Investigating forms of presentation of the Artist’ Book.

The book on the table. /// The closed archives. /// The book in a box. /// The open archives. ///
The book on the shelves. /// The book underfoot. /// The book on the ground.
/// The book in an intimate space. /// The book as installation. /// The book in a working space. ///
The book as an object to walk around. /// The book as a concept for a space.

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participant: Balta [# 05]


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For visual artist Balta, born in France and living in The Netherlands, the matter of course of mothertongue and language, manners, habits etc. has been broken through. This personal location brings in a new way of looking to itself and the world. Nominating in a different way means looking in a different way, arranging in a different way. Driven by a fascination for language, cultural identity and the dynamics in it, Balta creates works in which often different layers of meaning are represented. The motive of a work can be of a deceitful simplicity, like an apple, a streetname, a traffic sign, a hopscotch court or a weather-report. Her works comprise projects in public space (like f.i. the monument for commemoration of the victims of the fireworks-incident in Enschede), installations in public space but also Artists’ Books.

The installation ‘Blind Date’ with accessory Artist’s Book is about communication, about expectations that people have about (private) relationships and about the impossibility of that. We try to greet eachother in the street, a habit that seems to dissappear in the centre of larger cities by the way. A conversation with strangers often starts with a chat about the weather. Reporting the weather is of vital importance in an agricultural – or a fishing society. But in our rural surroundings it can be used for leisure activity and greeting eachother. It will give people the opportunity to make contact in a save way; a well-known ritual of greeting.
In ‘Blind Date’ the elements of ‘meeting’ and ‘the weather’ are connected into an installation. Weather-reports form the leading thread running through this installation. They are scenario’s for starting a talk.

This installation ‘Blind Date’ has been made possible by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture in Amsterdam.
Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst te Amsterdam