Distribution Assembly East | 东亚分销网密集会

DAE Assembly #2: April 11 - 14, 2019. Los Angeles, California.

Distribution Assembly East (DAE) is a conversation and spontaneous convening of independent publishers, publication-making artists and distributors working in, with, and throughout the ‘East.’ 

DAE's first presentation, "On Our Own Disappearance," begins with a contradiction: challenging the geopolitical framework set up for ourselves by working in the East and Southeast Asia regions. Through the small realms of independent print, the margin by which we thrive, we consider the dissipation of borders by writing some new definitions of cohabitation and alliance.

The selection of publications featured here — some our own, some from others — have been curated on the simple premise of 'Disappearance' and what this means in the context of 1) border-defined identity politics, 2) contemporary urban sociopolitical phenomena, and/or 3) the precariousness of self-organized practices, spaces and collectives.

 There is a contradiction at work here – in the dispersals of distribution, the gatherings of assembly... and what of the East?

This assembly of DAE is presented by 八家Bajia, 展銷場 Display Distribute, Salt Projects and Sponge Gourd Collective.

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DAE Assembly #1: July 2, 2018. Beijing, China.

Workshopping transnational distribution routes and strategies.

While it appears that immaterial forms of work, expression and social life dominate the contemporary era, working in the sphere of independent publishing is still highly burdened by the weight of materiality. Books are heavy. The world is big.

As book/zine/journal-makers and distributors ourselves, we constantly battle with the load of global logistics. But, since ABC’s first Beijing fair will bring all you to this northerly capital, we’d like to take advantage of this opportunity and sit down with you all for a chat about distribution.

In collaboration, 八家 Bajia and 展销场 Display Distribute invite you to participate in a one day independent publishing and distribution intensive.




Participants | 参加人

DAE Workshop 2

D.A.E. workshop participants



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Monday, July 2, 2018, 10 am - 5pm