The Fernand Baudin Prize is awarded every year for the most attractive editions and beautifully crafted books in Brussels and Wallonia. This is the fifth time the prize has been awarded and now a new, additional concept is being introduced: a book club.
Once a month, at various cultural locations, the Fernand Baudin Prize provides an opportunity to share and exchange ideas and opinions about books. The idea is simple: bring along a book and introduce it to the others. Give a short presentation, exchange opinions about the design, read an excerpt aloud, add a personal anecdote or an in-depth analysis: all stories and contributions are welcome. The book club embraces everyone: every reader or booklover, professional as well as amateur writers and all manner of book producers. Upcoming rendezvous, April 23, 2014, 6.30pm, Beursschouwburg, Brussel.
Chapters I-XXX is a book published in conjunction with the exhibitions of the artist Haris Epaminonda (Chapter IV at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice & Vol. XIV at Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia).
In tracing some of the notions and narratives embedded in Chapters, a 16 mm film shot in Cyprus in 2012, the idea of making a book came about as an exercise, or rather an experiment, to deconstruct the film into some of its subject matters. Embarking on a new set of associations between image and subject, source and information, meaning and abstraction, this book is both a document and a memory map, tracing the beginnings of a thought, a time, an image, a place.
The book aims at being a sort of encyclopedia, regardless of the impossibility of such a task. The reference material of the artist’s latest film Chapters is collected in these 30 posters. Printed in two copies each, they constitute a limited run edition of 60 signed posters.
131 Variations, a project by Fleur van Dodewaard, is a reinterpretation of Sol Lewitt’s 122 Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes. Assisted by two mathematicians Lewitt succeeded in visualizing 122 variations on an open cube that was defined only by its edges. What distinguished these from ordinary 12-edged cubes was that only between 3 and 11 edges were visible, meaning that to obtain an image of the full cube the beholder had to complete the three-dimensional form in the mind. In his quest, Lewitt discovered 122 ways of leaving the cube unfinished.
Fleur van Dodewaard set about recreating and photographing the piece seeking to produce an exact copy. But in the process things went wrong: some cubes went missing, others appeared double and previously unknown variants arose. With her 131 Variations Fleur van Dodewaard demonstrates that the 122 variations listed and presented by Lewitt did not represent an exhaustive spectrum of all conceivable possibilities. Accordingly, the “failure” consciously introduces moments of arbitrariness, inconsistency and irrationality into this aleatory process to allow for an element of coincidence, thereby challenging mathematical logic.
131 Variations seeks to debate the issues of authenticity, appropriation and reproduction, while challenging the role of photography as a medium to represent reality. Exhibition until April 5, Hauser gallery, Zürich; Book launch, March 30, 4pm, Foam, Amsterdam.
En 1971 John Berger imagine avec le producteur Michael Dibb la série Ways of seeing pour la chaîne de télévision de la BBC. Cette série rencontre à l’époque un grand succès. L’année suivante un livre du même nom, fruit d’une collaboration entre Berger, Dibb, Chris Fox, l’artiste Sven Blomberg et le graphiste Richard Hollis est publié. C’est bien la vision typographique d’une justesse irréfutable créée par ce dernier qui fera entrer l’ouvrage dans la bibliothèque des designers.
En sept essais, Berger rappelle les modalités de commande des peintures de la renaissance et démontre ainsi le pouvoir de la classe dominante. Il analyse la filiation entre ces modalités et le développement et l’omniprésence des codes de la publicité dans notre société capitaliste contemporaine. Il encourage ainsi le spectateur-lecteur à questionner les images qui l’entourent au quotidien.
En nous montrant comment voir différemment des tableaux que tant de musées présentent comme des reliques sacrées, John Berger nous invite à une réappropriation critique de notre héritage culturel. Il s’appuie sur près de 160 reproductions de tableaux et d’images publicitaires, et analyse le traitement du corps féminin dans l’histoire de l’art parallèlement à nos relations aux objets, au pouvoir et à la propriété.
Si la société s’est beaucoup modifiée depuis 1972 et l’écriture de ce texte, reflétant aujourd’hui plus largement les valeurs du modèle capitaliste qu’à l’époque, l’enjeu fondamentalement politique de Voir le voir reste cependant le même.
