Name, first nameJulie PetterYear of birth1987UniversityZHDKField of Interest / research fieldCommunication Design / Visual CommunicationTitle of projectPUBLICATION = PUBLIC+ACTIONAbstractBooks have been created for centuries. They evolve with technology, human skills and
human aspirations. In the 20th century, a new form of art emerged, the artists’ book. There are various roots but it is in the 1960’s that this form began to proliferate. The book not just being a platform but a medium, a form, an art work itself. Technology as well as printing has developed. Today, it is not as expensive as it used to be which opens a large field in production. For the past few years, publications have increased rapidly. Art book fairs, workshops, and presentations have popped up everywhere. 
Independent publishing became the new way of promoting publications, distribution and collaborating with various artists.
Did the peak of independent publishing already occur or is it happening today? How are the publications going to evolve? The answers to these questions differ from person to person. But what everybody agrees on, is that printing technology and its accessibility gave the chance to independent publishing to arise.

Today, a lot of talks are focusing on the economy of independent publishing. There is the need to understand and to analyze its evolution within the last few years. From this research material, the aim is to apply the results to my practical project. By realizing an artist’s book that would correspond, with the characteristics of this evolution, to the actual and future situation of independent publishing.
TutorsKurt Eckert, Alex Hanimann, Sereina Rothenberger, Matthias Michel, Sarah Owens