Indiecon
The Independent Magazine Festival

Conference

Aug 25 – 26, 2017

#indiemagday

Aug 27, 2017

Hamburg, Germany

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Hello, good evening, we’d like to make a difference. We can’t keep sitting on our asses while others define the values of our future society. Indiecon 2017 will provide a space for printed dreams and utopias, journalism and activism. What makes independent magazine makers from all over the world tick? Which topics are worth our attention? And what impact can small and bigger publications have?

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News

New speakers confirmed

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Say Hi to Isabel Seiffert & Justinien Tribillion (Migrant Journal, Int), Yanyou Yuan Di (Jianzazhi Press, CN), Ryan Fitzgibbon (Hello Mr., USA), Stefan Marx (Artist, GER), Besa Luci (Kosovo 2.0, KOS), Ibrahim Nehme (The Outpost, LEB), Jeremy Leslie (magCulture, UK), Nelson Ng (Lost, CN) Megan LeMasurier (University of Australia, AU). More to come soon! Check out all speakers here.

Hello everyone!

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The moment we write this, there’s six police vans posted in front of our office. Hamburg is gearing up for the G20 summit and the creative island Oberhafen seems to require some observation. Nevertheless, we’re happy to invite you to a more pleasant gathering: This year’s Indiecon will feature some of the most impressive, courageous and inspiring independent magazine makers we met in the past four Indiecon years. Check out their stories and our schedule, which will be constantly updated with talks and workshops. Looking forward to seeing you again! Your Indiecon Team: Malte + Malte + Martin + Urs + Kim + Imke + Annika + Nadine + + +

Tickets

We are heartbroken, but there are only 100 seats at the conference venue. Therefore we give precedence to magazine makers. If you do not work for a magazine, we will try to consider your application nevertheless.

Speakers

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Ryan Fitzgibbon

USA

“Indie means finding your motivation in challenging the status quo.”

One of the privileges of organising a magazine conference: You’re able to invite your favourites again. Ryan started his career as a communication designer at IDEO in San Francisco, in 2012 he moved to Australia to go about his own venture in storytelling. By March 2013, he had launched the first issue of Hello Mr., a magazine that has become the cornerstone for a community of men who date men, their conversations, interests, values, and aspirations. In 2014, he moved to New York where he continues to publish his biannual magazine. During his first trip to Hamburg Ryan had to do hold his talk during Indiemagday after a small flight hiccup – now we can finally welcome him properly in the Golden Hall.

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Megan Le Masurier

Australia

“The desire for a utopian space, creating what is missing.”

Megan is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. She used to work as a journalist and editor, today she focusses on her scientific practice. Publications include work on popular feminism in magazines, indie magazines and slow journalism. She is currently researching and writing a book titled Slow Magazines: Indies in Print in a Digital Age.

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Jeremy Leslie Host

United Kingdom

"Indie is anything you dream."

Jeremy Leslie is another longtime Indiecon comrade and one of the proverbial pillars of the magazine scene. His blog and shop magCulture are a vital resource for people interested in editorial design. Every autumn, he hosts the Modern Magazine conference in London. His books like We Make Magazines and The Modern Magazine have already become classics, and we’re more than excited to hear him discuss the design and editorial approach of Migrant Journal with Justinien and Isabel.

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Besa Luci

Kosovo

"Indie means being self-aware and self-critical."

What are we doing and why? What can be seen as either a simple or a very fundamental question also kind of defines the universe Besa Luci has been spinning in for the past seven years. As co-founder of Kosovo 2.0, a magazine that already carries the reinvention of a country in its title, she has been tackling the status quo and numerous conventions from day one. One reason why they’re still around: The complex, tri-lingual product does not only criticize but also takes its subjects and readers seriously (at least as long as possible). Besa studied political science, international relations and journalism and received her master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She also passes her experiences on as a teaching assistant at the Journalism Department of the University of Prishtina.

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Stefan Marx

Germany

"No corporation involved."

Stefan Marx is a Hamburg based artist. In 1995 he set up his own T-Shirt Label "The Lousy Livin company", a platform for his drawings published on T-Shirts. Since then he has worked for numerous Skateboard & T-Shirt Labels worldwide. His work has been exhibited internationally and has received awards and prizes including the Lichtwark grand and a grand for young arts in Hamburg. His book "85 Zeichnungen" (Rollo-Press) were selected as one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in 2009. Marx is also involved with Smallville Records. All of their releases are visually defined by his drawings. Marx graduated at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and focused on Typography and Cultural Studies & Communication Theories. At Indiecon 2017 Marx will guide us through the ins and outs of independent artist publishing.

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Ibrahim Nehme Host

Lebanon

"Indie is disconnecting from the system to find freedom."

