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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deelnemer: Lydia Schouten [#5.]


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Artist’s Book/magazine: Lydia Schouten

“At the end of the seventies/start of the eighties I got interested by the influences of the media in our daily life.”

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“I wanted to find a way for myself in how to react on mass media or how to appropriate these mass media and bring a magazine into the world by myself. Besides I thought it was important to write about arts because I have a meaning about it that I wouldn’t just leave to the critics. So the magazine Modern Denken got its existence. I had it published between 1979 and 1984 together with Els de Groot, Gea kalksma and Adri Tock. For us it was important just to give attention to qualitative good female visual artists, that were in the majority in our magazine without giving an accent explicitly. We turned over the roles because in that time artmagazines mainly showed works of male artists. By starting a magazine by ourselves we suddenly got more power in the artworld and doors went open. I found it a very interesting fact: how to get to the other side of the line by starting a magazine. Besides I started to publish my own Artists’ Books and for that purpose I asked several people to write for it. I combined it with my own texts about my work. For me it was important to take the initiative by myself in making a book by my own that shouldn’t be a catalogue belonging to an exhibition. I also asked f.i. Kathy Acker to write a story for my book ‘Personals’ because I felt related to her work and in this way my work could get embedded. The making of Artists’ Books proceeded from my contact with American artists like Barbara Ess who f.i. published ‘Just another Asshole’ and Dan Graham who published ‘Rock my Religion’. Dan Graham wrote a lot about art, music and performances and just that mixture of disciplines attracted me very. The magazine and the books I tried to publish for a greater public, beside it I made another Artist’s Book containing all scripts for my video’s. This book I never brought outdoors and by this it obtained a more intimate secret character.”