Welcome to BUM Editions

BUM is a new physical publication focussed 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. 

 

Collage #2 - Roosa Melentjeff

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 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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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.