Book Tube @ Book Arts
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…