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: Egge Altena, librarian [#04]


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Egge Altena (Rijssen, The Netherlands 1962) is a visual artist and beside it working as an assistant librarian at the Central Municipal Library in Amsterdam. In her artistic work she uses photography and draws and paints on paper and canvas often with textual elements. Always looking at relevant forms of presentation. The collage and and a proceslike way of working hereby are repeating aspects.

“A book makes the fact of looking an act itself and the spectator an active component. I think it is a fascinating aspect of the book as an artwork. For me it is a collection in the way of a ‘micro’-installation’ in which most of the times part of it will be invisible. Therefore it invites you to fill it in, with which the character the work becomes inherently conceptual. Books and artists’ books are objects that can be experienced, touched, possessed for relatively little money when available in an edition. In my opinion they may become weather-beaten, get stains by using, eventually individual filling up. In this way they become bearers of time. Books in my personal possession are not save but in places where the public owns them they have to be kept well, depending on the artist’s wishes. Still in my opinion they remain ‘objects of experience’ that should be treated openly when shown. By which the maker still will play an important role in the presentation in his or her work. In a public library damaged books will be disappeared out of the library but it is striking that nice and well-designed artbooks (not artists’ books but related to them in my opinion) no matter how weather-beaten they are still go to the depot and will be kept as an object, document and image of the time.”