La version française, Voir le voir, que B42 republie est un facsimile de l’édition originale anglaise parue en 1972. La traduction est une reprise de la version établie par Monique Triomphe pour les éditions Alain Moreau en 1976.
Le festival Cinéma du réel, au Centre Pompidou, Paris, propose le samedi 29 mars Ways of Telling, un évènement autour du travail de John Berger.
Since 1967, designers and architects Trix and Robert Haussmann have built an idiosyncratic oeuvre that has continuously challenged architectural, design and aesthetic conventions. In the 1960?s they began to elaborate a complex language that can be viewed as an early post-modern or Radical Design position. Throughout their fifty year long career they have explored many creative perspectives, such as poetry composed by chance, drawings, collages and texts.
Disrupting or “destroying” spaces and forms could be one of the Haussman?s mottos. For instance, their drawer, shaped in the form of a Greek column, is literally “destroyed” by its function (the opened drawers). This work in particular is a direct, deadpan nod to Sullivan?s famous statement “form follows function”. It?s not surprising that the Haussman?s 1981 manifesto was published under the title of “Manierismo Critico”. In contrast to other designers and architects, Trix and Robert Haussmann are acutely conscious that an object can be more a vector of meaning than a functional or aesthetic item. This relationship to the object opened them up to a broader vision of what it means to be an architect today.
The exhibition, from April 26 to June 15, 2014, at Fri Art, Fribourg, entirely conceived in close collaboration with the architects over a long period of time, examines every aspect of their research. Nevertheless, far from being a classical retrospective, it will weave together different bodies of works.
Everything is About to Happen – An ongoing archive of artists’ books selected by Gregorio Magnani, March 14 to April 26, 2014, Corvi-Mora, London – presents circa 300 books in an attempt to offer an overview, and initiate an archive, of recent artists’ books. It focuses on publication as a medium and context for art practices. It looks at the ways in which artists use the format of the book as an artistic strategy exploiting, and often expanding upon, its nature as a fixed but randomly accessible sequence of words and images.
All the books selected are either self-published or participate in a minor economy of small publishers. Their modes of production and circulation, as well as the conditions under which they are experienced and stored, strengthen their content.
The exhibition attempts to address this through different modes of presentation: a vast communal display table, a more concentrated reading station, and an exact catalogue. A certain surplus of vitality, a metaphoric, affective and social overflow of the codex structure is underlined.
With books by AND Publishing & Åbäke, Kasper Andreasen, blisterZine, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Mariana Castillo Deball, Paul Elliman, Arnaud Desjardin, Michael Dean, Karl Homqvist, La Biblioteque Fantastique, Louis Lüthi, Jurgen Maelfeyt, Dan Mitchell, Sara MacKillop, Sophie Nys, Simon Popper, Preston is my Paris, Alessandro Roma, John Russell, Izet Sheshivari, Erik Steinbrecher, Triin Tamm, Erik van der Weijde, Jean-Michel Wicker.
Since five years, two schools with a course in Graphic Design, Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEZ), Arnhem, The Netherlands and ISIA Urbino, Italy, joined together to set up an international Summer School. The sixth edition will take place from July 20th till August 1st in the renaissance town of Urbino.
The supervisors during the two week workshop will be Karel Martens, Armand Mevis, Maureen Mooren and Leonardo Sonnoli and the call for application is dedicated to (young) professionals and students in the field of (graphic) design, and surrounded practices (like writing, photography, illustration, publishing), or art, architecture and theory related practices.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, what your background is, what your interests are, how much experience or education you had. This Summer School offers an opportunity for anyone who is talented, inspiring and a non-conventional thinker and maker. Candidates, with an authentic, open and critical mind, who are interested to learn, to explore and re-think their own work in a unique context and who don’t mind working over summer are welcome to apply.
First published in 1970 and long out of print, visionary artist Robert Filliou’s essential primer Teaching and Learning as Performing Arts has now been reprinted in its entirety by Occasional Papers. Along with extensive writing by Filliou, the book includes interviews with numerous artists close to him, such as Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, John Cage, Dorothy Iannone, Allan Kaprow and Diter Rot.
This edition is an exact facsimile of the original, in order to preserve its highly inventive bilingual (English/German) layout and idiosyncratic composition.
