Traditional and emerging formats of artists' books: Where do we go from here?
The Performance Re-Enactment Society and Julian Warren : UK
The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a Journey
Clare Thornton, Paul Clarke - members of The Performance Re-Enactment Society, and Julian Warren, Arnolfini's Archivist, were all involved in curating the recent exhibition 'The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a Journey' at Arnolfini. Drawing on examples from the exhibition, their paper, in the form of a dialogue, opened the work of the book to both the art event it documents and the actions it calls-for or produces.
Book works, printed and re-printed as editions proliferate, are distributed and displaced geographically and exchanged between generations, questioning the artworld's commodification of a singular, original object. This bears some relationship to ephemeral art and performance works, which are re-performed and repeated differently in various contexts. In response to, 'Where do we go from here?' they discussed book works' call to future action, re-making and re-performing rather than re-reading, opening the frame of book works to events that come before and after.
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