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.


participant: Johanneke Lamoraal Wichers [# 03]

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Photographers: Ellie Duinker en Dennis Otto.


Photographers: Ellie Duinker and Dennis Otto.

“Books change within time when they are read, touched, crumpled and that’s good. Because books need to be token and looked at in order to experience it as a shower of images and language.

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In order to be part of the book you picked up as a spectator, giving you the occasion to disappear in it optimally. With the presentation of artbooks this aspects will be ignored. Books are situated behind glass plates and shouldn’t be touched at all. Within my investigation I break through this statistic situation by letting the spectator be part of the book and by letting the book be part of the spectator. I invite the spectators to pick up the book and add something by means of leaving a small note behind on a page they enjoyed. I also project the book itself on a unaware spectator. In this way the limits between the book and spectator will fade. The spectator will go up into the book.”

Johanneke Lamoraal Wichers (Amsterdam, 30th of November 1982), visual artist from The Netherlands. Finished her studies July 2009 at Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

‘In my work I’m particularly involved with the body and where that body might be in time and space. The body plays a major role in my works. Especially in the presence or absence of the body itself. Questions like: are your body and thinking always on the same place? In order to examine this subject I use several mediums like video-installations, bookdesigns, photography and film. Texts and images will be combined and almost crossed with eachother. In the year of finishing my studies I directed especially on investigating people and books. I took the book as kind of an interface between two worlds: the real one and the non-existing. Where is your body when you are reading a book? In what time or space? To me the book is related to a non-existing world in which one can disappear when reading in. In this way things can be told about existing and true-to-life facts, but in fact they always situated in the present or in the past. Never in here and now-situations. The moment between the unreal world and the tangible and perceptible reality.