Elisabeth Tonnard

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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.


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.


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.


Floor plan.


A visitor with the floor plan.


Further study of the floor plan.


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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June 26, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Geldermalsen Riots in Printed Web #4


A new work titled ‘Geldermalsen riots’, consisting of two images, is published in Printed Web #4, to be launched in Berlin next week. Above is a view of one of the images. The publication has a broadsheet size and is constructed of loose sheets folded into each other. Every participating artist (see below) worked with the two sides of one sheet only.

The background of the piece: On December 16, 2015 there were riots in Geldermalsen, a village in The Netherlands close to where I live. The rioters wanted to disturb a local council meeting where plans for a big center for refugees were discussed. After the riots the police asked people to send in any pictures they might have of this evening. A series of these was placed on the police website. Faces were made partly unrecognizable and an unusual strategy was announced: anyone who recognized themselves could come forward now, or else their pictures would be shown unblurred on tv later. The strategy worked, 9 out of 10 came forward. The pictures are now gone from the website.

Printed Web #4 presents projects by Wolfgang Plöger, Lorna Mills, Molly Soda, Travess Smalley, Angela Genusa, Eva and Franco Mattes, Anouk Kruithof, Elisabeth Tonnard, and  Christopher Clary, with a text by Rhizome artistic director Michael Connor (“Folding the Web”). Each artist contributed work that responds to the concept of privacy in relation to contemporary self-identity and public visibility. The 40-page print-on-demand newsprint publication is co-published by Paul Soulellis with the International Center of Photography Museum on the occasion of “Public, Private, Secret” (June 2016 – January 2017), the inaugural exhibition at the museum’s new location at 250 Bowery, organized by curator-in-residence Charlotte Cotton.

Printed Web #4 will launch at Miss Read, Berlin Art Book Fair at Akademie der Künste, Berlin (June 10–12) and be on display at ICP during its opening week (week of June 20).

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June 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Reprint: Appropriation Literature

Annette Gilbert from the Freie Universität Berlin edited a new anthology on books that write through existing literature. Reprint: Appropriation (&) Literature is presented as a bilingual German-English edition and includes good photographs of the books discussed. 

From the publisher: “Since the 1960s, writers have radically challenged the notion of originality and creativity in literature. They stopped writing new texts for their books and instead drew upon pre-existing books: canonical texts of world literature or intellectual history are transcribed by hand, edited, altered, alphabetically arranged or simply copied and republished under one’s own name. By now Appropriation Literature amounts to a critical mass that has generated its own tradition. The present anthology is the first to give an international overview of the phenomenon, presenting 126 books and projects by over 90 authors.”

My books Let us go then, you and I, The Man of the Crowd, In this Dark Wood, The Story of a Young Gentleman and “Speak! eyes – En zie! are discussed in the anthology amidst a plethora of interesting projects.

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November 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The Photographer’s Playbook


The Photographer’s Playbook came out, published by Aperture. It is a very enjoyable and well executed collection of photography assignments, ideas, projects and anecdotes from a huge variety of artists, edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern. I contributed a conceptual piece cloaked as an assignment. It is titled ‘The Death of the Photographer’.

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July 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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A Dialogue in Eikon Magazine


I published a short new piece titled ‘A Dialogue’ as a 4-page portfolio in Eikon Magazine.  It is based on my earlier book Mood: Potential. The piece uses the hand and eye of the reader to realize itself. It was made by invitation from Regine Ehleiter and Delphine Bedel who discuss ‘The Book as a Work as an Exhibition as a Book’ in a curated section of the magazine. Eikon Magazine, #86, Vienna, 2014. More images through this link.

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June 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014-2015

I just received the Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014-2015 (they are quite ahead of their time). It’s a fantastic resource plus it contains interesting content besides the listings. I’ve contributed an artist page focusing on The Invisible Book. Below is more info about the yearbook.

