Fahrenheit 39 is a festival that explores the book as object rather than a means to express content, as a place where the wills of intrepid artists, writers, authors and independent publishers meet. In addition, it approaches to other artistic and publishing practices, making up an independent publishing fair with lectures and workshops.
SHS Publishing, publishing house with offices in Barcelona and Berlin combined with the Cultural Association Strativari, organizers of the original edition, will present an exhibition of 120 books selected by the commissioner Emilio Macchia (Jan van Eyck Academie – Maastricht).
Created in Ravenna (IT), its name comes from its origin: +39 is the international dialing code for Italy. Fahrenheit 39 is showcased for the first time in Barcelona. The selection contains small editions and unique pieces, mapping the current state and future direction of Italian publishing design.
In addition, SHS Publishing will feature several titles of its clever catalogue. Founded by the Italians Luca Bendandi and Matteo Cossu, the publishing house operates as a network of creatives scattered in cities such as Toronto, New York, Rotterdam, Milan, Barcelona and Berlin. Its authors will also showcase their works on a wall /infographics with intellectual and spacial connections.
The topics covered in Fahrenheit 39, go from design to typography, fashion, architecture, or more technical and skilling issues as silk screen printing or fixed gear bikes. During the four days of the festival, conferences will be complemented by other events: live music, workshops, video performance, talks. There will be as well an unexpected activity: a workshop of graphic destruction of books.
Fahrenheit 39 is a unique event for anyone interested in understanding the future of paper books after the emergence of electronic publishing. Since its first edition in Barcelona, the festival aims to be a source of inspiration for artists, photographers, fashion designers, illustrators, designers, students and all those captivated by the creative restlessness.
The festival will be held at Mutuo – Centro de Arte, C / Julia Portet 5.Barcelona. From 20 to 23 of April.
SHS Publishing’s website
Translation: Violeta Morelli.