Welcome to BUM Editions

BUM is a new physical publication focused on culture, design and architecture, produced in limited editions using technology from the 1980’s.

Featuring a variety of articles, projects and artworks, BUM aims to give voice to new critics and designers.

Printed in soy-based inks using a risograph duplicator, each copy of BUM is unique, and individually numbered accordingly. 

Time In Common by Hikari Nishida and Signe Cygan

What is BUM?

What, where and why is BUM?

A Paper Publication

BUM Editions exist as single batch paper publications.
Designed and edited in Helsinki,
Each BUM Edition is limited to 100 individually numbered issues.

Risograph Printed

BUM Editions are printed in soy ink using a Risograph Duplicator. Each page is printed in two colours and bound by Jemini Press in Stockholm, Sweden

For New Voices

BUM Editions feature illustrations, projects, and articles about culture, architecture and design. We are critical but hopeful, and aim to give voice to new critics and designers.

BUM Edition 1 is the new publication from BUM Editions! Available in a limited edition of 100 individually numbered magazines. 

BUM Edition 1 gathers a series of articles, projects and artworks from artists, architects and designers around the theme ‘Common’.

Common

The everyday, the communal, the non-elitist, the shared, the little valued…

Contributions include:

  • Evolving Workspace by interior architect Markus Holste
  • The City as A School by architect Andra Antone
  • Consider “The” Dictionary by design writer and curator Lara Chapman
  • Collective Wisdom by architect Lee Marable
  • Foreshore: Temporarily Open by designer Charlotte V Smith
  • Time in Common by visual artists Hikari Nishida and Signe Cygan
  • Hull of a Home by ceramicist Mimi McPartlan
  • Finding Phenomena: The Harju Morgue Case by Franny Françoise
  • Super Lover by designer Roosa Melentjeff
 

Risograph printed and bound in Stockholm Sweden by Anna and Johanna at Jemini Press.

BUM Edition 1 is available both as a single edition and as part of our new subscription service! Visit our online shop to find out more.

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BUM Edition 0 is the first publication from BUM Editions.

HOPE! 

We all need a little more of it. 

BUM Edition 0 gathers a series of articles, projects and artworks based on the notion that things will all be alright in the end.

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News

BUM on sale in the Amos Rex Shop!

BUM Edition 1: Common is available in the Amos Rex Shop. Amos Rex is a fantastic contemporary art gallery in the heart of Helsinki, so we are really happy that they have become a stockist. Find out how to visit the shop here.

BUM is now available at Frabs Magazines!

Frabs is magazine store based in Italy with an aim to promote editorial projects with refined content and aesthetics, as a gesture of love and resistance. BUM Edition 1: Common is available now – visit here.

BUM Edition 1 is available online and in Helsinki at bookm-ark.fi!

Bookm-ark is an architecture and design bookshop based in Helsinki. BUM Edition 1: Common is available now – visit here.

BUM Edition 1: Common is featured in ‘Dense Discovery’ Issue 120!

BUM Edition 1 has been featured in issue 120 of the online newsletter ‘Dense Discovery’:

“BUM Edition is a new magazine from Helsinki, creatively exploring culture, architecture and design. What makes BUM unique is that it’s entirely printed using an old Risograph Duplicator. As such there are only 100 individually numbered copies per issue, with each page printed in two colours and bound by Jemini Press in Stockholm, Sweden.”

Read the full issue here.

BUM Edition 1: Common is reviewed by Stack Magazines!

We are happy to see that BUM Edition 1 has been reviewed by Stack:

“The minute attention devoted in this magazine to the technicalities of how we move through the physical world is immensely satisfying. The fact that the magazine itself unfolds like a game of consequences, with flaps and pull-outs and gorgeously illustrated footnotes, is key to its appeal.”

Read the full review here.



Selected Articles

BUM is a physical publication and cannot be read online, but here’s a couple of carefully selected tasters

The New Helsinki Mix? - Lee Marable discusses the potential for cities to become truely mixed use through the reintroduction of industrial uses to city centre locations in BUM Edition 0
Sweet Sweet Wank - Roosa Melentjeff discusses media portrayal of female masturbation in BUM Edition 0




What is Risograph Printing?

BUM is printed using an SF9350 Risograph duplicator. A Risograph is essentially a type of digital mimeograph, first released by the Riso Kagaku Corporation in 1986, 100 years after the first mimeographs.

Risograph duplicators were invented in Japan and use soy-based inks and rice-paper masters to print in single colours on uncoated papers. If a page has two colours, it must be printed twice, with the ink-drum changed inbetween. Unlike ink-jet or laser printing, the soy-based inks used in risograph printing are able to interact with each other, in much the same way as traditional inks would in screen-printing or lithography. These factors give risograph printing a joyous unpredictability and imbue the final prints with a unique sense of life.

Risographs were popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s due to their low-cost and high-speed over medium-sized print runs. If you grew up in the 90’s chances are your local church, school or student union was printing using a risograph.

Presently, risograph printing is having something of a renaissance, used both by artists, zine-makers and designers for its unique print qualities, and by businesses realising that high-speed and low-cost never goes out of fashion.

BUM is printed by the fantastic Jemini Press in Stockholm, Sweden.