After we first met Ibrahim during the 2015 edition of Indiecon, we just couldn’t let go of him anymore. Not only is he pleasant company, but his "mindchild" The Outpost also kept surprising us with every new issue. To this day, the tightly knit “magazine of possibilities in the Arab world” regularly comes up in discussions and in the backs of our minds. With the print edition currently discontinued (make sure you get a copy of the issues that are not already sold out!), we had to search for another pretext to invite him again – so we asked him who he would love to meet up with and interview. He recommended Besa Luci as a guest because they share a common belief: That storytelling can have a tremendous influence on society. And maybe he will also tell us something about the new endeavours he plans himself …

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Nelson Ng Host

China

"Indie is about having a strong belief in something."

During last year’s Indiecon, Nelson basically blew our minds with his brief insight into the cosmos of independent publishing in China. He talked about editorial experiments under difficult circumstances, an evolving publishing culture and its quick, technology-driven emergence and development. It was clear from the start that we wanted to learn more – so we asked him to put us in touch with publishers he knew in Shanghai and beyond. He will talk with Yanyou Yuan Di about Jiazazhi press - and likely let us know what he’s up to with his own Lost magazine.

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Isabel Seiffert

Switzerland

“Being independent means highlighting stories and showing perspectives that are not bound to financial interests or sensationalist requirements.”

Isabel is one half of the Zurich-based design office Offshore Studio which she founded together with Christoph Miler. At Migrant Journal she works as an art director and co-editor. Apart from commissioned work she also designs and publishes her theoretical reflections on art and media as well as the Necessity of Print Publishing.

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Justinien Tribillon

United Kingdom/France

"Being independent means highlighting stories and showing perspectives that are not bound to financial interests or sensationalist requirements."

Most people look at a city as tourists and maybe with a Top Ten list on their hand. Justinien brings some other tools to the table: ideas, concepts, images, quantitative and qualitative data. Together with architecture practices, municipalities and research centres he tries to uncover the fabric of urban life. As a writer, Justinien works for The Guardian and other publications such as the magazine on urbanism MONU. As a PhD candidate at University College London he researches the divide between Paris and the Banlieue. And please don’t ask us when he managed to co-found and edit two issues of Migrant Journal as well.

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Yanyou Yuan Di

China

“Without any interruption.”

Yanyou Yuan Di is a photobook curator and publisher based in Ningbo, China. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jiazazhi Press, an independent publishing house determined to promote an emerging generation of progressive Chinese photographers. As part of this idea, he recently constructed and opened a photobook library in his hometown.

Schedule

Friday

3:30 pm
Talk

Complexity Up Close

Golden Hall

Tell us about an interconnected world: The four creators of Migrant Journal all met in person for the first time at the release event of issue 1 in London. Beforehand, Justinien Tribillon, Catarina de Almeida Brito, Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler had been scattered all over Europe, convening only in virtual space. It says a lot about the strength of a concept if it withstands all the interference of remote work. The magazine draws a lot of its persuasiveness from its intellectual capacity as well as its clean and solid, almost technical look and feel. It might have been tempting to reduce the topic of migration to an abstract, almost detached bird's eye view. The editorial team of Migrant Journal chose another path: It stays empathetic and convenes ideas and concepts with a deeply humanitarian touch.

Saturday

9:30 am
Keynote

Fuck Reality - the Ins and Outs of Independent Art Book Publishing

Golden Hall

Stefan Marx grabbed our attention two years ago. For the first Indiemagday at the Oberhafen Hamburg, the artist designed a limited Offline-Shirt in corporation with his friends from Tissue Magazine. Ever since, Stefans' peaceful but somehow provoking black and white drawings have been on our radar – they are on skateboards, walls, shirts and vinyl records all over the world. When we spotted the Marx-wallpainting at the AMP Club near the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016 we thought: this guy must also be connected to print. He certainly is. Publications such as "Fuck Reality", "I GUESS I SHOULDN'T BE TELLING YOU", "This Sounds a bit like Goodbye" or "I'm sleeping in my clothes next to the books" have made their way to book fairs around the planet (e.g. to New York, Tokio, Melbourne). Stefan will guide us through the ins and outs of independent art book publishing.

10:00 am
Keynote

Joining Forces

Golden Hall

Hello Mr. has always been one of the go-to mags when we were looking for inspiration. It’s beautiful, keen and witty, but its special quality is something else: Hello Mr. is a genius example of how to make a magazine that takes a clear stand without getting dumb in the process. Let’s just say it’s a quality that can hardly be overstated in the US right now. A reader of the magazine basically says it all in his review: “Hello Mr. has never been more important.” In Hamburg, Ryan will introduce some fresh ideas for joining forces in independent publishing.

11:00 am
Talk

Visions in Small Cases

Golden Hall

When we first held the tiny cigarette case in our hand we knew it was something special. If opened, it reveals a tiny magazine, featuring slightly unsettling photographs from Chinese weddings. “Until death do us part” has been recommended as one of the photobooks of the year by The New York Times, it is based on a collection of pictures salvaged in a recycling plant near Beijing. Most of the photobooks published by Yanyou open up a window into private life in China, with a special focus on the work of young photographers. At Indiecon he will show some of his recent work and talk about the situation of independent publishers in China.

2:30 pm
Talk

The Magazine That Builds a Nation

Golden Hall

Since the declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo has been in a strange state - always between constant turmoil and an utter lack of lasting change. The magazine Kosovo 2.0 has become a hub and an important platform for who the editors call “politically and socially aware and active people”. Three languages (Albanian, Serbian, English), an online edition and a fulminant print archive make it quite a monolith in the country's media landscape. Its topics are as broad as its mission – they range from political news to personal interviews, the printed magazine e.g. featured a sports issue, a religion issue and a sex issue. If you start reading, you feel that this is not to serve some niche markets but because the magazine attempts to question and sometimes re-imagine a whole society and state. Let’s see where this mission lead them.

5:00 pm
Keynote

The Science of Indie

Golden Hall

Whatever we say about independent publishing, Megan has most likely written it down already. No kidding. We read everything she writes on the topic and we dwell in sentences like this: “Through their construction of global niche communities around editorially unique visions of difference in almost every aspect of our lives, indies provide an alternative to mainstream ways of thinking, representing and being.” Her article on independent magazines and the rejuvenation of print in a digital age was one of our inspirations to start Indiecon in the first place. In Hamburg, Megan will take us for a spin in her fields of interest and maybe explain what independent publishing has to do with eating bowls of penne in front of a McDonald's.

Indiemagday

Free Trade Zone for Printed Goods
SEP 4 2016, Oberhafen, Hamburg

Join third "Indiemagday – Free Trade Zone for Printed Goods” in Hamburg’s Oberhafen. Let’s celebrate the diversity of independent magazines and their smart and fearless micro publishers.

During the last Sunday in August, we transform a warehouse in a former freight yard into Magazine Mania. Find collectibles, hidden treasures and special offers. Buy, sell or swap mags, zines, comics and other printed goods.

There will be a huge collection of national and international indiemags – brought to you by the makers themselves and some of the most amazing stores in Germany. You will also find other printed goods like books, posters, comics, post cards and many big or small gifts made of paper. Come by and flip the pages, talk, eat and drink.

Indiemagday
Oberhafen, Halle 4
Stockmeyerstr. 41
20457 Hamburg

Apply For Free Trade Zone

You can save your spot here. All remaining spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Buildup is between 8:00 and 10:00 am, please register and pay during this period at the helpdesk on site.

Information

Preliminary Timetable

Sunday Aug 27, 2017

  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM / Buildup and Registration
  • 10:00 AM / Open Doors!
  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM / Magazine Mania
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM / Collective Cleanup

All #indiemagday figures are subject to error, the may change at any time. Please check again shortly before the event.

Displays

Any private seller gets a stack of europallets as a basis for his or her display (L×W×H 80cm × 120cm × 72cm). You can build on it – the maximum height is 150cm for opaque surfaces due to fire regulations.

You will have to build your own display. Stack your mags, add some flashlights, a look-out, a pole for your speaking parrot – however you wish. Just make sure to build a safe construction! There might not be electricity at each individual space and wireless access is limited.

Prices

EUR 10 for a single space, EUR 50 for two pallets (small is beautiful). If you are a professional reseller, please let us know. It will be a little more expensive, but since you own a business, we hope you'll manage. All income will be reinvested into making this an awesome day! The money will be used to create a fine surrounding, to set up a bar and a help desk for all your questions, a charging station and other useful stuff.

What to bring

You can present, sell or swap magazines and other printed goods. If you want to sell anything else, please get in touch beforehand. There will be a food market and a kiosk which will offer drinks and snacks at fair prices.

Buildup

Buildup is between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, please register and pay during this period at the helpdesk on site.

Getting there

You can find us here: Halle 4, Stockmeyerstr. 41, 20457 Hamburg

Any questions?

Get in touch via e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – or browse our magazine collection on Tumblr. ヽ(°◇° )ノ

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This is our newsletter which will keep you posted on ticket presales, new speakers and other important info regarding Indiecon.

FAQ

General Questions

  • What is Indiecon?

    Indiecon is a festival for independent magazines. It includes a conference, to be held on Aug 25 – 26. This is issue four, in 2014, we explored what Indie is and constitutes. In 2015 we had a look at what it means to make a magazine and how it pays the bills. Last year's Indiecon focussed on the Indiemag community and its pioneering character.