Essays: A history of Café Royal by Craig Atkinson; Against Orthodoxy: A ramble in the woods of art by John Bently; Field Study International: Celebrating 20 years in the Field by Sue Hartigan; Women’s Studio Workshop: feminist history and birth of an era by Anna Giordano; Bob Brown’s Reading Machine & the Imagined Escape from the Page by Abigail Thomas; Making it happen with Angie Butler by Linda Newington; Stimulus/response – scratching away at some intrinsic and extrinsic problems in theorising the artist’s book from the far end of a ‘not-so-dark continent’ by David Paton; Book Art Object 2: making a book about books by David Jury; The fourth Codex International Book Fair and Symposium by David Jury; Art as collaboration:  50 years of Edition Hansjörg Mayer – An interview with Eleanor Vonne Brown and Gustavo Grandal Montero;  Student report: When is a new ‘BookArtObject’ not an Artist’s Book? by Pete Kennedy; A New World: Johannes Häfner’s Digital Picture Books by Reinhard Grüner; Reading the Literary Text as ‘Art in Space’ Barbara Tetenbaum’s “My Ántonia” by Nathalia King; The Typographic Dante by Barrie Tullett; Les Coleman tribute page, Tanya Peixoto.

Artists’ pages: Sara Elgerot, Paul Laidler, Stevie Ronnie, Stephen Spurrier, Elisabeth Tonnard, Sylvia Waltering, Michael Weller, Elizabeth Willow, Philippa Wood.

Cover design: Tom Sowden

Information listings: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies.

Artists’ books listings: Over 190 national and international artists have also listed their recent book works.

Price including postage: £15 (UK) or £16 (International), 21 x 29.7 cm, 296 pages, black and white offset print. The ABYB can be ordered online at: www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bookpub.htm

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October 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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Postcard set of The Invisible Book

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In order to shed some light on the nebulous history of The Invisible Book, a set of visible postcards was published. From an early discussion about the book in 1654, to Robert Walser’s sterling 1925 review and Diane Simpson’s legendary marathon reading in 1980, discover some of the highlights in the book’s history through this set of six cards. The set is priced at € 5 plus € 1 shipping anywhere and available in my webshop. Or order by email.

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August 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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In the new issue of Afterimage (Vol. 41, No. 1) is a short essay I wrote titled ‘Two Swimming Pools’ about the work process behind my two Ed Ruscha remakes, Recounted and One Swimming Pool. Information about this issue of Afterimage here.


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July 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm


Eight of my poems appeared in Poëziekrant, 1/2013. Acht Nederlandstalige gedichten verschenen in Poëziekrant, nr. 1, 2013.

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April 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

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Local Colour

Local Colour: Ghosts, variations (published December 2012) is a collaboration between In Edit Mode Press and Canadian poet Derek Beaulieu. Points of departure are Paul Auster’s novella Ghosts and, in particular, Derek Beaulieu’s reworking of Auster’s text, Local Colour. It can be ordered here.

Derek Beaulieu, Local Colour (printed book)
Steve Giasson, Couleur locale (printed book)
Cia Rinne, Securiousity (printed booklet)
Peder Alexis Olsson, Edited Retinas (print)
Jörgen Gassilewski, After Image (print)
Craig Dworkin, Unseen Colour (print)
Elisabeth Tonnard, Monochromatic Bits (print)
Martin Glaz Serup, Local Colour (printed book)
Eric Zboya, Untitled # 1 & 2 (Local Colour) (prints)
Ola Ståhl, Colour’s Gravity (printed book and prints)
Pär Thörn, Sound Interpretation of Derek Beaulieu’s ‘Local Colour’(sound piece)
Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, First of all there is Blue (sound piece)
Ola Lindefelt, Spectral Quantum (sound piece)
Andreas Kurtsson, Voice Range, Dialect Genre (sound piece)
Helen White, Local Ghosts (sound piece)
Gary Barwin, Local Colour (sound piece)
Ola Ståhl & Carl Lindh, Ghosts (Music Box) (sound piece)
Magda Tyzlik-Carver & Andy Prior, Ghost Machine (software, booklet and video)

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January 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm