The Marketplace | Brian Lewis (re-blogged)

Brian Lewis of Longbarrow press looks back on some of his projects and collaborations of 2016 in terms of the idea of “the marketplace” where sharing, gifting and working together takes place.
It was a pleasure to work with Brian on the Shoddy publication, which turned out wonderfully: an attractive design that was clear and uncluttered.
It’s interesting to read Brian’s take on both the publication and the exhibition in this post shared from the Longbarrow blog.

Longbarrow Blog

bank_street_book_fair_nov1609 Independent Publishers Book Fair, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 26 Nov 2016 (Tom Rodgers)

The city-states of ancient Greece had a name for their artistic, political and spiritual centre: the agora, an open, expansive ‘gathering place’, in which the polis would assemble for military duty and listen to consular speeches. Over time, the political function of the agora was moderated by its use as a marketplace, with merchants setting up their stalls between colonnades. The later Greek verbs agorázō (“I shop”) and agoreúō (“I speak in public”) reflect the dual life of the agora as a commercial and civic space, and, perhaps, embody an idea (or ideal) of interdependency. It’s an idea that I’d like to explore, and affirm, while also paying tribute to some of the people and collectives whose inspiration and support has been invaluable to me (and to Longbarrow Press) this year. In England (if not the…

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