Thursday 3rd November, 18.00–21.00. Centre de la photographie, Geneva. Curated by Delphine Bedel Guest Speakers: Bruno Ceschel, Clive Phillpot, Joël Vacheron.
Lectures & Talk,18.30–20.00: Drawing a parallel between the emergence of artist books in the 60’s and the bible of DIY cyber and counterculture, the groundbreaking and thought-provoking ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ (1968–72), in relation to contemporary modes of self-publishing and distribution, this talk brings together international speakers to bring into question the significance publishing within artistic practice.
Editions 2011: Dorothée Baumann / Design Marc Hollenstein: ‘Pleasure Arousal Dominance’ Romain Legros / Design Nadja Zimmermann: ‘Argelas’ Florent Meng / Design Marc Hollenstein: ‘Préambule, Alinéa H’ Maya Rochat / Design Jemery Shorderet: ‘Ma tête a couper’. Johanna Viprey / Design Anna Haas: ‘J’aime bien à peu près la nature’ Martina-Sofie Wildberger / Design B und R: ‘Mon petit alphabet / Mein kleines Alphabet. Editors: Delphine Bedel, Barbara Fedier / micro-édition HEAD Publishers: Head – Geneva / Monospace Press, Amsterdam
hard copy. Emerging practices in art and graphic design. Introduction by Delphine Bedel and Barbara Fedier, with the artists and the designers.
Self Publish, Be Happy. Bruno Ceschel. The contemporary renaissance of self-published photobook
Back to the Future: Artist books. Clive Phillpot. The 1960s saw artists re-conceive books potentially as mass-market vehicles for original art.
‘Whole Earth catalog’, Google in Paperback. Joël Vacheron. “When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.” Steve Jobs, 2005
Organisation: WORK.MASTER master of Fine Arts at HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design. In collaboration with the Centre de la photographie – Genève & Monospace Press, Amsterdam.
Date & Location: Thursday 3rd November, 18.00. Centre de la photographie, lecture hall. 28 rue des bains, Genève
hard copy is an innovative research and publishing platform that aims to reflect on artist books and printmaking, central to emerging artistic and design practices. Initiated in 2010 by artist, curator and tutor Delphine Bedel, this three-year practice and theory-based project is conceived for the Master of Fine Arts WORK.MASTER at the Geneva University of Art and Design. hard copy explore the space of a book and formats of display, editorial concepts, extended printing techniques, graphic design and typographic re- searches. By publishing artist books and multiples and curating exhibitions, workshops and lectures series with keynote speakers (Seth Siegelaub, Daniel McClean, Dexter Sinister, etc), hard copy aims to contextualize and expand this research historically and theoretically.
Transdisciplinary and international in its form, hard copy is produced by the WORK.MASTER, in partnership or temporary col- laboration within and outside the school: Barbara Fedier (Atelier PAO/micro-édition), Hervé Laurent (Atelier écriture) and Laurent Schmid (Laptop Radio) at the Head – Geneva, Swiss institutions – UNIGE/The Brain and Behaviour Laboratory and the Centre de la photographie in Geneva – and Monospace Press in Amsterdam.
Each artist works closely with a guest graphic designer, the school unique printing facilities and selected international printers to produce an artwork in the form of printed matter. The publications vary from performance props or scripts, social documentary, scientific research to archiving practices (Baumann): hunting in Marseilles city hills (Legros), flip book playing with translation and performing voice (Wildberger), civil society in Lebanon (Meng), education models (Viprey), photographic collages and drawings (Rochat). Modes of distributions depends on each artist project, and are displayed through various performances and exhibitions. hard copy is presented and distributed internationally through exhibitions and book fairs including Amsterdam Art/Book Fair, Salon Light-Paris, Offprint Paris, ‘Vue sur la mer’ exhibition and LiveInYourHead in Geneva, and bookshops. A second book launch will take place in November at Offprint Paris. www.hard-copy.tumblr.com
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