    We are also running Indiemagday, a free trade zone for printed goods on Aug 27 at Hamburg’s Oberhafen.

  • The order form is not working

    Sorry for that. If you want to apply for Indiecon Conference, please send an email with the following information to info@diebrueder.com:

    Name
    Number of normal tickets:
    Number of business tickets:
    Billing Address:
    I publish:
    I want to visit Indiecon because:
    I am interested in presenting my mag at Indiemagday: yes/no]

    If you want to reserve a spot to exhibit and sell your magazines at Indiemagday, please send an email with the following information to info@diebrueder.com

    Name:
    I publish:
    Private Person / Reseller: yes/no
    Number of europallets:
    Billing address:

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  • How do I get a ticket for the conference?

    You can apply for a ticket using the form on this website. We'll get back to you with confirmation as soon as possible. Why the formality? It's very simple: Indiecon is small and cosy and we only have 100 seats. That's why we prefer people who really produce a mag themselves. It makes no odds whether the circulation is 100 or 100,000. But if you yourself aren't publishing a magazine yet, it could be that we'd give someone else priority for the ticket. But please don't be upset! You can still be in on the act at #indiemagday at the Oberhafen.

  • Why have the prices gone up since last year?

    After every Indiecon we asked the guests whether they were fine with the pricing, and both times the majority said they would be ok with paying a little bit more. Same as publishing an independent magazine, Indiecon has been self-exploitation to a certain degree, and we try to reduce that at least for all our friends who are involved and cook, carry stuff or make music. Since Indiecon is still running as a non-profit project, you can be sure that all the money you spend will be used to make the festival a more worthwhile experience. Also - sorry to say that now - but you had the chance to buy an early bird ticket for the old price. Hope you're all ok with that.

  • I can’t pay that much. What can I do?

    We realise that 110 euros is a lot of money – especially if you’re currently putting all your time and cash into producing a magazine. But we promise you that Indiecon is worth it. And food and drinks are included. So please pay for a ticket if you possibly can. However, because we wouldn’t want to exclude anyone with a genuine burning interest in the subject, we are giving away a certain number of tickets to helpers this year, free of charge. You can apply for these by sending us an email (see above). And if it doesn’t work out, we’ll hopefully see each other at the open and public Indiemagday in the Oberhafen.

  • I’ve paid – where’s my ticket?

    We will send all tickets out in a batch at the beginning of August.

  • Is it possible to return the ticket?

    No, I’m afraid it isn’t – sorry. We need to be able to rely on our budgeting at least to that extent. But you can always transfer the tickets to someone else. Please give us a quick call if you plan to do that.

  • What will be done with my money?

    The revenue from the sale of tickets as well as the money from our supporters will cover the costs of the event: food, drinks, fringe programme, advertising, travel and accommodation for speakers and helpers. Indiecon is a non-profit, all revenue will go back into the event.

  • Do I have to register for sessions?

    There are only a limited number of places available for workshops on Saturday. We'll send you an e-mail in advance for pre-registration.

  • Are all the events in English?

    Some panel discussions and speeches are likely to be in English and some in German. We will try to provide professional translation (German/English only) on site.

  • Can I sell my magazine at Indiecon?

    You can of course sell your magazine at Indiemagday – just register by sending us an email (see above). You can also send us a sample copy and we’ll consider your mag for the shop at Indiecon Conference – no guarantees for that, though.

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  • How can I participate

    If you want to sell your own magazine, please register by sending us an e-mail (see above). If you just want to read and stroll it’s even easier: Just drop by.

    If you plan on selling anything but printed goods, please get in touch beforehand.

  • What are the prices?

    EUR 10 for a single space, EUR 50 for two pallets (small is beautiful). If you need another setup and/or if you are a professional reseller, please let us know. It will be a little more expensive, but since you own a business, we hope you’ll manage. All income will be reinvested into making this an awesome day! The money will be used to create a fine surrounding, to set up a bar and a help desk for all your questions, a charging station and other useful stuff.

  • Where can I put my magazines?

    Any private seller gets a stack of europallets as a basis for his or her display (L×W×H 80cm × 120cm × 72cm). You can build on it – the maximum height is 150cm for opaque surfaces due to fire regulations. You will have to build your own display. Stack your mags, add some flashlights, a look-out, a pole for your speaking parrot – however you wish. Just make sure to build a safe construction! There might not be electricity at each individual space and wireless access is limited.

  • When do I have to be there?

    Buildup is between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, please register and pay during this period at the helpdesk on site.

  • What happens when I get hungry?

    There will be a food market and a kiosk which will offer drinks and snacks at fair prices.

  • Any other questions?

    Just ask: info@indiemags.de

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