NOTE: Currently AKV Berlin is in limbo and only run by one person - therefore applications of all sorts unfortunately can not be considered until further notice.

AKV Berlin Publishing House

AKV Berlin was an art book collective run by Anna Szaflarski, Kevin Kemter, Max Stocklosa and Vincent Grunwald from 2008 to 2021. After the dissolution of the core group in April 2021, AKV Berlin continues to exist as a shell that is indefinitely in a reorientation phase which is currently accompanied by Max Stocklosa. All remaining titles will still be available at AKV Berlin as well as from AKV Schulbücher.

AKV Berlin Chronology

In 2006 a publishing house with an official surface was founded. Released publications have included the following themes: Tests concerning the gap between image and text, experimental journalism, visualizations of complex correlations (diagrams), urban semiotics, natural sciences / the order of things, practices of appropriation of space and knowledge, spacial politics, withdrawing from society, ordering and management of pessimism, authorship workarounds, investigative documentations and arguments with archives and biographies.

AKV was and is of the opinion that the role or identity of the author is influential in how text and image are perceived. The publications have been produced by the following: anonymously working authors, author-groups or collective authors and authors who publish under their civil name. The publishing house welcomes experimental author concepts, which will interrogate the potential roles of the originator. Through rearrangements within the author-publisher-structure, undiscovered latitudes and narrations as well as unproven connections between text and image can be generated.

AKV included four representatives who appeared sporadically in public to present recent publications. Programming set out projects beyond publishing and included performative lectures and experimental exhibitions. (We encountered multiple problems involving the exhibition of printed matter.) Presentations were held in private and public contexts and served as a vehicle for debates. AKV was and is independently run and not-for-profit based; all profits feed directly back into current production.

In 2019 AKV Berlin has launched the format AKV Schulbücher which is a series of publications that are published parallel to the regular titles of the former publishing collective. The focus is on discursive texts and educational material that arises primarily from the direct work and production environment of a loose group of friends, colleagues and influences. Visit AKV Schulbücher here.

Berlin 2021.

Design: The Centers Of The World
Programming: possible.is


c/o M.Stocklosa
Ackerstrasse 80
13355 Berlin

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Salon Für Kunstbuch, Vienna
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