Book Arts

An exhibition hosted by Bower Ashton Library, Bristol, UK

World Book Night 2022 – Ghosts in the Machine

Weds 13th April – Weds 29th June 2022

The theme of our WBN United Artists participatory call for 2022 was Ghosts in the Machine.

Inspired by haunting tales written by authors including M. R. James, Shirley Jackson, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Pierre de Ronsard, Fritz Lieber, Toni Morrison, Jan Pienkowski, Pu Songling, Astrid Lindgren, Aoko Matsuda, Stanisław Herman Lem and Daphne du Maurier, project participants were invited to create an image that we could print in black and white and tell us their favourite ghost story.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We’ve now taken the ghostly images and tales out of the ecto-containment facility to prepare the exhibition, video and artist’s book. We received 93 spectral contributions from artists, writers and the public in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, UK & Ireland, and the USA.

The project was set as an optional brief for students of the Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture and Higher Diploma in Illustration programmes at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Department of Communication Design, Hong Kong, organised by Jessica Ho Yuk Ching. The works by these students will also be on show in the library exhibition here at Bower Ashton.

The exhibition is open to the public from Weds 13th April – Weds 29th June 2022 and will also form part of the displays for the weekend of Bristol Artist’s Book Event here at Bower Ashton.

Our Ghosts in the Machine WBN publication is an A4 loose-leaf artist’s book which can be taken apart and made into a portable exhibition. Produced in an edition of 100, housed in a string tied envelope with a screenprinted title. The block of pages has been fastened with a band made from old chart recorder papers so each one in the edition of 100 is unique. A copy of the publication is sent to each participant and the remainder donated to libraries and archives. You can download a pdf version of the publication here.

Our video with visual contributions by the artists/writers and music by Butler & Smith launched on the evening of Saturday 23rd April, World Book Night 2022. You can watch it here.

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UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT.