can be articulated within it?
Tanie Prill (D/CH), was a partner of the studio “Prill Vieceli Cremers” since 2011 and realised commissions in the cultural sector as well as self-initiated book projects such as ‘MONEY’ (2015) and ‘Under the Radar – Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965–1975’ (2017). In 2018, she started her own studio and collaborates with different artists, designers and networks. She was a Professor of Communication Design at the Karlsruhe University of Art and Design (D). Since 2010, she is a Professor of Typography at the University of the Arts Bremen (D) where she coordinates the Archive of Independent Publishing AIP. She has also taught in universities in Switzerland and abroad.