Typographical Labor, Printing and Property

6:30 PM at UIC (University of Illinois - Chicago)

In the early 1970s the Detroit Printing Co-op was open to anyone who was willing to learn to operate typesetting and offset printing machinery. The first English translation of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle was printed there. In this talk, Aubert will present recent projects and discuss the relevance of cooperative printing in Detroit in the 1970s.


Excavations I & II at Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade

6 pm

Narcisa Vukojevic and Lana will give a talk at the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, Serbia. They will present their project Excavations I & II: Judge A Book By Its Cover and Logos of Production, Production of Logos Excavations as part of the exhibition “Design for a New World”, which explores the role of graphic design in the Yugoslav state. The exhibition will be up until May 29, 2016.

10/29/15 -10/30/15
Marking the Dispossessed at Concordia University, Montreal

Danielle was at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery at Concordia University in Montreal for a presentation on Marking the Dispossessed and a two-day durational, drop-in group reading of The Dispossessed.


Group Reading at the Detroit Art Book Fair

Group reading from The Dispossessed at the Detroit Art Book Fair. Thanks to stephen dewyer for the photos!


Center for Abandoned Letterhead at Read Image See Text

The Center for Abandoned Letterhead book was selected from Maia Asshaq's excellent collection of books at Ditto Ditto to be a part of the "reading room" at an exhibition of artist's books at Cranbrook. It looks like it will be a good show! See Image, Read Text was curated by Laura Mott.

Marking the Dispossessed at New York Art Book Fair

Presentation of Marking the Dispossessed at The Classroom, New York Art Book Fair 2015, with a performance by Mobius Percussion.


6/17/15 -6/30/15
Marking the Dispossessed at I Never Read (Basel)

Marking the Dispossessed, will be published by Passenger Books (Toronto/Berlin) in Fall 2015. A preview copy of the book will be on view with Corinn Gerber at the Passenger Books table I Never Read in Basel, June 17-20, and Miss Read in Berlin, June 26-28.


2/25/15 -3/3/15
Tracing Waste

The exhibition Tracing Waste accompanied the symposium Producing Waste / Producing Space at the Princeton School of Architecture. A collection of waste paper from Detroit was presented alongside the Paper Rehabilitation Project blank books and an interview that was conducted with the owner of Downtown Paper, in Detroit.


Dispossessed Group Reading Art Metropole

A group reading of Chapter 3 of The Dispossessed took place at Art Metropole in Toronto, as part of an ongoing project Danielle has been working on to make a "used audio book" from 100 used copies of Ursula K. Leguin's 1974 sci-fi novel. Thank you to Corinn Gerber for hosting at Art Metropole, and to Cheyanne Turions for being the primary reader, and to all the readers — Deanna Di Lello, David Cheater, Peter Fitting and Danielle St. Amur.


Architecture Inside Out, University of Toronto

Danielle participated in a panel on architecture and domesticity, with author/graphic novelist Richard McGuire, Daniels School of Architecture Dean Richard Richard Sommer, and Professor Robert Levit.


6/19/14 -10/26/14
Judge A Book By Its Cover at Brno Biennale

Judge a Book By Its Cover was exhibited at the OFF Program of the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design.


10/29/12 -10/31/12
Salon Light

Placement and I.T.U. at Salon Light #9 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris! Curated by Sylvie Boulanger and Charlotte Cheetham.

Placement table at Salon Light.

Judge a Book by its Cover at Sofia Design Week

Lana was a guest curator for Sofia Design Week 2012. Together with Svetlana Mircheva and Adriana Dimitrova, she participated in creating festival's program and moderated talks. I.T.U.'s project Judge a Book by its Cover was exhibited at the festival.


Filip#18 Slide Show on ITU

International Typographical Union was included as part of Filip #18 Slide Shows, a project curated by Charlotte Cheetham. Videos are made by "artists, designers, booksellers and others working in the contemporary field of independent publishing." In it we describe our practice, interests and working methods a bit.




Natasha and Danielle will collaborate to teach a course called Streetscapes to students in New York and Detroit at Parsons the New School and Wayne State University. The course will focus on representing streets and street life in these two cities, and look at the differences between streets occupied by pedestrians and motorists. The final result will be a collaborative publication.


Thanks to Neil Printz for taking this photo at the Barcelona Pavilion — we are so excited that Lafayette Park is represented there!



Marking the Dispossessed has arrived from the printer! Danielle will present with Mobius Percussion at the New York Art Book Fair on Friday, September 18, 3-4 PM in The Classroom. There will be a performance and a reading. Books can be purchased from Passenger Books.



Passenger Books will be at Miss Read in Berlin, June 26-28, with a preview copy of Marking the Dispossessed and posters. Stop by to say hello!



Lana was interviewed on Zagreb for the travel section of New York Magazine.



Deanna Di Lello, who came out to read parts of Chapter 3 of The Dispossessed at Art Metropole in Toronto, wrote a nice quick post about the project.


Cheyanne Trurions, of No Reading After the Internet, posted on her blog about the reading at Art Metropole.



Maia Asshaq speaks about Detroit and the Center for Abandoned Letterhead on Danish Public Radio.


Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies is reviewed by Herbert Wright for Blueprint's March issue.


Talk by Placement (Lana Cavar) at Drustvo Arhitekata Zagreb (Architecture Society Zagreb) for EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly).
Zagreb, Croatia


Piper, Matthew. “Making the Grid Feel Lived In: A Conversation with Placement About Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies


Paper Rehabilitation Project, Series I launch
Short Presentation & Reading at 7 pm
Museum or Contemporary Art Detroit Store
4454 Woodward Ave

The blank books in this first series of the Paper Rehabilitation Project are made of stock found at a warehouse of excess, rejected and damaged paper. Each book contains four different sheets – Rolland Enviro, Oxford White, Cougar Natural Opaque, and Royal Cotton, manufactured by Cascades, Neenah, Domtar, and Wasau paper companies. We found three different stocks for the covers – blue and gray with a linen finish, and a plum, with a sort of faux-leather finish. They were bound by Janutol Printing on Detroit’s East side.



Living With Mies - NYTimes goes to Detroit (again) published online at


Living with Mies was published online at the New York Times. The story is part of the book we're working on called Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies.