Officin is a combined publishing house, exhibition space and workshop

Officin
Vesterbrogade 75
1620 Cph—V, Denmark
info(at)officin(dot)com,
+45 6060 0344
Open Tuesday–Friday: 11–17 Saturday: 11–14
Officin
is a combined
publishing house
, exhibition space and
workshop
.

Officin
Vesterbrogade 75
1620 Cph—V, Denmark
info(at)officin(dot)com,
+45 6060 0344
Open Tuesday–Friday: 11–17 Saturday: 11–14

The books produced and published by Officin are available for direct purchase. For additional questions, please write: louise(at)officin(dot)com

Jaanus Samma: Toilet Posters
1. edition 2016
Graphic design: Jaanus Samma
Language: English
Print: Riso
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken pure 80 gr.
Edition: 50 copies
Softcover | 7 double sided posters | 42 x 60 cm |
Price: 150 kr.

Nanna Debois Buhl: Botanizing on the Asphalt
Botanizing the Asphalt is a limited edition artists’ book by Nanna Debois Buhl designed and published by Officin. The hand bound book reproduces 60 full page cyanotypes – an early camera-less photographic technique – in which discarded objects take on an ethereal, almost ghostly appearance. The objects have been collected on walks in Long Island City, Copenhagen, and Riga. A shoe, a coffee cup, a feather, a leaf.

The project takes an outset in Walter Benjamin’s description of the urban wanderer as one “who goes botanizing on the asphalt” and the work of the 19th century British botanist and photographer Anna Atkins who catalogued British algae in her publication Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Weaving together Benjamin’s notion, Atkins’ method and traces from urban space, Botanizing on the Asphalt captures a moment in time before the discarded objects are again scattered, whirling into new directions. In the book’s letter exchange between Nanna Debois Buhl and art historian Jen Kennedy they consider the life of objects, the porousness of the skin, and the meaning of mapping a city through trash by use of cyanotype. The project has been shown as installations at SculptureCenter in New York, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, and Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga.

1. edition 2015

Text: Nanna Debois Buhl & Jen Kennedy
Graphic design: Louise Hold Sidenius
Language: English
Print: Offset
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken Print White 18
Edition: 325 copies
Hardcover | 128 pp | 31 x 22 cm |
Price: 350 kr.

Søren Andreasen & Lars Bang Larsen:
The Critical Mass of Mediation
Expanded version of the sold-out original from 2012, with a new introduction, additional text pieces and found imagery.

Today mediation is a cultural given: an environment, a rhythm, a force. It is a modality for easy exchange, with no apparent beginnings or ultimate reason. In this realm of the possible, means and ends get mixed up, while absolutes can only be approached timidly.

Publisher: Internationalistisk Ideale
Graphic Design: Louise Hold Sidenius
Language: English
Print: Specialtrykkeriet
Edition: 400 copies
Hardcover | 134 pp | 18 x 11 cm |
Price: 80 kr.

Lea Porsager: Cut-Splice Supercluster
1. edition 2014
Text: Lea Porsager and Synnøve B. Brøgger
Graphic design: Louise Hold Sidenius and Lea Porsager
Language: English
Print: Riso
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken Print White 18
Edition: 300 copies
Hardcover | 28 pp | 16 x 23 cm |
Price: 150 kr.

Lars Bang Larsen and Yann Blanc Chateigné: Magma
Published for the exhibition Reflections from Damaged Life. An exhibition on psychedelia at Rawen Row, London 26 September to 15 December 2013

1. edition 2013

Graphic design: Louise Hold Sidenius
Language: English
Print: Officin, riso V8000
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken Print White 18
Edition: 100 copies
Softcover | 40 pp | 28 x 22 cm |

Unica Zürn: Heksetekster
The small, square publication Hexentexte originally published in Berlin in 1954 is an enigmatic artist book that combines word and image. Hexentexte contains ten drawings and ten anagram poems and reveals a mysterious, mythical universe with ghosts, witches, hands of stone and Indian moose. The publication is an important cultural document of surrealism of the 1950s, but also points to contemporary art disciplines such as conceptual poetry and the book as an art object.

