Peripheral Visions Cards

Peripheral Visions Cards

Peripheral Visions Cards is a set of narrative cards developed by collectives for collectives as a companion in collaborative creative processes.

Grounded in lived experience, these cards are designed to deepen reflections among people working in collaborative environments, especially in non-dominant peripheral spaces. They embrace nuances of artistic expression, and the challenges and triumphs of maintaining independence in the neoliberal market through mutual symbiosis. Peripheral Visions Cards reflect the experiences of a group of small independent publishers on the semi-periphery of Europe, some of which have worked together across two decades in various capacities. Whether you're a writer, artist, designer, or editor, we hope that these cards can provide a platform for reflection, exploration, and growth within your collaborative endeavors.

Navigating the world of publishing isn't just about setting words on paper - it's a dynamic practice that involves curating stories and formats, engaging with diverse constituents, and creating a public life for your work. We position the practice of publishing broadly, as an act of making one's work public, of intentionally providing an avenue to share something of relevance with the world. Similarly, we consider a publisher any individual or collective who engages in sharing their work publicly. For that reason we refer to this expanded perspective through italicizing the words publishing and publisher. The three card decks of Peripheral Visions Cards are a result of conversations between the collectives engaged in this project, surfacing some common points of struggle and joy in collaborative and independent publishing on the semi-periphery of cultural production.

Each card offers a unique prompt or scenario crafted to provoke thought, encourage discussion, and inspire new perspectives on the process of bringing creative works into the public sphere. With topics ranging from fostering accountability to uncovering frictions, Peripheral Visions Cards offers a tapestry of distilled community based insights meant to support your creative journey. While the cards are primarily focused on collaborative work within a community (or communities), they are also applicable to individuals in their journey of working with people over a course of time. We invite you to use these cards while in brainstorming sessions, moments of creative blocks, or times of personal reflection to explore your inter-personal relationship with the project(s) you are currently focused on. We hope that you may find inspiration, resonance and humor in these cards to support you in the pursuit of sharing your creative vision with the world.

The ideas explored in Peripheral Visions Cards are meant to invoke new perspectives within your exploration process and, as such, are in no way definitive. For that reason we included empty cards meant for you to add concepts and questions of significance for you and your collective(s). You will also find empty pages at the end of this booklet for your note taking and reflections.

If you find symbols, prompts and actions you think should be included in this set, we invite you to send your contributions to [email protected], note under which name you want us to credit you and they will appear in the online expanded version of Peripheral Visions Cards at


Concept and Writing: Darija Medić

Editorial team: Darija Medić and

Copyediting: Olivera Jokić

Design and layout: Marina Milanović

Cards Illustrations: Marina Milanović


Typeface: Karrik by Jean-Baptiste Morizot, Lucas Le Bihan. Distributed by


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Peripheral Visions Cards are part of the “Peripheral Visions—Towards Trans(l)national Publishing Culture,” a partnership project implemented by the Kulturtreger, Maska, eipcp,, Kontrapunkt, Multimedijalni institut, and financed by the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the City of Novi Sad Administration for Culture and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

“Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.”