Be Our Guest!

A symposium on publishing

In the Auditorium of the Fedlev building

Fred. Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED, Amsterdam

December 8, 2023

15:00 (GMT+1) – late


We are happy to invite you to ‘Be Our Guest! A symposium on publishing’ on the 8th of December at the Fedlev Auditorium together with abC - art book in China, Björn Giesecke, Kristina Stallvik and Ott Metusala. They will hold presentations about their individual and collective publishing practices. The talks will be introduced by byob.


There will be biertjes. We start at 15:00


You can also join the event via online link.


byob invites:   

abC – art book in China is dedicated to promoting local artists’ books and independent publications in China and introducing excellent global publishers and institutions to establish a profound multilateral dialogue. As the most professional exhibition of artist’s books and expo of independent publications, abC Art Book Fair takes place in Beijing and Shanghai respectively. It has been developing a distinct influence in the fields of contemporary art, design, and publishing, welcoming thousands of publishers, media platforms, and visitors around the world.


Björn Giesecke is a designer collaborating with artists, architects, curators, institutions, printers, and friends on books, websites, identities, typefaces, posters, exhibitions, and other works. In September 2023, the studio ran a temporary bookshop focusing on publications which are hard to get, without circulation or representation through a bookshop or gallery, i.e. small print run, no isbns, artist books, good looking books, books with good content.


Kristina Stallvik is an artist and researcher with a dual BA in environmental and gender studies from Swarthmore College (2021). Working at this multidisciplinary intersection, their practice aims to subvert normative understandings of the “natural” and nonhuman ecosystems. As a culmination of their undergraduate studies, Kristina produced two zines: a comprehensive guide to an alternative environmental studies curriculum and an exploration of the emerging field, queer ecology, through speculative fiction. They have previously performed curatorial research for public arts organization, Creative Time, and collaborated on a workshop series with the contemporary art museum, Kunsthall Trondheim. For the whole year 2023 Kristina is a Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with Art Laboratory Berlin as the host institution. They work alongside ALB to research the collective structures that comprise independent artist book and zine publishing in Berlin.


Ott Metusala is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. Mainly working on applied and self-initiated projects, he is currently also a workshop manager at the bookbinding workshop of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Since 2016, together with Lieven Lahaye  publishes as Catalog XYZ.