Lex Reitsma’s documentary Rietveld’s Chair will be shown at Stedelijk Museum. The art historian Marijke Kuper’s book of the same name will also be launched. The film and book tell the story of Gerrit Rietveld’s red-and-blue chair, as uncovered by Kuper, who undertook to find out how the modernist icon was born and how it was viewed and used in its day.
March 10, 2011, 4.30pm
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
PWR PAPER #4
With Iain Ball, Paint FX, Joel Evey, Ida Lehtonen,
Jack Latham, Katja Novitskova, Daniel Swan
GRAPHIC #17 WHEN DESIGN BECOMES ATTITUDE
This issue deals with graphic designers’ practices expanding the boundaries of graphic design. Based on works of 10 teams, it reveals how designers’ attitudes transform design.
With Conditional Design, Corner College, Dexter Sinister (Stuart Bailey) , Emily Pethick, FF, IFS, Jesko Fezer, Matthias Görlich, Kit-Toast, Metahaven, Parallel School
Open Books publication was printed by Hato Press.
Hato Press was established by Ken Kirton, Louise Naunton Morgan and Jackson Lam. We set up Hato Press as a platform to apply our design skills to a greater context. To collaborate with other designers, artists, illustrators, writers, scientists, etc. in offering them affordable printing and the ability to publish their own work.
“The money made from the press is put towards buying more equipment and facilities for Hato, or into books that we want to publish. We are quite selective in what we publish and sell on our book shelves, often the books are designed by ourselves with each of us working independently through our own studios.”
Upcoming projects include art magazine Art Licks, a publication with Patrick Coyle, AHA edition 2 and new pages to be added to FOUNT.
An Endless Supply, The Most Cool Books
Slide projection, sound, 14 minutes 48 seconds duration, looped
Books on um art and design, er, rated on whether they’re cool or whatever. Presented at PA/PER VIEW Art Book Fair at Zabludowicz Collection, London.
João Machado, Gestures
This video strongly relates to the effect of a book, extending beyond the form. A book is mainly compound of its materiality, formal content and the way these two interact with the reader. Beyond the form, the book lives on in the mind. In this video I aim to illustrate the experience and performance of a book discarding the object itself. By doing this I am asking the viewer to reassess what this object means to them.
Book Notes 2002-2009, Christoph Schifferli
“The reason I took this digital snapshots is very practical: to take notes about books and artworks I’m interested in. I started using a digital camera in the late 90s, mostly in art exhibitions were I took pictures of the artwork together with the small tags on the side stating the name of the artist, etc. I later started using the camera also for books, taking a quick picture of the cover with some spreads and the impressum (and possibly of the price if it was a rare book). Since the date is automatically registered when you take a digital picture, I still had to take note of the location (these were pre-GPS times). So I started taking pictures of the gallerist, artist or bookdealer to keep a record of the place or context. Finally these pictures also became a visual diary – but this happened more coincidentally and as a side effect, and I became aware of the diary effect much later in the process.”
Open Books talks
with James Langdon & Stuart Whipps, Anna Haas & Annett Höland (Werkplaats Typografie), Fraser Muggeridge
James Langdon is an independent graphic designer. Informed by an art education, his practice is concerned with the mediation of art and ideas. James is one of five founding directors of the artist-run gallery Eastside Projects in Birmingham and is also active as a curator, editor and writer.
Book Show, curated by James Langdon and Gavin Wade, is an exhibition of artworks, objects and structures that address the physical form of the book. The starting point for the exhibition is Ulises Carrión’s provocative series of aphorisms ‘The New Art of Making Books’ (1975).
Facing Pages, exhibited in Open Books, is a recent project in collaboration with Stuart Whipps.
Best Books 2009: Mapping the Library. Concept and supervised by Experimental Jetset; design by Anna Haas and Annett Höland. The outcome of a workshop conducted in 2010 in which participants from the WT turned their favorite books of 2009 into maps. Identifying the formal connections resulted in a large format 16-piece collective map.
Feed the Library is a Werkplaats Typografie project which took place at the 2010 New York Art Book Fair. The visitors had the opportunity to enrich the school library by bringing in books they consider a must-read for every art and design student. In return, the book was traded for one of a multitude of artifacts specially produced by the Werkplaats Typografie. Over the course of the fair all goods of the exchange were presented in the project room.
Hoi, Japan, 2010
What does this book say and do? Is the book, as an object, self-reflexive? What do you look AT when you look AT a book? What do you look FOR when you look FOR a book?
As part of a workshop organized by David Bennewith and Sandra Kassenaar eighteen publications initiated and designed at the Werkplaats Typografie were selected and assigned – one publication for one student. The goal was to consider these questions by making a gesture towards their assigned publication and create a ‘unique version’ for the exhibition and bookshop.