The German anagramist, artist and writer Unica Zürn (1916 – 1970) is an important, yet overlooked voice in the surrealist circles of post-war Europe. She lived in the periphery of artist circles in Berlin and Paris, on the outskirts of different discourses; late Surrealism, Tachisme and “l'Art Autre”, the psychiatric discourse and art therapy. Zürn considered herself a surrealist.

Officin publishes a translation of Hexentexte into Danish by Kirstine Reffstrup. The publication contains an afterword by Hans Bellmer, who reflects on the anagram as an artistic method. Furthermore Kirstine Reffstrup has contributed with a text on Unica Zürn.

1. edition 2013

Language: Danish
Print: Vingaards Officin
Bookbinding: Vingaards Officin
Edition: 150 copies
Hardcover | 28 pp | 19.5 x 19.5 cm |
Price: 150 kr.
We are one of the few open access print workshops in Copenhagen with spacious facilities including a screenprint area equipped with a screen bed, a letterpress/relief print area with a Korrex proof press and an area with 4 risographs. For inquiries about using the print fascilities please write: louise(at)officin(dot)com

Die-Stamping

Letterpress

Screen Printing

Riso

Foil Stamping

Section-sewn binding




Die stamping is a sensual, tactile process that elaborates detail with precision which no other printing process can produce. All die stamping and engraved printing is based on a copper plate or steel die.




Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type into the "bed" or "chase" of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.




Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed.




Risograph is a high-speed digital printing system, designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing. The underlying technology is very similar to a mimeograph or Screen Printing.




In the process known as hot foil stamping, foil stamping machines uses heat to transfer metallic foil to a solid surface. Examples of items that are foil stamped include annual reports, pocket folders, product packaging, note cards/thank you cards, business cards, envelopes and letterhead.




Section-sewn binding is the strongest style of binding, most commonly used for products that need to endure lots of wear and tear, such as reference and textbooks, or children’s picture books.

The focal point of Officin is the printed media; to explore and experiment with materials, methods of printing and bookbinding. The purpose of Officin is not to reach as quickly as possible from thought to print, but to see the time between the two as a field of possibilities for a study of how the material; work, text, thoughts, best be translated and studied in printed form. At Officin we sell notebooks, prints, artists' publications and an exclusive selection of fine paper in various sizes, colors, textures and weights.

Officin is founded and run by Louise Hold Sidenius
Photography by Marianne Vierø
This website is sponsored by the
Danish Arts Council and
Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond

Officin
Vesterbrogade 75 1620
Copenhagen V, Denmark
info(at)officin(dot)com,
+45 6060 0344
Open
Tuesday–Friday: 11–17
Saturday: 11–14


Officin & Ursula Reuter Christiansen: Skarpretteren
One Thousand Books,

Kunsthal Charlottenborg



One Thousand Books is an experimental art book festival in Copenhagen celebrating the dynamic and rapidly growing independent publishing scene to the Danish and international public.

The theme of the festival this year is ‘art(ists’) books and exhibition making’. The relationship between books and exhibitions is often either that of the catalogue or books statically displayed out of reach and behind glass. However, there must be a more engaging, democratic and ultimately more deserving manner to exhibit a book work. What if we get rid of the glass vitrines and expand the book as an installation in an art space setting? This is the question around which One Thousand Books 2016 revolves.

The core of One Thousand Books 2016 is the exhibition “Manifolds” at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. “Manifolds” is a group show with over 30 participating artists, invited by 13 publishers who, for this exhibition also function as curators.

For the exhibition Officin has collaborated with Ursula Reuter Christiansen and made a new version of the book Skarpretteren from 1986, and a series of silkscreened posters that Ursula Reuter Christiansen has reworked with collages and paint.


Officin & Ursula Reuter Christiansen: Skarpretteren
l. Scene

Det er forsommer, tidlig morgen, solen er netop stået op, let tåge over græsplænen med det store valnøddetræ. I baggrunden af billedet, en lang hvidkalket bindingsværkbygning. Til venstre for huset, høje elmetrær, derunder tuja, cypresser og enebærbuske, bag dem jasmin og vildt voksende rosenbuske. Kameraet holder dette billede roligt, fast.

