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Welcome to Booktube
This section is home to some of the book-related movie activity here at the Centre for Fine Print Research.

In 2008, we launched our
Reading Around project, inviting artists to each send a page of work to slip into books and for an online gallery which involved movies including Guy Begbie's Books in Transit. Since then, over the last few years we have made our own videos in transit, mostly from photo stills, that tell the story of our books being made en-route to their destinations. We began with Ø Cherry Blossom Island Tree in 2009, when we produced a unique bookwork for the first Doverodde Book Art Festival, which documented the making of the piece and its journey by car and ferry from Bristol to Doverodde, Denmark. A Place of Interest followed in 2010, involving more collaborators with photography and accompanying soundtrack.

Having begun to document books in this way, we continued with
Dinner and a Rose in 2010; a collaboration between Sarah Bodman and Nancy Campbell, inviting guests to join them for a book dinner for World Book Night. The book was commissioned as part of the University of Dundee's AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition, and the video showed the preparation and consumption of Ripley's meals from Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr Ripley, in a live performance. We had such fun with this, that it is now an annual event, with a new novel dinner/performance movie and bookwork being made each World Book Night. TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake produced on World Book Night, Saturday 5th March 2011, was a tribute to Douglas Coupland's novel The Gum Thief, and consisted of an evening of nothing being cooked, Chinese food having to be ordered in and eaten off of paper plates from Staples whilst making the book. For World Book Night in 2012, we produced The Secrets of Metahemeralism, an artist's book, letterpress print and video launch on 23rd April, in tribute to The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Video bookworks include
No Dutch Details, a silent tribute film produced by Tom and Sarah on an intercity train in 2011, using the zoom-in camera format of Ed Ruscha's Dutch Details (Deventer, The Netherlands: Stichting Octopus / Sonsbeek 71, 1971). The film is a chronological tribute to of all Ruscha's books published between 1963 and 1978, but using only props found or created in miniature that could be photographed on the train. The film, of course fails to produce a faithful reproduction of any of Ruscha's books, as the end titles indicate, and references Tom's knowingly futile attempts to recreate seminal works from 1970s Los Angeles in 21st Century Europe.
Other links include student works -
Charlotte Hall's animations of her one-off and editioned books, and recordings of public lectures.

We will be adding more as we go along, so please visit again to see what goes up next…

Sarah Bodman


Radosław Nowakowski
Dabrowa Dolna, Bodzentyn, Kielce, Poland
A series of videos featuring the work of Radosław Nowakowski, a Polish artist who has been making books since 1974. These interviews took place during a visit by Sarah and Tom in 2008 at Nowakowski's home in the hamlet of Dabrowa Dolna near Kielce in central Poland, where many of his books themes are based.

There are nine Hi-Def videos of varying duration in total within this section.

 
Radoslaw
  Nowakowski
A.M.D.G.
A.M.D.G.
Jim Butler., 2013
This artist's book traces a childhood friendship into adulthood. Each spread covers an academic year, starting in September 1975 and running to August 1995.
RT 01:14min
  'A Place of Interest ?' Sarah Bodman & Tom Sowden
A Place of Interest?
Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden
For Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2010?A film of the journey from Bristol to Doverodde, and the making of the artist's book, A Place of Interest.
RT 04:58min
'A-Z', Charlotte Hall, 2012
A-Z

Charlotte Hall, 2012
The idea of making an insect A-Z had been burning away for a while, so a few weeks ago I decided it was time to act after finishing the first edition of X.
RT 01:57mins
  'Books in Transit', Guy Begbie 2008
Books in Transit
Guy Begbie, 2008
Movie and artists' books made by Guy Begbie on World Book Day 06/03/08, whilst travelling on the M1 motorway to the Leeds Artist's Book Fair.
RT 01:40mins
'Exquisite Corpse', Charlotte Hall; 2012
Exquisite Corpse
2012
Charlotte Hall
Insects transforming, rubber-stamped book. This book was made by hand in an edition, using the principles of Stephen's registration process.
RT 00:16mins
  'Dinner and a Rose ' Sarah Bodman & Nancy Campbell; 2010
Dinner and a Rose 2010
Sarah Bodman & Nancy Campbell,
Sarah Bodman and Nancy Campbell produced
Dinner and a Rose, an artist's book in homage to the novel, The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.
RT 04:53mins
Ø - Cherry Blossom Island Tree
Ø - Cherry Blossom Island Tree Sarah Bodman & Tom Sowden
A cherry tree on a small island, dreams of all the other islands it might meet as it travels across the sea leaving a trail of island blossom in its wake. 2009

RT 04:47mins
  No Dutch Details, 2011
No Dutch Details 2011
Sarah Bodman & Tom Sowden.
Sarah and Tom decided to make a video tribute to Ed Ruscha's book
Dutch Details whilst travelling
(Ed Ruscha, Stichting Octopus / Sonsbeek 71, Deventer, The Netherlands, 1971).
RT 03:33mins
The Secrets of Metahemeralism by
The Secrets of Metahemeralism by
Anonymous,
2012
An artist's book, letterpress print and video launch on World Book Night 23rd April 2012, for our project in tribute to
The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
RT 04:14mins
  'TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake', 2011
TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake
For World Book Night, Saturday 5th March 2011. In tribute to Douglas Coupland's novel
The Gum Thief, an evening of nothing being cooked, Chinese food having to be ordered in and eaten off of paper plates from Staples.
RT 05:37mins
Sarah Bodman on artists' publishing in the 21st century
Sarah Bodman on artists' publishing in the 21st century
In this video slideshow, artists' books specialist Sarah Bodman presents contemporary works from Europe and further afield, reflecting the variety of 21st-century book arts.
RT 41:07mins