WS stands for Walkscapes, an urban and collaborative publishing platform founded in 2016 by Gianni Villa and Wanling Chang and based between Paris and Taipei. WS aims, through publication of big collective Magazines and small project Zines, to create a network for anyone — artist, photographer, poet, architect, urbanist, bookseller — who likes to wander around the city.
2016, A4, 88 pages
Ananay Arango, Florent Hajinazarian, Gabriel Henry, Gianni Villa, Melchior Tersen, Norida Ho, Odonchimeg Davaadorj, Quentin Strauss, Wanling Chang
The PERIF issue is focused on the subject of the ring road and on all the themes it may encompass. Because it involves the question of boundaries, entrances and exits, this constructed limit says as much about the inside and outside of cities as about the means of going beyond them.
2018, A4, 64 pages
Five Wu, Jei Jan, Gianni Villa, Morgane Le Guilloux, Manuel Ortega, Wanling Chang
The 河邊 issue aims to investigate the relationship between the city of Taipei and its lively riversides that encompass it. By highlighting its independence from both the urban fabric and the natural balance, it wishes to present a set of new connections that happen in the gap, between city, nature, infrastructure, and people.
2017, ½ A5, 28 pages
During his repeat visits to London, Gianni Villa noticed how many palm trees can be seen in front yards, despite the city less-than-ideal weather conditions. Upon visiting Kew Gardens, he figured out the reason behind this predilection for palm trees, in front of Edred John Henry Corner’s words: “Of all land plants, the palm is the most distinguished.” Palms documents the phantom of Imperialism, still visible throughout the common urban space, as well as in the exotic section of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
2018, A6, 96 pages
Wanling Chang has been collecting missing posters over the span of 6 years, and she has now decided to make a book out of them. It’s a book about missing animals and objects, about images and the representation of things we hold dear, about the anxiety and the fear of loss, about absence.
ANIMALS THAT I DREW
2019, A6, 40 pages
“From an early age, my poor drawing skills had been a subject of mockery both at school and at home.
For a long time, my clumsiness felt like a weakness, which I tried to hide. It wasn't until I reached adulthood that I realized technical skills and creativity are two different things altogether.
What makes self-publishing so wonderful is how it embraces amateurism. We are free to show the obsessions few people care about. Amateurism won’t be an obstacle to any form of creation.
I hope this book can amuse you.”
2019, A5, 32 pages
Threshold is a photographic essay on the Khmer temples, a reflection on the form and the construction methods of these relics through images. Haunted by these sanctuaries upon her first visit to Thailand, Wanling Chang tends to have a better understanding of their forms and eventually the philosophy behind by working on the visual representation of an unspeakable perception.
A TRAVEL IN TWO
Sofia Clementina Hosszufalussy
For our first Zine collaboration outside of our former WS duo, we want to introduce a young artist and architect from Italy, Sofia Clementina Hosszufalussy. Catching the train that from Moscow brings you to Vladivostok; sharing space, days and nights with random travellers. A travel between two is the reportage of this, of two friends and their trip to Siberia until the Baykal lake. A story told between Europe and Asia, pictures and drawings, you and me.
2019, A6, 16 pages
16 postcards about plants in the city, the various shapes it can take, and beyond the simple copy of nature, the multiple roles it can play for local people : in London, garden palmtrees as an exotic escape ; in Barcelona, roses to bid farewell to its beloved dead; in Taipei, weeds as a spontaneous resistance of nature to urban sprawl ; In Tokyo, flowerpots as a domestic space in the megalopolis.
WS107, WS108, WS109, WS110
Sepideh Farvardin, Valentin Bansac, Gianni Villa
Coming soon in 2020 : Sepideh Farvardin will talk about objects left behind in the city of Brussels, Valentin Bansac about greenhouse territories in Netherlands, and Gianni Villa about relation between postmodernism monuments and eighties music in Japan. Stay tuned !
2019 Wiels Art Book Fair, BE
2019 Ghent Art Book Fair, BE
2018 Break Off, Taichung, TW
2017 FRAC PACA, Marseille, FR
2017 Génie d’Alex, Paris, FR
Association Loi 1901