Further Reading is an intentionally unfinished, serial publication created by On Demand in response to Fashion & Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media at RMIT Design Hub. On Demand activated the front desk in Project Room 1 at Design Hub for the closing week of Fashion & Performance Tuesday 31 March - Thursday 2 April 2015, temporarily transforming it into a publicly-accessible office space and reference library.
Visitors were invited to write or draw on copies of the first edition of the publication in reaction to a selection of works featured in the exhibition. These responses were scanned and used to inform the second edition of the Further Reading document, created insitu in the temporary On Demand office space.
Further Reading offered a parallel entry point to the exhibition, editorialising works within the gallery space with a selection of key readings and references, to encourage further engagement with the exhibition content. The project extends On Demand’s ongoing enquiry into the formal qualities of curatorial and editorial spaces, overlaying these formats with responsive projects. Historically these roles aspire to clear and specific functions; a beginning and ending that mark phases of producing an exhibition or publication.
On Demand is an ongoing collaboration between an editor and a curator: Laura Gardner and Audrey Thomas-Hayes. On Demand seek to explore the boundaries of both these roles, and the inherent attributes and responsibilities of each to one another, and, more broadly, that of the gallery space and printed matter. On Demand produces active editorial that extends the boundaries of the curatorial.
Excerpt from Further Reading First Edition, On Demand, 2015