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|!”\(-,-) Paul Chan interview with Mousse

Curator and writer Apsara DiQuinzio interviews Paul Chan for Mousse about his current exhibition Selected Works at the Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland. An excerpt...

AD: Can you tell me a little about how the idea of Badlands grew and how it operates now? And do you make trailers for every e-book, or how do you decide which book gets a trailer?

PC: I’ve wanted to publish books for quite some time. But I never had the money. In 2010, when I started Badlands, I still didn’t have enough money to do a real press, but then at the time I didn’t think I needed to, if I published only e-books. So that’s how Badlands started. I wanted to publish books written by artists and others on art but I didn’t have the money. Over time we’ve made enough (Badlands is not a nonprofit, its tax id is as a small business) to invest in paper books, stone books, limited editions, etc. But maybe most importantly, we’ve invested in people. The artists who work at Badlands, and those we publish. A book is only as good as the relations that make it worth publishing. How does Badlands operate? Our business hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, from 11am to 7pm.

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