Our Team

The Artists' Publishing team is led by artist and writer Ami Clarke, founder of Banner Repeater, curator of the arts programme and Un-Publish series, joined by experts in Artists' Publishing: Arnaud Desjardin of The Everyday Press, and Marcus Campbell Books and author of The Book on Books on Artists' Books, Gustavo Grandal Montero librarian and researcher at UAL, curator of The Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library - the oldest and one of the largest artists' books collection in the UK, and editor of the Art Libraries Journal, and, curator and digital archivist Dr Karen Di Franco who produced Book Works digital archive, and recently having been awarded her AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Candidate, University of Reading & Tate Britain.

The Technical team is led by digital designer and UX researcher Lozana Rossenova, currently completing her PhD in Digital Archive Design at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, in collaboration with leading digital art organization Rhizome. She brings her UX design and data modeling expertise developed during her PhD research and her professional practice in working with born-digital archives and linked open data (LOD) standards. The technical team is joined by Varia member Julie Boschat Thorez as lead developer on the project. She brings technical expertise from working on archival and conservation projects with leading digital artists and art organizations from the Netherlands, such as LIMA. Joining on development of the frontend interface to the archive is another Varia member, designer and coder Joana Chicau, who collaborates regularly with international practitioners in the fields of art, design and technology. Paulien Hosang has developed the visual design for the archive’s interface, drawing on experience working for non-profit clients at digital agencies both in the UK and the Netherlands.

The Archival team is joined by historian, archivist and writer Frances Whorrall-Campbell (MA) and researcher and web archivist Anisa Hawes. Artist Cicilia Östholm (PhD student, Fine Art/Humanities RCA), co-initiator of equal voices in the room?, is helping the team develop important ways to address bias and inequality through technological intervention, to undermine dominance and hegemonies based on gender binaries and the Western canon. Designer Elena Falomo is also helping develop educational material for the DAAP drawing on her practice rooted in participatory and social design with a focus on digital interfaces. Over the years important contributions have been made to the archival process, by several Banner Repeater volunteers, most recently of whom have done considerable work: Elisabetta Vigorelli, Olivia Middelboe, Ariel Finch, Amelia Claringbull, Louise Rutledge, Charlie Pritchard; and Nína Óskarsdóttir, Maša Škrinjar kindly funded by an Erasmus scheme.

Advisory panel

Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian of the Frick Art Reference Library

Arnaud Desjardin, artist and publisher, The Everyday Press

Sandra Fauconnier, art historian and Wikimedian

Gustavo Grandal Montero, librarian and curator, Chelsea Collections and Archives, Chelsea College of Arts

Mariana Lanari, performance artist and book editor

Taylor Le Melle, artist and writer

Harun Morrison, artist and writer, Trustee of Black Cultural Archive

Isaac Olvera, visual artist and playwright

Lizzy Whirrity, Gallery Manager, Cubitt Gallery

A project by Banner Repeater with the support of Wikimedia UK

Banner Repeater is an artist-led org: experimental project space and reading room with a public Archive of Artists’ Publishing, founded in 2010 by artist Ami Clarke. The project is driven by its location, on Hackney Downs train station, platform 1, dedicated to developing critical art in the natural interstice the platform and incidental footfall of over 11,000 passengers a day provides.

Banner Repeater works with artists to develop new works, through an ambitious exhibition programme installed in a highly visible and accessible project space, with a programme of events, talks, and performances, to introduce discussion and encourage debate of key issues in art today. The reading room holds a permanently sited public Archive of Artists’ Publishing that provides an important bibliographic resource that all visitors to BR can browse, alongside the Digital Archive of Artists’ Publishing - a tool as well as an electronic commons for the exchange of detailed information.

Networked strategies underpin everything that we do, pioneering a hybrid way of working in critically engaged contemporary art practice through the strong symbiosis between the experiments in text and publishing held in the public Archive of Artists’ Publishing on platform 1 Hackney Downs, and artistic practices engaging in networked strategies today.

Banner Repeater is supported by Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, The British Council, Chelsea Arts Club Trust, The Goethe Institut, Transport for London, Arriva Rail, ACoRP, The Community Rail Network, Del Chopo Museum Mexico City, The Italian Institute of Culture, London. BR was initially supported by a grant from the Empty Shop Fund, Arts in Empty Spaces, Hackney Council in 2010.