Senza nè capo nè coda (Neither head nor tail)
Project for self-production of a magazine, a book, or a library
The project was born a few years ago to allow anyone to create their own personalized supplement to the magazine Museo Teo Art Fanzine, and it seems useful to take it up again today to allow everyone to have something they can’t read.
Take a newspaper page, or even more than one (with a whole newspaper it’s more difficult, if it’s a glossy magazine it’s impossible) or a poster, a musical score, a graphic design is fine, but also a blank sheet of paper. Fold and fold until you like the size: this is the format of your publication, while the number of pages will be a consequence of the format of the starting sheet. You can limit yourself to one object, but you can also create an entire library. Remember that in order to browse your magazine (or your book) you need to cut along the folds (which are not dotted) of three sides, as you used to do with fine books. But does anyone still have a letter opener?
GIOVANNI BAI was born in 1952 in Milan: sociologist and artist, publisher, performer and event organizer. In 1990 he founded with Teo Telloli the cultural association Museo Teo, “museum without seat and without works”, which since 1991 publishes the magazine “Museo Teo Artfanzine” and has organized events in Italy and around the world collaborating with institutions such as the Biennale di Venezia, Triennale di Milano, Cité de Sciences et de I’Industrie and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Paris. He has taught History of Sociological Thought (Università Statale, Milan), Sociology (ISA Monza), Socioeconomics and Communication Science (ITSOS Steiner, Milan), Information Law (Università Milano Bicocca) and has collaborated with newspapers and magazines in Italy, France and Japan. He is the author of: Manuale per il giovane artista (Turin, 1996), Immagini della società (Naples, 2005), Leggere la società (Naples, 2012), Indice analitico della letteratura universale. Volume one. I fatti della vita (Milan, 2018) and has participated in numerous collective works including: AaVv, Come spiegare a mia madre che quello che faccio serve a qualcosal? (Rome, 1998), N. Bobbio – N. Matteucci – G. Pasquino, Dizionario di politica (Turin, 2004), A.Gerber – A.Lutz, Influences (London/Berlin 2006), AaVv, Re/search Milano. Map of a city in pieces (Milan, 2015), Come spiegare a mia madre che quello che faccio serve a qualcosa (edited by N. Leotta – Milan, 2016).