the next abbe is being planned for 2020



abbe - artists books brisbane evetns

In 2004 Johanna Drucker called for the artists book community to contribute to the development of a critical language to evaluate artists books. Drucker expressed concern that without a critical language the field of artists books might fail to mature into a recognised creative discipline. While the language is beginning to emerge, how to develop it without constraining the dynamic nature of the field remains a concern.

the abbe events were initiated in response to Druckers call by promoting discussion of a critical language  to sustain the growth and diversity of the field. The terms ‘post literacy’ and  ‘the haptic’, adopted from fields that have established critical languages, were chosen to shape the proceedings at abbe 2015. Selected papers from the conference were subsequently be published in an Australian volume of JAB The Journal of Artists’ Books. 

With participation from the editors of prominent journals and leading Australian artists and scholars in the field, the abbe events are laying the groundwork for an ongoing engagement of antipodean artists and scholars in the field of artists books.

These conferences, symposiums, exhibitions and book fairs will interest those making, writing about, collecting and exhibiting artists books (in the broadest sense of the term).



abbe 2015



... dc3p is a contemporary fine art publishing project associated with the print program at Queensland College of Art. Framed within print culture and haptic aesthetics the venture supports studio research into artists book practices and autographic printmaking.


artists books @ dc3p

.… the emergence of artists books in the twentieth century as a medium that engages the breadth of our senses was underpinned by collaborative practice between poets, artists and designers within print culture. This intersection between the fields of fine art, literature and design facilitated by the printed book continues to attract interest across the creative arts. Responding to the fields emerging critical discourse a research focus textured by 'the haptic'  has been established at dc3p. This focus embraces the production, reception and evaluation of artists books within the antipodes. In keeping with the haptic, the nature of the focus is dynamic, responding to the surfaces of the field.

To date that research includes;
 the abbe events (artists books brisbane events) featuring conferences, artists book fairs & exhibitions,
JAB39 - JAB42 - JAB43 - the publication of peer reviewed articles and essays from abbe 2015 and abbe 2017 in the Journal of Artists' Books,
pinch - a peer review collective supporting critical discourse on artists book practice,
the codex events - a series of collaborative publishing events and masterclasses featuring invited and visiting artists or scholars,
exhibitions - national & international featuring books by artists and prints by artists,
& HDR and Post Graduate students

Other epicentres of artists book research dc3p has links with include:

Centre for Fine Print Research
Journal of Artists Books
The Codex Foundation
Bibliotheca Liborum Apud Artificem
centre for the artist book at Grahame Galleries + Editions
State Library of Queensland
silverwattle bookfoundry

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