4th ArtsLibris International Symposium

Faktura and Systematics of the Artist’s Book
Symposium 21-22.04.2017

Event Hall

The 4th International Symposium Faktura and Systematics of the Artist’s Book will be held on April 21st and 22nd. It will be divided into four conferences chaired by Glòria Picazo and Antonio Zúñiga and will include the participation of renowned professionals who will debate three aspects of the culture industry where books work as a space and creative sign: the institutional model, the publisher, and the artist’s work.

With: Michael Mack, David Senior, Miquel von Hafe Pérez, David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska

Pre-registration

General information: +34 935 671 110

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DATE

HOUR

TYPE

PARTICIPANTS

21.04.2017

19:00 h*

Publishing production and distribution

Michael Mack, founder and publishing director of Mack Books (London)

22.04.2017

12:30 h

Publishing production and the artist’s work

Miguel von Hafe Pérez, publisher at Inc. Livros e edições de autor (Porto) and curator, ex-director of CGAC

17:00 h*

Institutional model

David Senior, curator and bibliographer at MoMA Library (New York)

18:30 h*

The artist’s work

David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska, artist and publisher specialized on artists’ books, such as the project The Book Lovers

* Conferences in English with simultaneous translation to Catalan

 

Faktura and Systematics of the Artist’s Book

The artist’s book as we know it today was formalized among the innovative elements that emerged from the early 20th century artistic avant-garde movements, but it was not until the 1960s that it was further developed in Europe and North America.

The speakers taking part in this year’s ArtsLibris International Symposium come from London, New York, Warsaw and Lisbon. Forming an international quadrangle, or frieze, these professionals will outline three aspects of the culture industry that already featured in Lissitzky’s observations when in 1928 he referred to the book as a space and creative sign. These three aspects are the institutional model, the publisher, and the artist’s work in the medium of books, which combine to foment and modify the notion of the artist’s book ‘relaunched’ in the context of the ever-increasing number of fairs and the growth of specific collections within the archives departments of contemporary art museums. 

Representing the institutional model is David Senior. He will discuss the selection criteria used by the MoMA library and reveal how the collection’s contents are managed and made public.

The production and distribution of art books, where technique and industry come together to make real objects, is the area covered by publisher Michael Mack and curator Miguel von Hafe Pérez, who will focus on the decisive role of the publisher who builds up a collection purely on the production of books, and of the curator whose selection of exhibition material forms a body that also shapes the idea of the artist’s book.

The third aspect of the symposium is the expansion and reconfiguration of the idea of the artist’s book in the figure of the artist him or herself. In The Books Lovers, artists David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska blur the professional margins and construct a curatorial piece with a set of books that acquire meaning through their project on the novel as artist’s book.

 

Organizates: Raiña Lupa

Support: Departament de Cultura

Collaborates: Ajuntament de Barcelona

Sponsors: Fundació Banc de Sabadell

Contributors