| Exhibition in the Artists' Books Study
Area at the Library
School of Art, Media and Design, UWE Bristol:
5th June - 9th July 2006
Hibrida Bookworks, curated by Miranda Schofield is one of a series of ‘Hibrida’ printmaking exhibitions, publishing and research projects which constitute an ambition to reiterate Bradford’s claim as a vital centre for printmaking, nationally and internationally.
Hibrida Bookworks will take place at UWE Bristol and at Unit 9, South Square Gallery Bradford in June 2006. Curated by Hibrida Press, which was established in 2004, with a specific remit of publishing collaborative works, which utilise new and old technologies. The works are drawn from staff and students with connections to the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Lithuania, The Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn, Estonia and Bradford School of Art. Arunas Gelunas, Associate Professor of Arts at Vilnius, is creating a project especially for the exhibition. Hibrida Publications featured alongside books from Lithuania and Estonia will include Lips a book of digital photo etching by In Colverson & Colin Lloyd; It’s A Frogs Dream produced using digital docutech and screenprint by John and Margaret Grant, developed with funding from the Arts Council England.
Hibrida 2, in 2005 was developed in partnership with artists from the Czech Republic and the UK. This was the first of a planned series of exhibitions and projects with artists from countries which joined the EU in 2004 or those who are to join before 2008. The exhibitions investigate the cultural - visual landscape of the new and old Europe and explores the interface between new and old technologies emerging within printmaking. One of the central concerns of Hibrida is to establish a platform for reflecting upon the expanded fields of printmaking both technological and social-cultural; like the boundaries of printmaking, the social-cultural boundaries of Europe are in flux. In order to explore this, ebb and flow collaborations, combinations and juxtapositions are at the heart of Hibrida.
These projects will be used to develop further collaborations between artists from Europe, building up towards Hibrida 2008. This will be a major exhibition modelled on the previous print Biennale’s, but with the emphasis on the new Europe and the impact of new technologies alongside traditional processes.
The Hibrida project as a whole is seen as open ended in its explorations of what is emerging from the overlaps of new and old contexts and concepts of both Europe and printmaking.