In 2009 the Werkplaats Typografie brought all their 17 students to the New York Art Book Fair. Across from a wall displaying the graphic output of the last ten years of the school, the students set up a production line where they photocopied pages from Werkplaats Typografie publications selected by the visitors and bound them into new books for as little as $5.
Fraser Muggeridge is a typographic designer based in Clerkenwell, London. He runs a studio producing books, catalogues, posters and other material for mainly cultural and arts organisations.
He studied Typography & graphic communication at the University of Reading where he now teaches on the MA in book design.
Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio is an installation of 48 new books, each unique and made up of 48 different publications designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio. The limited edition book has been meticulously reformed, as an amalgam of 48 selected books and catalogues, from 2001 to present, designed for clients including Bookworks, Lund Humphries and Tate Publishing. With 192 pages of contrasting form and content, Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio is a reconfiguring of separated leaves in which typography, image, ink and paper can either clash or complement in their new formations.
All 48 books will be on display in an installation at Open Books exhibition, alongside a selection of the original publications. The limited edition booklet will be available for consultation in the exhibition books selection.
Benzanoe Magazine, Issue 64, Benzanoe , 2010
BEST BOOk 2008 (Readers Digest), Werkplaats Typografie 2009
BEST BOOkS 2009 Mapping the Library, Werkplaats Typografie, 2010
Bookcase, Sarah Poletti, 2010
Chinese whispers, Jamie Reid, 2009
Claude Closky 8002— 9891, MAC/VAL, 2008
CNEAI = NEUF ANS, cneai= & Editions Hyx 2006
CONSTRUCT DECONSTRUCT, Ghazaal Vojdani & Jenny Hirons, 2010
CONTINUOUS PROJECT#7, Cneai=, 2006
Dear Reader, Atelier Carvalho Bernau, 2010
Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, Fraser Muggeridge studio, 2010
de Verenigde Sandbergen, Sandberg Institute, 2009-2010
DOUBLE PAGE, Éditions B42, 2010
Exhibiting Poetry Today, Cneai= & Xavier Barral, 2009
Fernand Baudin Prijs 2009 catalogue, Fernand Baudin Prijs, 2009
FOUNT, Adam Chelstov, Jackson Lam, Patrick Lacey (Åbäke) & Jérôme Rigaud (electronest), 2010
Graphic #10, Propaganda Press, 2009
I swear I use no art at all, 010 Publishers, 2010
KITSCH ENCYCLOPEDIA, Sara Cwynar, 2010
Liner notes conversations about making books, i.e. Leipzig, Spector Books, 2009
Livro de meio, Marco Balesteros & Sofia Gonçalves, 2010
Multitudes, Hors-série n°1 Transmission, Cneai=/Villa Arson, 2007
Objects, Paul Bailey, 2008
Old News #2, cneai= & Dunkers Kulturhus, 2006
On the self reflexive page, Roma Publications, 2010
Os livros fazem amigos/Books mame friends, Roma Publications, 2006
Out of print – An archive as artistic concept, Cneai= & Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, 2001
Recollected Work, Artimo, 2005
The best dutch book design 2008, Stichting the Best Verzorgde Boeken, 2008
The best dutch book design 2009, Stichting the Best Verzorgde Boeken, 2009
The book and other books, Werkplaats Typografie, 2007
The Form of the Book Book, Occasional Papers, 2010
The most beautiful swiss books catalogues 2004-2099, Swiss Federal Office of Culture, 2005-2010
Thereherethenthere, MAC/VAL & Parc Saint Léger, 2010
Title of the show, Jovis Verlag Gmbh, 2009
Ultramoderne Reader, it : editions, 2007
User’s Manual: The Grand Domestic Revolution, Mafalda Dâmaso, Casco Office for Art, Design
& Theory, 2010
Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, Walther Konig, 2008
W.D.A.O.V.T.O.P.N.N.M.T.B.V., Cneai=, 2008
Who is Alice, Sarah Poletti, 2009
You, me, here, now: seeing & subjectivity, Yeju Choi, 2009
Perpetual Proposal is a system to initiate and record the flow of books within an exhibition as reading room. The Books (selected by Sophie Demay and Charlotte Cheetham) all deal with the form and content of the book as a subject. Being interested in mathematician and librarian S.R. Raganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science*, Fay and Oliver encourage visitors to the exhibition to select books from the peg board display and browse through them at their leisure. Investigating the idea of a reader as both a consumer and (re)producer of knowledge Fay and Oliver ask visitors to select a page using a book mark for our librarian to copy. The rationale behind page selection is left in hands of each reader.
Throughout his/her shift the librarian will copy and index selected pages, binding them into a compendium that will enter the selection of exhibited books each day. These new additions both document the use of, and add to, the collection of exhibited books.
* Raganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science are:
1. BOOKS ARE FOR USE.
2. EVERY READER HIS (OR HER) BOOK.
3. EVERY BOOK ITS READER.
4. SAVE THE TIME OF THE USER
5. THE LIBRARY IS A GROWING ORGANISM
Here is a diagram that charts the proposed flow of books around the space:
Open Books exhibition is now open!
all informations and details very soon.
Come and meet the Open Books librarians of the “Perpetual Proposal” space & classification by Fay Nicholson & Oliver Smith.
Mon./Tue. 12-5pm; Wed. 1-6pm; Thu. 2-7pm; Fri./Sat. 1-6pm
All the programme here: http://open-books.tumblr.com/post/3345539947
“THE SERVING LIBRARY is a collectively-built archive. It consists of three parts: 1. an ambitious public website; 2. a small physical library space; 3. a publishing program which runs both through the website (#1) and through the space (#2). This is a long-term project being developed by Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer and David Reinfurt. Together we are just beginning so we need your help to build our library and construct a new model for this old institution…”
Archive books is an independent art publisher based in Berlin and founded in Turin back in 2007. Archive books has since developed a range of publishing activities dedicated to contemporary art. Its program includes artists’ books, monographs, essays and catalogues. Artists’ books are an integral part of Archive books work. This medium of expression is one if its kind. Transforming the method of conveying art into art itself is essential to the exploration of meaning and value.
Any form of communication is an interpretation of its own and treating it as such has resulted in some of the most striking works of art. True to its idea of publishing, Archive books works as an independent producer as well as a partner for institutions.
Archive Kabinett’s purpose is to create a space to experiment with formats and concepts related to the publishing field, to stimulate a challenging collaboration between artists, writers and curators while exploring their roles. Archive Kabinett aims not only at fostering art but also at defining and developing a platform for art publishing. Its intent is to present the viewer with thought-provoking events, to encourage a critical discussion around “contemporary culture” through artists lectures, exhibitions and talks and to promote curiosity for every field. Devoted to research and reflection on artistic, social, and political practices, Archive Kabinett aims to translate, organize and circulate theoretical materials. Archive Kabinett is the headquarters of Archive Books and Archive Journal.
Archive Journal is a quarterly journal comprised of both new and already existing material. The format and structure of Archive Journal intends to reflect ideas of possible archiving, by being composed of differing, open-ended, yet interconnected sections, some will run over consecutive issues, some may disappear to reappear in the future, and some may cease to exist completely. By publishing this discourse it brings to light a possible interpretation of history, like a conscious point of view on contemporaneity, while also pointing to the necessity to reflect on those principles and rules that construct our cultural environment. Archive Journal is an inquiry on that place in between the notion of tradition and authorial work that we call history or reality.
On Growth, & Forms of Meaning
2010 marked 150 years since the birth of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson – the biologist, mathematician and classicist whose landmark book On Growth & Form pioneered the science of bio-mathematics and has had a profound influence on art, architecture, engineering and anthropology among others. Major artists and thinkers from Henry Moore, Le Corbusier and Jackson Pollock to Claude Levi-Strauss, Alan Turing and Stephen Jay Gould have drawn on his work. The book’s fascinating diagrams have become icons of visual thinking.
Forms of Meaning consisted of a series of discussions that aimed to use D’Arcy’s work as the starting point for informal ‘experimental’ natural conversations that explored ideas around visual thinking both orally and visually. The content of these conversations were incorporated into a publication, made in situ over three days, by artist Tracy Mackenna and designer Marco Stout.
Tracy Mackenna and Marco Stout are working on site in a specially designed open studio, where informal ‘experimental’ conversations took place during the week, exploring ideas around visual thinking in the work of biologist, mathematician and classicist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson.
The content of the conversations is being incorporated into a publication, made in situ in the studio that presents artefacts from University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Museum, selected by Edwin Janssen. The objects in their new environment stimulate conversation and communication between Marco, Edwin and Tracy, staff, students and visitors.
The publication is being made by ‘listening-in’ to the expert conversations, enabling a subjective, interpretative response to take place, and through visual and verbal dialogue between Tracy and Marco. This approach develops Stout/Kramer’s long collaboration with Tracy and Edwin. It also extends their use of the subjective voice, as in the 2004 video work Growth, Form and the Inevitability of Herself and Tracy’s practice of ‘performative writing’ – writing generated live in response to a set of subjects within a curated environment.
The publication will be a new addition to the Visual Research Centre’s Centre for Artists’ Books, printed in the visual publishing studio. The publication will have hand-written, printed and silk-screened elements and can be purchased via firstname.lastname@example.org .