(klip)

En figur, klædt i en rød kappe, står på græsplænen og ser mod huset. Efter en stund vender den sig og ser ind i kameraet. Man ser ansigtet af en gammel tandløs mand, med venlige dybtliggende øjne. Det er skarpretteren. Langsomt bevæger han sig hen imod kameraet og går ud af billedet.
Jaanus Samma: Toilet Posters
1. edition 2016
Graphic design: Jaanus Samma
Language: English
Print: riso
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken pure 80 gr.
Edition: 50 copies
Softcover | 7 double sided posters | 42 x 60 cm |
Price: 150 kr.
Artists’ Books, Growing Wildly
We are delighted to kick off our 2016 programme with the exhibition Artists’ Books, Growing Wildly. The exhibition is a physical exploration of the book as body, the body in the book, and the tactile, psychological and intimate aspects of the book.

There are three tracks to the exhibition: an archive of artists’ books, an exhibition with eight contemporary artists, and a printing office run by Officin, where new books will be made during the run of the exhibition. These three tracks intersect to bring together the historical and static aspects of artists’ books, contemporary artists’ work with books, and the actual process of making books.

The eight, invited artists are Lea Porsager, Ola Vasiljeva, Rolf Nowotny, Anni’s & Mette Winckelmann, Absalon Kirkeby, Marianne Vierø and Jaanus Samma, all of who have the medium of print and the book as part of their artistic repertoire. For the exhibition they have all been invited to create a spatial, sensory reading of one of the books from the archive – or to relate to the archive and the book as a medium in a broader context. Their artistic approaches range widely from the strictly conceptual to the psychological and deeply intimate aspects of the book, but what they have in common is that each of them has created an entirely new work for the exhibition that relates to printed matter.
Nanna Debois Buhl: Botanizing on the Asphalt
Botanizing the Asphalt is a limited edition artists’ book by Nanna Debois Buhl designed and published by Officin. The hand bound book reproduces 60 full page cyanotypes – an early camera-less photographic technique – in which discarded objects take on an ethereal, almost ghostly appearance. The objects have been collected on walks in Long Island City, Copenhagen, and Riga. A shoe, a coffee cup, a feather, a leaf.

The project takes an outset in Walter Benjamin’s description of the urban wanderer as one “who goes botanizing on the asphalt” and the work of the 19th century British botanist and photographer Anna Atkins who catalogued British algae in her publication Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Weaving together Benjamin’s notion, Atkins’ method and traces from urban space, Botanizing on the Asphalt captures a moment in time before the discarded objects are again scattered, whirling into new directions. In the book’s letter exchange between Nanna Debois Buhl and art historian Jen Kennedy they consider the life of objects, the porousness of the skin, and the meaning of mapping a city through trash by use of cyanotype. The project has been shown as installations at SculptureCenter in New York, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, and Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga.

1. edition 2015

Text: Nanna Debois Buhl & Jen Kennedy
Graphic design: Louise Hold Sidenius
Language: English
Print: Offset
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken Print White 18
Edition: 325 copies
Hardcover | 128 pp | 31 x 22 cm |
Price: 350 kr.
The Day of the Peacock
The starting points of this installation is a series of silkscreened drapes and posters inspired by the pantomime theatre in Tivoli, the peacock revolution in London in 1966 and Jean-Antoine Watteau’s painting ‘L’indifférent’ from 1717. The artists’s interest lies the male figure that connect the three things by the way he dresses up and acts. The book that is part of the installation describes the cast, costumes, movements... We can note that some of the posters are made out of paper from peacock feathers, reflecting on this very peculiar historical moment of the 1960’s Swinging London.
Dan Solbach, Jason Loebs: 'City of Echo'
The exhibition ‘City of Echo’ by graphic designer Dan Solbach and visual artist Jason Loebs is a continuation of their collaborative making of the catalogue for the exhibition ‘Title Stack Sink Release’ at Kunsthalle Friburg. For their exhibibition at Officin, Solbach and Loebs will bring back the catalogue into the exhibition space.
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2014, in Copenhagen
Thank you all for coming by friday evening for the opening of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2014. The exhibition is open until November 8. Tuesday– Friday 11–17, Saturday and Sunday 13–17.
Søren Andreasen & Lars Bang Larsen:
The Critical Mass of Mediation
Expanded version of the sold-out original from 2012, with a new introduction, additional text pieces and found imagery.

Today mediation is a cultural given: an environment, a rhythm, a force. It is a modality for easy exchange, with no apparent beginnings or ultimate reason. In this realm of the possible, means and ends get mixed up, while absolutes can only be approached timidly.

