Festival The Other Book is a unique celebration of the art book in all its facets. It is the first biennial event in The Hague (NL) that combines an art book fair and zinefest with exhibitions, workshops, talks, presentations, demonstrations, films, and performances at various locations. Each edition focuses on a different kind of ‘other book’. The first edition of The Other Book (29 November 2019 – 1 December 2019) is devoted entirely to
the Riso revolution: art books produced with Risograph and Mimeograph stencil duplicators.
The Other Book is a non-profit initiative, free and open to the public. The festival aims to increase the visibility of art books and artist publications: books that are self- or independently published using graphic techniques. It sets itself apart from other book festivals by embracing the art book as a democratic work of art and exploring contemporary publishing as an artistic practice. Over the course of three days, The Other Book provides a platform for artists, publishers, print rooms, collectives, art libraries, collectors and book enthusiasts. By partnering with local artists and initiatives, and providing a stage for both local and (inter)national artists, The Other Book serves as a place of exchange. The extensive programme explores artistic practices, conceptual publications and the seemingly endless possibilities of the art book.
The Risograph is a digital stencil duplicator that produces attractive prints with intense colours. Introduced in the late eighties, the technique was originally intended for quick and efficient printing for schools, churches and small businesses. It was the successor of mimeographs such as the Gestetner, low-cost stencil duplicators that produce prints by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper. Today, the Risograph has been embraced by artists, graphic designers and publishers as a sustainable, versatile and cheap printing method. The Risograph machine looks a bit like a photocopier, but the process is similar to screen printing. Each colour is printed separately with ink that tends to leak colour, causing small imperfections and irregularities in multicolour prints. Art book makers love stencil duplicators precisely for their tactile quality and unpredictable nature.