6th Norddeutsche Handpressenmesse
Museum der Arbeit / Museum of Work, Hamburg
16th - 18th January 2009
On our way to the BuchDruckKunst we also visited the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Braunschweig to give a lecture to the staff and students, and to interview the artist Ulrike Stoltz about her book art practice for our AHRC project What will be the canon for the artist’s book in the 21st Century? In an arena that now includes both digital and traditionally produced artists’ books, what will constitute the concepts of artists’ publishing in the future?.
We then moved on to Hamburg for the BuchDruckKunst - 6th Norddeutsche Handpressenmesse 2009 at the invitation of Jürgen Bönig, Director of the Museum der Arbeit and Wibke Bartkowiak, Director of the BuchDruckKunst who asked us to demonstrate the use of Digital and Publish-on-Demand for the public and exhibitors at the event.We used this opportunity to demonstrate and present some examples of digitally produced books that we are examining for the project, and presented a talk on digital print at the opening.
Bernd Heußinger loaned us his Epson 7600 printer (24 inches) and Innova Art Ltd supplied us with sheets of Smooth Cotton High White, double side coated 225 gsm Book Art Paper to demonstrate with. We printed double sided-sheets to fold into small books, we also showed books in production from InDesign, Illustrator and Quark, and large format sheets printed to fold into various book formats. We also showed book publishing with blurb.com and lulu.com, and examples of books published with these programmes and flip books published with iphoto.
We also showed a display of artists’ books created using digital and P-O-D production methods by: Helen Douglas, Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck, Lucy May Schofield, Lucy Badrocke, Hilary Judd, seekers of lice, Guy Begbie, Jane Hyslop, Tracey Bush, John Dilnot, Earle D Swope, Otto, Amber Hares, Laura Russell, Laurie Clark, Tobies Jacob & Friederike von Hellerman, Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller, Bracketpress, Cameron Fox and Meredith Swan, Conor Lucey, Andrew Eason, Angie Waller, A.C. Berkheiser, Louise Spencer, Anwen Williams and Savage.
We also showed a selection of our own digitally printed artists’ books produced at the Centre for Fine Print Research. The Handpressenmesse is a bi-annual event showcasing 50 national and international presses and book artists who work with traditional mediums such as letterpress, lithography and etching. Heinz Stefan Batkowiak also presented developments of his b-art1 online database of book artists and presses (www.forumbookart.com). The database has over 700 books online already, with details of more than 180 artists. It includes images and information on each book entered which is searchable by press, artist or author. Special exhibitions included a show of artists’ books from Turkey, curated by Nuran Terzioglu from Gallery Apel, and a selection of lithographic prints from the Internationale Senefleder-Stiftung in Offenbach am Main, of prize-winning artists, curated by Karl-Heinz Döbert.
Museum der Arbeit