Saturday

Reconfigure: Embody the Past-Present-Future

The second day of the conference is dedicated to reconfiguring through modes of expression in magazine making and content.

Saturday Sep 3, 6–8:15pm
Access with free visitor's pass

SICK’s focus on illness, trauma, and disability will empower as well as instruct on how to publish whilst managing illness and question harmful stereotypes and false conceptions. Meantime Magazine will embody Singapore through storytelling and specialty printing techniques. Kajet will update constructions on the past-future-present of Eastern-European identity through publishing. The evening is moderated by Die Brueder Publishing’s Urs Spindler and Indiecon’s conference curator Nina Prader. Steve Watson of the STACK concludes the night with a feel-good talk  on the passions driving independent publishing. 


Publishing Illness

  • Moderator

    Nina Prader, Indiecon Conference Curator

Olivia will discuss the motivation behind creating a publication unique to the experiences of disabled people and the importance of re-framing these stories and challenging misconceptions. Focusing on the changes and adaptations made throughout four issues and a pandemic, Olivia will share insights into the process of indie publishing and managing her own illness alongside this work.

Olivia Spring is the founder and editor of SICK, a magazine by chronically ill and disabled people. She writes about illness, trauma, and disability, with work appearing in It’s Nice That, the Guardian, rekto:verso, and Ache, among others. She lives in Maine with her dog, Black Bean.

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.


How to Build on the Ruins of the Present

  • Moderator

    Nina Prader, Indiecon Conference Curator

The act of remodeling the future has disappeared in the turbulent transformations that took the reins over Eastern Europe, and the possibility of fantasizing about what is to come has been nullified. How do we then deal with the disintegration of dreams and prospects and how do we build on the ruins of the present?

Petre Mogoș & Laura Naum are the editors of Kajet, a journal that seeks to reconfigure Eastern European thought, and The Future of, a magazine of extinct ideas. They also run a bookshop in Bucharest, called Dispozitiv Books, which functions as a publishing program and editorial laboratory. 

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.


Very Mad and Very Fun

  • Moderator

    Urs Spindler, Indiecon co-founder

There are several versions of Singapore, depending on who is telling the story. In movies or news, it is crazy rich, futuristic, or super strict. While these depictions may hold some truth, they are only partial views of the country. It is on the pages of independent magazines like Meantime that one can truly see Singapore through the eyes of its people: a place that is all very mad and very fun. 

Pang is the founder and editor of Meantime, an independent magazine based in Singapore that revisits the country's history via personal stories. A writer and journalist, he enjoys documenting stories about little-known people and places. When he is not writing, he is reading dystopian novels, or taking photographs of strangers on the streets.

Urs Spindler is a co-founder of Indiecon and a partner at Die Brueder Publishing. In his day job he consults on editorial and design projects in the physical and digital sphere. At night he tries to keep up with an ever growing pile of magazines and books to read.


Steven Watson on Passion Projects

Steven Watson performs a feel good talk on the reasons why people make independent magazines. It just so happens that the reasons why people make magazines seems to be the same as the reasons why we love reading them.

Steven Watson runs Stack, the service that searches out the world’s best independent magazines and delivers them to thousands of readers around the world every month. Before starting Stack, he was an editorial director working with organizations including Google, the World Economic Forum, and PlayStation.