Leaflet #8: READING EDGE

c.off is currently setting the ground work for our next initiative READING EDGE – a library experiment under construction to which we now call for independent publications.

READING EDGE is a place dedicated to the rich and complex field of knowledge processed by the labor of choreography, performing arts and performance of today – and a manifestation of reading as a borderline practice moving across legacies and territories.

READING EDGE collects artists’ books and discursive publications, published by individuals and independent art initiatives operating at the margin – printed, digital as well as in otherwise materiality and format. Collected publications provide insight into a multiplicity of bodies, languages and technologies, which, assembled onto this edge, begin to intra-weave and re-contextualize one another. Wherebyreading as knowledge turns into a labor of interdependency, by proliferation of difference, always singular, unavoidably borderline.

The urge to call for publications by independent organizations and individuals who are operating on the edge of a “different” choreography was set in motion as a result of c.off’s own publishing.

– Artists’ books inhabit many formats, move across and interplay with linguistics, images and other physical or digital materiality. The artist book format invites the recipient to understand the concept of a book as one of several possible materializations of an artwork or project, and the act of reading as constitutive to apprehend its multiple outcomes, tells Izabella Borzecka, Executive Director of c.off and continues:

– In general, the artist book is perhaps most commonly associated with the visual arts field. However, c.off ourselves who are operating by and through choreography, as well as our sister-organization ccap, have been publishing our own artists’ books as well as other discursive publications for several years. Most recently, c.off released IMPERFEKTA – an artist book that intra-weaves theoretical texts, poetry, music and film as one of several outcomes of the project (im)perfect choreographies. Besides artists’ books – discursive publications, magazines, visuals, digital sources, audio, text and other experimental publications are also produced and published today by independent, self-organized, artist-run, not-for-profit organizations or individuals. All of which record and run a rich and complex field of knowledge processed by their borderline art practices, and all of which do not have a common physical place where they are collected, read, and visible by a non-profit policy, at least not in Sweden.

Driven by the commitment to locate, collect and assemble the legacies of knowledge processed by independent art practices of choreography, performing arts and performance of today, the open call to the READING EDGE library is the first step towards its becoming.

– Just as any library or archive, the collecting of books or publications is a never-ending project and a continuous investigation and reassessment of what it entails. We are therefore looking very much forward to what/who will respond to this call. Ultimately to provide a better insight into what is “out there”, and by assembling these independent publications together, insist on their discursivity and legacies of knowledge, says Izabella Borzecka.

This open call runs until 30th of November for donations of printed and digital publications to the READING EDGE library.  Donated publications will be carefully attended to and included in the reading edge’s database. Most importantly, each donation will be made accessible to visitors, who will be able to encounter and read each publication at c.off’s space, Körsbärsvägen 9 in Stockholm.

READING EDGE runs a non-profit policy. Publications will be made accessible to non-commercial use only, with all rights reserved to each publisher. In the event of public readings, seminars, salons and otherwise discursive interventions based on the library material, publishers involved will be asked for permission, and invited to contribute.


Our first open call to Reading edge was Nov 1-30th. If you want to donate a publication to the library archive please get in touch, email to info@coff.se.

For those who already donated – we will notify you by email when the publication has arrived. It is also possible to hand in your publication to us in person at c.off, Körsbärsvägen 9, 114 23 Stockholm.

We thank you for your generous contributions and welcome everyone to take part in and of the READING EDGE library in Stockholm.