March 13, from 7pm, at Whitechapel Gallery, London, the launch will be the occasion to a conversation with Clive Robertson, who worked extensively with Filliou, recordings of Filliou’s performance-lecture, The Gong Show, and a presentation by artist Richard Demarco, followed by an in conversation with co-founder of Occasional Papers Antony Hudek.
The Jan van Eyck go club, a project by artist Christophe Lemaitre, was an aesthetics club that materialised in the form of a Go club. It was conceived as an artwork for the public sphere and took place from January to December 2012 in a space at the Jan van Eyck Academie. The Book of Go is a diptych which extends and explores the issues addressed by the Jan van Eyck go club. The first of the two project’s parts, subtitled The Cognition of Forms, is a split screen-print (Text and pictures) which can be folded like a book, a painted book. Initially an attempt to define what is a shape at the game of Go, what is the concept of a territory, the text considers Go as a morphogenetic process and attempts to re-think Go as a perceptive experience rather than a game. Stated as a work of art on its own right, this first Book serves as a preface to the second, yet to come.
Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) was an artist, teacher, philosopher, political activist and possibly one of the most innovative and unusual pop artists of the 1960s. She was a nun in the Catholic Church until 1968 when Sister Corita sought dispensation from her vows. For over 30 years, in the heart of Los Angeles, Corita produced a variety of serigraph or screen-printed images. The retrospective exhibition Let The Sun Shine In – until May 10, 2014, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin – documents Corita’s practice during that time.
As a pop artist, Corita primarily focused on text and vibrant color, manipulated type and images appropriated from the newly burgeoning consumer culture of her era.
After leaving the church in the late 1960s, Corita’s works took a grand stylistic turn. She all but abandoned the neon-soaked Psychedelia of her previous works, and opted instead for a more subtle, nuanced approach to art making.
Corita first taught, and subsequently became chair of the art department at Los Angeles’s Immaculate Heart College, where she became famous for her novel pedagogical methods. Her students helped produce her serigraphs, and her inventive teaching practices encouraged them to look hard and work harder, leaving a lasting impact on the way they encountered the world. With fame also came the opportunity to invite her contemporaries to speak at her lectures. Illustrious speakers including luminaries such as designers Charles and Ray Eames, composer John Cage, graphic designer Saul Bass and film director Alfred Hitchcock.
Upcoming exhibition, But, there is only one thing that has power, from March 12 to April 19, 2014, Galerie Allen, Paris.
L’appellation “Op art”, qui trouve son origine dans l’abréviation de l’expression “optimal art”, s’impose en Europe dans les années 60. Ce mouvement artistique renoue avec l’abstraction géométrique en cherchant à créer des jeux optiques et des effets d’illusions pouvant s’inscrire à la surface de la rétine.
L’exposition Op & Post-op Editions – du 8 mars au 12 avril, 2014, Florence Loewy by artists…, Paris – associe des éditions et des livres d’artistes de Tauba Auerbach, Sigrid Calon, Philippe Decrauzat, François Morellet, Dan Walsh.
Mark Pezinger Verlag is an artist-run publishing house, founded in 2009 and based in Vienna and berlin. the collective (Astrid Seme, Karsten Födinger, Natalie Obert and Thomas Geiger) works beyond conventional structures to explore further possibilities for the artist book. the publications that have been realized are ranging from books to sound works and from one-offs to higher editions.
The exhibition Mark Pezinger works both ways – From Performance to Publication focuses on the performative dimensions of Mark Pezinger Verlag and offers the oppurtunity to experience the publishing house as an economical, social and dynamical sculpture. March 14 to May 4, 2014, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille.
The lecture series Common Grounds, Common Practices is dedicated to how contemporary graphic design actively influences and benefits from related disciplines. By inviting a variety of speakers for conversations about their work and their relationships to working itself, this series celebrates shared ideals and collaborative practices within fine arts, moving images, new media, and editorial and graphic design. At the core of this lecture series is the suggestion that basic principles of graphic design can be found within various disciplines, whether or not these are connected to conventional methods of print or digital reproduction and communication. Starting from the premise that graphic design is a discipline that “connects and communicates,” the series inspires a discussion about how graphic design may be understood as a more influential factor than generally acknowledged, and as a common ground for other disciplines, which could be considered as graphic design’s most relevant role today.
