Samuel Teixeira holds a degree in Language Teaching (Portuguese, Latin, and Greek) from the University of Aveiro (2006). In 2005, he recorded the drum parts of Rebellion’s Enclave’s debut album (http://www.myspace.com/rebellionsenclave), released by the Austrian label Ton4Records. In 2007, he joined the Cantanhede Music School, where he studied Jazz percussion with musicians Rui Pereira, Nuno Costa, and Jeff Davis. In 2008 he was admitted to the MA in Publishing Studies at the University of Aveiro. Inspired by a guest workshop presented by Manuel Portela, entitled “The form of books in artists’ books”, Samuel Teixeira began his study of Artists’ Books, which includes his MA dissertation “The Artist’s Book as a Metabook” (2011). In this text, the author reflects upon the bibliographic coding of text and image in artists’ books from the Artists’ Special Collection at Serralves Library. The fascination with the medium, especially with the book, is at the core of his areas of interest, which include themes such as self-reflexivity, performance, and bookness, and which cross disciplines such as Sociology and History of the Book, Semiotics, and Psychology. The title of his thesis project is «Virtualization of the Artist’s Book» (to be delivered in 2014).
The exhibition presents two connected bodies of material: a survey of artists’ books by Australian painter, sculptor and bookmaker Robert Jacks (1942-2014), and an extensive selection of publications drawn from Jacks’ own collection, many of which were purchased from Printed Matter in the early years of the organization.
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