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Artists' Books Seminar
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How are artists using and investigating new media for publishing?
Where are we going with this?
Where will the books end up?

University of the West of England, Bower Ashton Campus, Bristol
Thursday 8th May 2008

This was our first seminar, forming part of a-two-year, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
* funded project: 'In an arena including digital and traditional artists' publishing formats - what will be the canon for the artist's book in the 21st Century?' (March 2008 - February 2010). A day of presentations and discussions on current and future artist's books and multiples, which looked at aspects of utilising the Internet, from building your own website, to contributing to Wikipedia; artists' use of cellular technology and how we might collect future formats of artists' publishing.

         

The following downloads of the day's programme are available here as PDFs:

Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden : Introduction to the Project and Seminar Intro.pdf

The handout sheet of related weblinks from the day's discussions links.pdf

You can listen to audio recordings of the following talks and ensuing discussions:

Francis Elliott - Foundry. “I'm trying to raise the profile of artists' books on the web by focusing on specific works, writing a page on them and then posting each on Wikipedia. The web seems a particularly interesting way to create cultural memories. I want to create an interrelated net of the major 20th C. art books, if only in the hope that others who know more about them than me can expand the pages until they become really interesting. Any additions to my list of seminal works would be gratefully received.” elliott.mp3

You can also download a PDF version of
Francis Elliott's Possible Strategies For Exploiting Wikipedia For The Dissemination and Profiling of Artist's Books and Multiples on the Internet. Elliott.pdf

         

Maria Fusco - writer, critic and editor, Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths College in London. Maria discussed alternative methods of distribution, with particular focus on a number of contemporary artists' projects that challenge conventional boundaries of production and presentation. She also showed Doom Knots, her own artist's project which utilised Bluetooth to transmit a daily series of short texts to office workers in London. fusco.mp3

Dr Jackie Batey (Senior lecturer in Illustration, in the School of Art, Design & Media, University of Portsmouth) demonstrated how she uses the Internet for showing and marketing her books, and showed some Internet work in progress, including how to build a website. Jackie also showed some examples of her books and zines. batey.mp3

A discussion on collections and collecting; with
Linda Newington (Head of Faculty Services - Law, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Southampton Libraries and Head Librarian at Winchester School of Art) who works extensively with artists' books, and Dr Maureen O'Neill (Senior lecturer in Illustration, in the School of Art, Design & Media, University of Portsmouth) who has recently launched a new website called 'The Ministry of Books'. Linda and Maureen each gave a presentation on their work with books before a discussion with the audience on issues of collecting and accessing artists' books. collect.mp3

Links to the speaker's websites can be found with other related links can be found on the links.pdf

      

Many thanks to all of our speakers and attendees for their contributions to the day, and to
Vikki Hill for photography.

* The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The quality and range of research supported not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please see the website www.ahrc.ac.uk

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