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: Rob Erdmann / Goletta Jansen [# 01].


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Photography Frans Baake


Rob Erdmann and Goletta Jansen know each other from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where they both graduated in Graphics. They are dedicated to books in all forms and they act in an ‘unbookish’ way with them. They like to philosophise about the meaning of books. Holding a book for instance is something different than a book lying at the table. Rob says himself that he is a bad reader as a book to him means more than just the text. He is also left-handed so he normally opens a book from the end. Goletta loves to buy second-hand books. She gets inspired by the shape, colour and weight of them. She is using these books in order to create new ones. She once printed some slips of the tongue in old books for instance. In this way they got a new meaning and a second life.

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Thanks to the invitation of Archief Synergie to take part into its investigation, they are able to explore a new project in which they want to work together. The idea is to remove several parts from an existing bookwork and to add these pieces into a new form. How this will work out is unknown. They want the audience to work with this material. It will be an act with an open end. It’s the act of creating that matters and it will be interesting to see what combinations will be formed.