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.


deelnemer: Erfgoed Nederland [# 01]

in conversation with Erfgoed Nederland

Archief Synergie recently started a project called ‘(in)visible’ in which a new model for presentation of artist’s books will be investigated. A question that rises: how to present the book in its most optimal form? Often books will be showed in a glass show-case or simply on a pillow. So only a fraction of the contents and essence of the book itself can be examined.

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Looking for a conversation partner Archief Synergie came in touch with Erfgoed Nederland (‘Inheritance of The Netherlands’), based in Amsterdam. Being confronted in a broader view Erfgoed Nederland are interested in similar questions. In contrast with the traditional inheritance there has come a new form nowadays. Think of digital media or the presence of migrants for example. A museum should distinguish from others. How to gather related expressions and what should form the specific collection? Museums are looking for new ways of attracting people by letting them play a more active role. Showing just the static collection is not enough anymore in order to satisfy the audience.

Back to the Archief Synergie investigation: how to ‘unlock’ the artist’ book? Some museums use touchscreens in order to suggest the turning of the pages. The physical touch of the book still seems to be important: the weight, form, smell etc. How many people do have an idea what artist’s books represent? The ‘(in)visible’-project is not having the pretension to bring in answers after six stages of investigation but at least is attempting to create a new model.