The third edition of the lecture series – April 4, 2013, 7:30pm, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam – features the internationally renowned researchers and Artist and educator Luis Jacob and artist Glenn Lewis. During the talk, both Luis Jacob and Glenn Lewis will present their practices. They will also discuss the rich history of collaborations, artist groups, correspondence networks and alternative means of dissemination and presentation of art works in the past and today.
They look at each other. Both are smiling, faintly (Harold Pinter, The Caretaker), Paul Elliman, 2004
For the talk titled “The Myth of Life; metal, plastic, paper and rubber with electrical components”, Paul Elliman will talk about the references to the Frankenstein story which occur within his work.
Accompanying the talk will be a presentation of the Mary Shelley Facsimile Library, a supplement to the WT Library where participants accumulate bibliographies for their thesis as reference for their work and for future participants.
An invitation by the Werkplaats Typografie, Hosted by HEAD, March 3, 7:30pm, Boulevard Helvétique 9, Geneva.
Bold Italic is an entire day related to graphic design with lectures and presentations. The guests of the 10th and final edition – March 20 in Gent – are Omar Sosa (Apartamento Magazine), Dimitri Broquard & Bastien Aubry, Manuel Raeder, officeabc in conversation with Christophe Lemaitre, and Stuart Bailey.
‘Fresh anarchy’ is a way to describe the work of Dutch photographer Jaap Scheeren. With his own, slightly absurdistic, style he investigates the coherence between reality and photography. By doing so Scheeren developed a visual world in which he follows its own intuition, logic and rules. Always with a humorous twist. Jaap Scheeren Cut Shaving, The Xerox Edition combines for the first time all of Schereen’s work. The publication explores ways of reproducing photography, photo books and visual archives, resulting in a a fresh and anarchistic publication that is not just documenting Scheeren’s oeuvre, but also becomes part of it.
Harun Farocki Diagrams. Images from Ten Films, edited by Benedikt Reichenbach, attempts to map a visual approach to one of the world’s foremost documentary and essay filmmakers, Harun Farocki. Unlike the many other, more theoretical publications about his work, this book operates with still images beyond an illustrative or documentary purpose. By means of repetition, interruption and displacement, the configurations pursue specific movements within each film, taking into account mechanisms of order and open-endedness that are characteristic for Farocki’s work in general. “Diagrams” traces the dynamics of ten of Farocki’s films and presents them along with each film’s complete commentaries, dialogues and intertitles, celebrating their major critical gesture: the exposition of mediality.
Talk & screening, with Harun Farocki and Anselm Franke, March 6, 2014, 7pm, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin.
Muriel Cooper worked across four decades at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in overlapping roles as a graphic designer, teacher, and researcher. Spanning the transition from print, to early explorations of digital typography, to fully evolved information environments, Cooper’s tenure at MIT maps onto one of the most dynamic periods of the school’s technical, conceptual and theoretical development.
As the first Design Director of the MIT Press, Cooper established a comprehensive publishing program and designed books like The Bauhaus (1969) and Learning from Las Vegas (1972). As co-founder of the Visible Language Workshop, she taught experimental printing, tested large-format Polaroid photography, and integrated video systems in MITs Department of Architecture. And at the MIT Media Lab, she developed some of the earliest computer interfaces and educated a generation of designers. Throughout, her approach remained consistent: creating tools and systems for rapid feedback, dissolving boundaries between design and production, and restlessly seeking out new problems.
The exhibition Messages and Means: Muriel Cooper at MIT, organized by David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger with Mark Wasiuta, will take place at Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University, New York, from February 25 to March 28, 2014.
Oraibi – librairie itinérante et structure curatoriale basée à genève – invite l’artiste et designer Clémence Seilles, accompagnée de The Estate of Matt Montini, à produire un dispositif de présentation d’une sélection de livres, du 14 au 16 février 2014, à Rosa Brux, Bruxelles. Choisis parmi son catalogue, les ouvrages s’articulent autour des sources littéraires et artistiques d’un psychédélisme revisité, paneuropéen et francophone : livres anciens, raretés, poésie surréaliste, manifestes, revues psychédéliques, catalogues d’exposition, littérature, publications récentes et inédites.