About

The Rapid Publisher means: A room full of people, drinks all night long, your brain meets the copy machine, creates publications with your hands!Every few seconds the photocopier spits out your graphic, your text and dripping sweat. Nico Bergmann and Torben Röse pick up, staple together, give your ideas a form. One shape, one zine, in five-minute intervals, the work of God or utter rubbish. Both are good!

The Rapid Publisher was launched in 2016 by Torben Ršöse and Nico Bergmann, two artists with many years of activities in the fields of art books / zine culture. This project is not only a publication, but a participatory event at the interface of performance, installation, DIY publishing, copy art and art books.

Every visitor of the event is encouraged to create one or more works, which will then be photocopied and incorporated into zines. Inclusion and participation in an informal atmosphere are vital components of the project and just as important as the resulting publications. In the center of the action the third team member – Minolta EP2010, an analog copy machine – is used, in addition to its function as a reproduction machine, as a performative instrument and creative tool.

The participatory publishing events are the heart of the project, at the same time The Rapid Publisher also engages in various other artistic fields and is more than open to collaborations.

Previous editions

The Rapid Publisher #19
documenta fifteen‘s ruruHaus, Kassel
KW35
04.09.2021

The Rapid Publisher #18
Alte Feuerwache, Cologne
Mekasuba Festival
20.06.2021

The Rapid Publisher #17
Livestream, Worldwide in collaboration with M.F.F. Museum für Fotokopie, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr
International Museum Day
16.05.2021

The Rapid Publisher #16
Livestream, Worldwide in collaboration with Fruit Exhibition, Bologna (IT)
Virtual Fruit: Corona Quarantine Edition II
02.05.2020

The Rapid Publisher #15
Livestream, Worldwide
Corona Quarantine Edition
21.03.2020

The Rapid Publisher #14
://aboutblank, Berlin
Staub
24.08.2019

The Rapid Publisher #13
Marché des Douves, Bordeaux (FR)
Disparate Zinefest #6
06.07.2019

The Rapid Publisher #12
Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne
The Rapid Publisher: COPY IT!
13.04.2019

The Rapid Publisher #11
KunstWerk Köln, Cologne
Museumsnacht Köln
03.11.2018

The Rapid Publisher #10
Hambi Camp, Manheim
Guerilla-Photocopy-Action
13.10.2018

The Rapid Publisher #9
AZ Mülheim, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr
dESTRUKTIVA XI
25.08.2018

The Rapid Publisher #8
Galerie der Hochschule für Künste, Bremen
Bremer Zine Festival
26.05.2018

The Rapid Publisher #7
Zinedepo / Motel Spatie, Arnhem (NL)
Parasitic Zine Event With The Rapid Publisher & Parasites
12.05.2018

The Rapid Publisher #6
NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf
A Slice of Heaven – An Ode to Pizza
14.04.2018

The Rapid Publisher #5
Onomatopee, Eindhoven (NL)
Makeazinescene! – The Rapid Publisher in Eindhoven
24.02.2018

The Rapid Publisher #4
Super TOKONOMA, Kassel
Zineaction – The Rapid Publisher (as part of the documenta 14 Off-Program)
12.08.2017

The Rapid Publisher #3
Ebertplatz, Köln
Ebertplatz Sommerfest (hosted by the exhibition spaces Tiefgarage, Bruch & Dallas, Gold + Beton, Labor)
22.07.2017

The Rapid Publisher #2
postPost – Grand Central (Alte Paketpost), Düsseldorf
Graffithek, JPEG Crew Book Release & The Rapid Publisher
16.12.2016

The Rapid Publisher #1
KunstWerk Köln, Cologne
Museumsnacht Köln
29.10.2016

Further publications

Ananke
The Rapid Publisher x Disparate
Project Diversion carried out within the framework of Zinefest #7 by invitation from Disparate, Bordeaux (FR)
2020

Exhibitions

Träumen Kopiermaschinen von elektrischen Evastöchtern?
Unser Ebertplatz, Cologne
16.03.2021 – 26.03.2021

Co-books & Co – Rod Summers + Jürgen O. Olbrich & Collaborateure
Kunsttempel, Kassel
24.05.2019 – 30.06.2019

COPY IT!
Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne
05.04.2019 – 14.07.2019

PUSH AND GO – vom spielerischen Umgang mit der Kopiermaschine
Shiny Toys Festival
Makroscope, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr
29.11.2018 – 16.12.2019

#beeldenpark_presikhaaf! – Interventions in the outdoor area of ​​Presikhaaf. A retrospective. 1965-2019
Motel Spatie, Arnhem (NL)
16.11.2018 – 25.01.2019

Fast, Cheap & Easy – The Copy Art Revolution
CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY (USA)
14.09.2018 – 15.12.2018

Scholarships

Neustart Kultur
Stiftung Kunstfonds
2020/2021