Publisher: Internationalistisk Ideale
Graphic Design: Louise Hold Sidenius
Language: English
Print: Specialtrykkeriet
Edition: 400 copies
Hardcover | 134 pp | 18 x 11 cm |
Price: 80 kr.
Teadus ja tanäpäev
The 16th Tallinn Print Triennial
Literacy – Illiteracy
KUMU

In 1979, the Academy of Sciences of the Estonian S.S.R. took the initiative to publish an anthology called Teadus ja tänapäev (Science and Today). It was designed and illustrated by the Estonian artist Tõnis Vint. In the catalogue for Vints retrospective at the Kumu Art Museum in 2012, curator Eha Komissarov writes that with Teadus ja tänapäev, “Tõnis Vint had the opportunity to realise the results of his decades-long exploratory monitoring of the intersection of cultures. The structure of the book, which included representatives from all scientific fields, created a genuine cross-cultural polygon.” In other words, when designing the book Vint went beyond the role of designer and included image material from his own collection, thus in a sense “couping” the book. And it is this take – the coup – that provides Sidenius with the point of departure for her project at the Tallinn Print Triennial.

For the Triennial Sidenius has reprinted 100 copies of Teadus ja tänapäev, but left out all the original text material. One book will be bound as is while the pages of the remaining 99 books will be left unbound and constitute the working material for Sidenius’ on-going examination of the original images. Mimicking Vint’s coup, Sidenius will add new image and text material to Vint’s original selection of illustrations and print them on the pages of the 99 unbound books over the course of the exhibition period. Thus, upon the conclusion of the Triennial, a new book will have have emerged; one that visually reflects the passage of time since the initial launch of Teadus ja tänapäev in 1979 – with all the technical, political and cultural changes that this implies.
Lea Porsager: Cut-Splice Supercluster
1. edition 2014
Text: Lea Porsager and Synnøve B. Brøgger
Graphic design: Louise Hold Sidenius and Lea Porsager
Language: English
Print: Riso
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken Print White 18
Edition: 300 copies
Hardcover | 28 pp | 16 x 23 cm |
Price: 150 kr.
Danske Kunstnerbøger
Together with Marianne Vierø, Louise Hold Sidenius founder of Officin, just won a Silver Medal for the visual concept and design of the book “Danish Artists‘ Books / Danske Kunstnerbøger” in Stiftung Buchkunsts competition “Best Book Design from all over the World” The book is edited by Thomas Hvid Kromann, Maria Kjær Themsen, Louise Hold Sidenius and Marianne Vierø and published by Møller and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Lars Bang Larsen and Yann Blanc Chateigné: Magma
Published for the exhibition Reflections from Damaged Life. An exhibition on psychedelia at Rawen Row, London 26 September to 15 December 2013

1. edition 2013

Graphic design: Louise Hold Sidenius
Language: English
Print: Officin, riso V8000
Bookbinding: Officin
Paper: Munken Print White 18
Edition: 100 copies
Softcover | 40 pp | 28 x 22 cm |
Unica Zürn: Heksetekster
The small, square publication Hexentexte originally published in Berlin in 1954 is an enigmatic artist book that combines word and image. Hexentexte contains ten drawings and ten anagram poems and reveals a mysterious, mythical universe with ghosts, witches, hands of stone and Indian moose. The publication is an important cultural document of surrealism of the 1950s, but also points to contemporary art disciplines such as conceptual poetry and the book as an art object.

The German anagramist, artist and writer Unica Zürn (1916 – 1970) is an important, yet overlooked voice in the surrealist circles of post-war Europe. She lived in the periphery of artist circles in Berlin and Paris, on the outskirts of different discourses; late Surrealism, Tachisme and “l'Art Autre”, the psychiatric discourse and art therapy. Zürn considered herself a surrealist.

Officin publishes a translation of Hexentexte into Danish by Kirstine Reffstrup. The publication contains an afterword by Hans Bellmer, who reflects on the anagram as an artistic method. Furthermore Kirstine Reffstrup has contributed with a text on Unica Zürn.

1. edition 2013

Language: Danish
Print: Vingaards Officin
Bookbinding: Vingaards Officin
Edition: 150 copies
Hardcover | 28 pp | 19.5 x 19.5 cm |
Price: 150 kr.