Elisabeth Tonnard

The Art of Reading, from William Kentridge to Wikipedia


A Dialogue in Useful Phrases and its sound project will be on view in the exhibition The Art of Reading: From William Kentridge to Wikipedia. The exhibition is curated by House of the Book, a collaboration between Museum Meermanno and the National Library of the Netherlands. Over twenty installations, arranged as experimental areas, give visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with different aspects of reading.

The exhibition will run from November 18 to March 4, 2018. The opening will take place on November 17th, you can see the details of the Dutch invitation by clicking the image above.

If you rather read books at home, A Dialogue in Useful Phrases can be ordered with free shipping until November 17. Order by email or through this link.

A Dialogue in Useful Phrases

Artists/projects: Scott Blake, Hole Punch Flipbook #2 (US, 2014); Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (US, 2012); Jan Dirk van der Burg, Tweetbundel (NL, 2015); Marinus van Dijke, Eye (NL, 2013); Paul Emmanuel, The Lost Men Project (ZA, 2006); Eyejack, Prosthetic Reality (AU, 2016); Juan Fontanive, Ornithology I (US, 2015); Carina Hesper, Like a Pearl in my Hand (NL, 2016); Mirabelle Jones, Asystole (US, 2017); William Kentridge, 2nd Hand Reading (ZA, 2014); Kraak & Smaak, Squeeze me (NL, 2004); Michael Mandiberg, Print Wikipedia (US, 2015); Didier Mutel, My way II (FR, 2014); Rick Myers, An Excavation, A Reading (GB, 2013); Heidi Neilson, Cloud Book Study (US, 2011); Orcam bril O.L.V.S. ; Joyce Overheul, De Drie Maanden uit het Leven van Rogier (NL, 2013); Sebastian Schmieg & Silvio Lorusso, 56 Broken Kindle Screens (DE, IT, 2012); Rebecca Sutherland, Hide & Eek (GB, 2013); Elisabeth Tonnard, A Dialogue in Useful Phrases (NL, 2010) and Simon Morris, The Royal Road to the Unconscious (GB, 2003)


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November 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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Doing Easy

Two small works of mine are currently on view in a wonderfully unique exhibition in a residence in Joshua Tree, in the High Desert of California. Curated by Erik Benjamins, Doing Easy is a domestic intervention that presents the work of visual artists, designers and writers who reflect on the sway of place.

Doing Easy optimistically engages with the domestic space as a privileged and underestimated sanctuary for reflection, education, production, and ritual. The presented works—ranging from a cork doorstop to a wooden chair to a folder of poems to a scented hand soap—have been installed in a way which allows them to slip into the daily routines and rhythms of a living, breathing home.

My autosummary poem ‘Eugene!’ based on Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel is placed on a bedside table. Real Estate Dreams. Nr. 1 The Candle, a small series of found real estate images is located on the kitchen wall.

Participants in the show: Alex Reed (US), Ashley Eden Kessler (US), David Horvitz (US), Elisabeth Tonnard (NL), Erik Benjamins (US), Janelle DolRayne (US), Jasper Morrison (UK), Lauren Godfrey (UK), Max Lamb (UK), Norma & Various Projects, Inc. (US), Pico Iyer (JP), Stef Halmos (US), Susan Barbour (US), Yeb Wiersma (NL).

Outpost Projects
Yucca Valley, CA
September 2, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Open by appointment

More info is available by clicking here.

The residence can also be rented through www.airbnb.com/rooms/5077433


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September 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

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The NY Art Book Fair


I’m participating in the twelfth annual NY Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter from September 21 to 24, 2017, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Joachim Schmid and myself are sharing a table on the 2nd floor, booth N63. My book An Empty Field will be launched at the fair and I’ll present a variety of other recent books.

Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 350 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from at least 29 countries.

Find more information about the fair here. See the full list of this year’s exhibitors here.

September 22-24, 2017
Preview (note that you’ll need a ticket) Thursday, Sept 21

22-25 Jackson Ave,
Long Island City, NY 11101

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August 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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Exhibition in London

My bookwork The Plan will be presented in burning with pleasure #3, an exhibition of artists’ books at Seen Fifteen Gallery in London. The exhibition is curated by Magali Avezou of Archipelago.

For the past three years burning with pleasure has aimed, once a year, to report on the present production of innovative artists’ books from around the world. The selection intends to reflect on contemporary image culture and to broaden the discourse on photography and photobooks.

Artists presented include Francis Alÿs, Yto Barrada, Ruth van Beek, Katrien de Blauwer, Anouk Kruithof, Raymond Meeks, Jean-Luc Moulène, Joachim Schmid, Elisabeth Tonnard and Daisuke Yokota.

The exhibition runs from September 8 to 30.

Seen Fifteen
Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm and by appointment
Unit B1.1, Bussey Building
Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road

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August 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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Foam Fusion, photography and words


On June 11 I’m participating in a discussion about photography and words with Federica Chiocchetti and Jaysha Obispo. The program and the ticket details can be found here.

The discussion is part of Foam Fusion, a cross-disciplinary festival around the theme of collaboration, sparked by Foam’s 15th anniversary. The festival aims to go beyond the limits of photography and develop ties across different disciplines. There will be a variety of presentations and performances, discussions, artist talks and workshops during the weekend of June 9 – 11.

Foam Fotografiemuseum
Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam

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May 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

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Radio interview in Springvossen

Robert van Altena recently interviewed me for his radio program Springvossen on Amsterdam FM. The interview is in Dutch and available here.

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May 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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Exhibitions, Amsterdam to Pittsburgh

I’m participating in two shows that open this coming week.

Collectivism opens today at Foam Museum in Amsterdam. My work is on view as part of the Dead Darlings presentation. More information about the show can be found here. The exhibition runs from April 21 to June 18.

AWAKE Reading Room is part of the PGH Photo Fair taking place at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh on April 29 and 30. The reading room is curated by 10×10 Photo Books and concentrates on protest books. My book An Empty Field will be on view.

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April 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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