theretherenow. by its very definition is a publishing project.
theretherenow. adheres to the following definition of publishing: the activity of making information available to the general public.
theretherenow. contends that publishing so defined is central to the role of creative activity.
theretherenow. by its very definition is a collaborative project.
theretherenow. adheres to the following definition of collaborative: targeted effort jointly pursued by two or more parties.
theretherenow. posits that creative activity is inherently dialogical and is thus rooted in a ‘poetry of relations’(3).
theretherenow. by its very definition is an experimental project.
theretherenow. adheres to the following definition of the experiment: activity which, unlike testing, targets un-founded outcomes.
theretherenow. contends that creative activity necessitates a production model which is appropriately untethered from predictable outcomes.
theretherenow. by its very definition is a peripheral project.
theretherenow. adheres to the following definition of peripheral: that which is situated at the edges or boundaries.
theretherenow. accepts the claim that movements at the periphery are less restricted.
theretherenow. posits that current the academic landscape increasingly identifies and solidifies disciplinary edges.
theretherenow. contends that what is peripheral to one discipline is often peripheral to others: edges both overlap and intersect.
theretherenow. contends that to enjoy freedom, creative activity should focus its attention at these intersections.
theretherenow. by its very definition is aimed at the contemporary.
theretherenow. adheres to the following definition of the contemporary: that which peers into the obscurity of the present time.
theretherenow. contends that the conditions of the present are least visible where peripheries overlap. (Peripheral)
theretherenow. contends that the contemporary will be illuminated through dialogue. (Collaboration)
theretherenow. contends that the contemporary will be illuminated through open-ended methods. (Experimentation)
theretherenow. contends that rumination on contemporary should be aimed at a present public. (Publishing).
theretherenow. explores the tension between the a-locality of the internet and hyper-locality of the object.
theretherenow. applies the ease of communication over great distances afforded by our contemporary media landscape to amplify or disrupt the local.
therethernow. uses the hyper-locality of live events on the periphery to confront the hierarchy of the centrist nature of institutions/channels.
theretherenow. instigates dialogues within areas of peripheral overlap: where multiple disciplinary methods, structures, approaches, and ideologies meet.
theretherenow. generates content through collaborative experimentation pointed at these intersections.
theretherenow. publishes in the following ways: distribution and dissemination of printed matter; organization of public events; documentation of efforts posted to the web.
The RISO printer is our campfire. It is the warmth around which we huddle. The RISO is peripheral by nature: institutional by design but co-oped by artists for creative possibilities. The RISO is hybrid by nature: an absurdly analog method of digital reproduction. The RISO is experimental by nature: it resists the service to the content inherent to the ‘publishing’ concept. The RISO is experimental by nature: it is a method of production that lacks a disciplinary frame.
Giorgio Agamben — What is the Contemporary?
Siegfried Zielinski — [ … After the Media]
Amaranth Borsuk — The Book // the book as an interface
theretherenow. is a risograph atelier housed in the SCHOOL OF VISUAL STUDIES at the University of Missouri and was founded in 2016 by artist/publisher Travis Shaffer. We run a pair of RISO MZ790's and currently print in Black, Midnight, Mahogany, PIne, Blue, Scarlet, Aqua, Fluorescent Pink, Coral, Mint, Metallic Gold, Yellow, Bisque, Mist, and White ink.