Friday

Reinvent: Design, Explore, Cool Off 

The first day of the conference focuses on reinvention through design, travel, and leisure.

Friday Sep 2, 6–9pm
Access with free visitor's pass

Creative director and graphics designer Remeike Forbes (USA) will talk about the redesigns and transformations both visually and structurally of Jacobin magazine, in conversation with Maria Inés Plaza Lazo, co-founder, publisher, and editor of the street journal Arts of the Working Class.

Followed by an introduction to the international travel grant recipients, Journal Safar sets the stage by redefining narratives in visual culture. ìrìn Journal will shed light on the publishing journey behind creating an independent travel magazine in Lagos, Nigeria. Finally, we will cool down with Hamam’s view into the making of a magazine on transnational bathing cultures. Writer, poet, and Head of Campus of Factory Hammerbrooklyn, Lubi Barre, and Indiecon’s conference curator Nina Prader moderate the evening.


Keynote: Redesigning Jacobin

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    Maria Inés Plaza Lazo, Arts of the Working Class

Since its inception in 2010 Jacobin magazine has undergone several transformations not only in its visual design but also in its content and structure, each informed by both internal motivations as well as external social and political conditions. In this talk, we will journey through these different iterations from the first cover art in the wake of Occupy to the latest major redesign.

Remeike Forbes is a graphic designer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the current publisher and long-time creative director of Jacobin, a quarterly political magazine and flagship of the socialist left in the United States. He joined Jacobin in 2011, just a year after its inaugural issue, and has since helped shepherd its growth to a readership of over 65,000 subscribers.

María likes to develop curatorial and communication strategies for others, both individuals and institutions. She grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and lives and works between the streets of Berlin and the world. She was trained as an art historian at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the Elite Network of Bavaria’s interdisciplinary program Historical Art and Image Discourses. Together with Paul Sochacki, she founded the street journal on poverty and wealth, art and society, Arts of the Working Class, which they edit and publish with Alina Kolar.


Power Struggles in Visual Culture

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    Lubi Barre, Head of Campus of Factory Hammerbrooklyn

Art historians have paid scant attention to Arab printed matter and graphic design. American and European design history and thinking have definitely shaped our understanding of the field of design; we see this vividly in academia. A more accurate term for this is colonialism (and not globalization). It starts with language and extends to all fields of cultural production, from fashion to architecture and of course design.

Maya Moumne is a graphic designer by trade, based between Beirut and Montreal. She is the co-founder of Studio Safar, Journal Safar, and Al Hayya Magazine, of which she is also the editor-in-chief. She once read that Homo sapiens is the only species in all of nature that responds with hate to homosexuality. 

Lubi Barre (Hamburg/Berlin), born 1982 in Paris, France, is a writer of poetry and short stories. She published her story "Goodbye" in 2016 in the anthology "My Old Man" at Cannongate and in August 2020 in the German language collection "Here and There" at Punktum Verlag. She is the co-organizer of the independent reading series AHAB and a member of the Residency Writers Room. From 2017-2020 she was co-organizer and co-moderator of the reading series Hafenlesung as well as the 2020 and 2021 literary curator of the Fluctoplasma festival in Hamburg. Currently, she is the Head of Campus of Factory Hammerbrooklyn in Hamburg. 


A Publishing Journey

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    Lubi Barre, Head of Campus of Factory Hammerbrooklyn

Ever wondered how a Geologist wandered into publishing? Well, curiosity and passion coupled with sleepless nights and the support of a creative team made it possible. In this talk, Mimi shares her publishing journey, the lessons learned, and the vision behind ìrìn. 

Ayomide "Mimi" Aborowa is the Founder & Creative Director of ìrìn journal - An African travel + culture publication. A content strategist and cultural entrepreneur, Mimi is passionate about documenting African culture & building a community of narrative change-makers across the continent and its diaspora.

Lubi Barre (Hamburg/Berlin), born 1982 in Paris, France, is a writer of poetry and short stories. She published her story "Goodbye" in 2016 in the anthology "My Old Man" at Cannongate and in August 2020 in the German language collection "Here and There" at Punktum Verlag. She is the co-organizer of the independent reading series AHAB and a member of the Residency Writers Room. From 2017-2020 she was co-organizer and co-moderator of the reading series Hafenlesung as well as the 2020 and 2021 literary curator of the Fluctoplasma festival in Hamburg. Currently, she is the Head of Campus of Factory Hammerbrooklyn in Hamburg. 


Living the Wet Life

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    Nina Prader, Indiecon Conference Curator

Conceived in a public bathhouse, Hamam Magazine encourages readers to let go and live "the wet life". Our first issue was a Kickstarter “Project We Love” and while communal bathing was paused during the pandemic, we kept the spirit alive publishing five issues since 2020. Produced between New Mexico and Turkey, Hamam has always been a long-distance affair. We are fueled by the desire to give our content a comfortable home, and since we've got a lot to say, we'll never sacrifice that opportunity for advertising.

Okay Karadayılar is a graphic designer and art director from Istanbul, Türkiye. He spends his working life within contemporary art and indie publishing. Among others, he has worked with Istanbul Biennale, Lars Müller Publishers, Sharjah Biennale, Arter, and Salt. He co-founded independent publishing company Onagöre; left in 2020.  He continues to work independently.

Nina Prader is an artist, writer, curator, librarian between Vienna and Berlin. Born in Washington D.C., USA (1990), she studied at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston (TUFTS University) and at the Slade in London (UCL). She received her MA in Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. Her work focuses on Printed Matter and independent publishing practices in relation to social justice questions, centering community, education, and art. She seeks to question, activate, and re-envision cultural narratives.