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Indirections #10

More news, pamphlet #10 is now available within the series Indirections.

The series focuses on the manoeuvring involved when ideas are presented to the public eye with the aim of persuasion. Whether we look at Soviet propaganda or at minor deceits in the local newspaper: things are bent, spun and twisted. The series presents found image-and-caption combinations from books, leaflets and newspapers. Each item in the series is a folded sheet containing a single found image with its caption. The caption is on the front, the image is hidden inside.

More details about the pamphlets and now also a complete overview can be found here.

The pamphlets are priced at €7,50. Order through the webshop or by email.

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October 30, 2019 at 1:14 pm

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A History of Dogma

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I’m happy to announce my newest book: A History of Dogma.

It is based on a book about the history of dogma (a 1951 copy of Walther Köhler’s Dogmengeschichte) that I came upon at a second-hand booksale in my hometown. This book, it was clear, had been expertly read by its previous owner. The markings left by this most dutiful reader, who essentially created a new history of dogma, are presented here.

The edition is limited to 75 numbered copies and the books are handmade. I printed them myself for color and reproduction accuracy, and bound them by hand using cold glue, a few tools and a lot of patience. It did occur to me at times that the stubborn working methods behind this very simple but highly labor-intensive book were mirroring or even outdoing the activity of the anonymous reader whose marks I was preserving.

See more images here.

The book is priced at € 50,- plus shipping. Order through email or through the webshop. Or pick up a copy at my table at the Small Publishers Fair in London on November 15/16.

Inkjet print, full color. Perfect bound paperback, cover of embossed paper, 14 x 21 cm. 114 pages.

 

 

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October 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm

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Small Publishers Fair London

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On November 15 and 16 I’ll be participating in the Small Publishers Fair in London for the first time. My new book A History of Dogma will be launched there, details about the book will follow soon. There will also be a selection of my other books available, including the full set of Indirections, which if the printer delivers on time should by then number 10 pamphlets.

Practical details about the fair can be found here, and an overview of participants here. There will be an exhibition connected to the fair and a program of talks.

Opening hours:
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November from 11 AM to 7 PM.
There is free admission.

Location:
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL

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October 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

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Exhibition Walt Whitman’s Words

Song of Myself will be on view in the exhibition ‘Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today’ at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. The show was curated by Deirdre Lawrence and runs from October 3 to December 14.

More info to be found here on the site of the Center for Book Arts.

2019 is the 200th birthday year of Walt Whitman (1819-1892). In addition to his work as a poet, Whitman is also remembered as a book designer and printer, essayist and journalist. The Center for Book Arts is marking this bi-centennial by looking at how Whitman’s writings have influenced contemporary artists working in the book arts. ‘Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today’ follows several themes Whitman focused on in his writings, providing the connective tissue that links these works together. Geography, history, identity and immigration are a few themes that emerge from the works of art on view. Whitman’s fascination with Ancient Egypt, photography as a branding tool, and his notion of the world as he imagined it are all evident in the art on view. These diverse objects range from books, drawings, photographs, sketches, broadsides and a scroll.

Artists include: Isabel Baraona, Sasha Chavchavadze, Allen Crawford, Marianne Dages, Brian Dettmer, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Evelyn Eller, Anne Gilman, Donald Glaister, Sam Gordon, Barbara Henry, Meg Hitchcock, Timothy Hull and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sam Ita, Stefan Killen, Richard Kostelanetz, Karen Kunc, Sophia Le Fraga, Angela Lorenz, Russell Maret, Barry McCallion, Mark McMurray, Susan Newmark, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Brian Selznick, Clarissa Sligh, Peter Spagnuolo, Elisabeth Tonnard, Walt Whitman, Rutherford Witthus, Marilyn Zornado.

The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr
New York, NY 10001

Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

September 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm

The PhotoBook Review

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For those interested in image-text works, see the new PhotoBook Review (#16, Spring 2019) published by Aperture and guest-edited by Federica Chiocchetti. If you turn to the centerfold you’ll find a collaboration by Jason Fulford and myself.

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August 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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Indirections #9

A new pamphlet was published within the series Indirections. It is #9 in this series of image-text pamphlets.

The series focuses on the manoeuvring involved when ideas are presented to the public eye with the aim of persuasion. Whether it’s the deceptions of Soviet propaganda or the minor deceits that I find in my local newspaper, things are bent and spun and twisted into what the powers that be want us to believe. The series demonstrates this by showing found image-and-caption combinations from books, leaflets and newspapers. Each item in the series is a folded sheet containing a single found image with its caption. The caption is on the front, the image is hidden inside. By uncoupling them, the two elements are each given their own stage – as a result a new space opens up between them. In that space a small tragicomedy is played out. It appears that at times images can be a bit stubborn and reveal slightly different truths from the ones implied by the words coupled to them.

More details about the pamphlets can be found here. Johan Velter recently wrote about the series in this post on his blog (in Dutch).

The #9 pamphlet can now be ordered, copies of #1 to 8 are still available as well. They are priced at €7,50. Order through the webshop or by email. A flat fee for shipping applies.

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August 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

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The Plan at museum Villa Stuck

Here are some first installation photos of my presentation of The Plan in the exhibition Von Ferne. Bilder zur DDR (From Far Away. Images of the GDR) at Museum Villa Stuck in Munich. The show focuses on art projects that are concerned with the visual legacy, specifically when it comes to photographic images, of the GDR. More information is available here (in German). Thanks to Joachim Schmid for the images below.

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Installation of The Plan. A copy of the Plan in wooden frame, 9 GDR folders containing further copies of the Plan, 24 photographs in vitrine, text in golden letters on wall.

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Vitrine with 24 photographs.

Floor plan

I was asked to develop a concept for the floor plan of the show, relating it to my project. Visitors to the exhibition receive this floor plan when entering the museum, the blank side is stamped then and there. When using the plan, visitors automatically take on poses analogous to the ones shown in The Plan.

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Floor plan.

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A visitor with the floor plan.

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Further study of the floor plan.

Catalogue

The catalogue for the show was published by Walther König Verlag. It is bilingual in German and English and gives a good overview of the wealth of work in the show through artist’s contributions and several essays. Editors: Michael Buhrs and Sabine Schmid.

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Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

June 26, 2019 at 5:08 pm