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A Manifesto for the Book - free publication

Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden at CFPR Bristol, UK have now completed a two-year project: In an arena that now includes both digital and traditionally produced artists’ books, what will constitute the concepts of artists’ publishing in the future?

This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council from March 2008 - February 2010

The project investigated and discussed issues concerning the context and future of the artist’s book, in an attempt to extend and sustain critical debate of what constitutes an artist’s book in the 21st Century. One of the key points of this project was to try and include all the book related activity that artists engage with. To include work that was being produced on, and exclusively for, digital technologies within the book arts field, and not leave it floundering uncomfortably on the edge, or subjected to a different terminology altogether, if the artist considered what they were producing to be a book, then we felt it should be included.

We also looked at the continued practice of traditional production processes for artists’ books such as letterpress, etching, lithography, screenprint and woodcut, and have interviewed a range of artists and publishers who work with these, as well as those producing livres d’artistes, fine press books, design bindings, multiples, installation and audio books.

All of the outcomes from this project are available on our website as free downloads. They run chronologically from the first interviews onwards. You can download all the interviews, 35 case studies, essays, edited transcripts, directory and bibliography as free PDF files.

Please see the links for particular presentations as text or audio downloads from our seminars and conference, and focus points such as the interviews in Poland, where you can watch our videos of Radoslaw Nowakowski talking about his books.

There is also a link to New Wave - Artists’ Books in the 21st Century, which contains an online gallery of 100 artists’ books as examples of the many variations within the book arts, from traditional craft to experimental works. These offer a range of concepts and formats of artists’ publishing, from knitted books to i-pod publications, free download e-books, hypertext works,
phone-based works, POD books, letterpress, hand printed etc. What all of thesebooks have in common is content - from political, observational, reflectiv
e, humorous, calls to action, treatises, books that talk to each other to books that question our relationship with both the word and the world. Our manifesto proposes that all of these areas will fit under book arts.

You can download the free, colour 187 pp PDF publication A Manifesto for the Book, which contains our statement for a manifesto, and an edited selection of interviews, essays, presentations, case studies, and some ABTREEs from the project.

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Comment by Abigail Thomas on March 19, 2010 at 22:26
fantastic, i will need to set aside a few hours to digest it all
Comment by Robert Heather on March 19, 2010 at 8:59
Sarah - that is a pretty amazing project - lots to read there...

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