abbe 2017 continued Queensland College of Arts research focus on artists books. It included a conference and in collaboration with Grahame Galleries the 6th artists book and multiples fair and exhibitions.
"the ideal fold is Zweifalt, a fold that both differentiates and is differentiated"*
The simplicity of folding and the complexity it can generate lie at the core of book culture and Gilles Deleuze’s zweifalt, a fold that both identifies difference and at the same time holds those differences within a relationship. A folio, a single sheet of paper folded in half, demonstrates these properties. Before the paper is folded neither of its surfaces are inherently privileged. Folding it in half immediately ascribes privilege, initiates a grid, a derivative, a measurement and identifies differences that include: protected, exposed, past, present and future. At the same time the fold activates relationships between those differences. It literally holds surfaces apart or together, it reveals and conceals and it moves differences between the surfaces it differentiates, for example reassigning the past, present and future to alternate surfaces. As a tangible act and a conceptual tool the fold scribes any content - material or phenomenal - that marks the folded surfaces of a book.
Keynote - Uta Schneider
Keynote - Ulrike Stoltz
Keynote - Dr Clyde McGill
Australian Library of Art, SLQ
Brad Freeman and the Journal of Artists Books
grahame galleries + editions
griffith university library, QCA
A K Milroy
Ana Paula Estrada
Amy E. Thompson
Wim De Vos
* quoted by Arkady Plotnitsky in “Algebras, Geometries and Topolog ies of the Fold”
in Between Deleuze and Derrida. Ed Paul Patton & J Protevi. Continuum, London, 2003.
abbe 2015 (artists books brisbane event) was presented by the griffith centre for creative arts research under the directorship and vision of Professor Ross Woodrow. The event included a conference, exhibitions, and artists book fair and visits to significant institutions and practitioners in the field across Brisbane.
‘post literacy’ and ‘the haptic’
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.
abbe (artists books brisbane event) responds to Drucker's 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 in 2015. With participation from the editors of two prominent journals as well as leading Australian artists and scholars in the field, abbe 2015 laid down groundwork for the ongoing engagement of antipodean artists and scholars in the field of artists books.
Keynote - Sarah Bodman
Keynote - Brad Freeman
Keynote - Dr Lyn Ashby
participating artists, writers, scholars, publishers, presses: Lyn Ashby Blogger_dad, Sara Bowen, Deidre Brollo, Isaac Brown, Penny Carey Wells, Centre for Regional Arts Practice, Helen Cole, Victoria Cooper, Caroline Craig, Marian Crawford, Daniel Della-Bosca, Fiona Dempster, Hesam Fetrati, Caren Florance, Robyn Foster, Jenny Fraser, Brad Freeman, Angela Gardner, Annique Goldenberg, Noreen Grahame, Alannah Gunter, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Bridget Hillebrand, Institute of Modern Art, Journal of Artists Books, Sheree Kinlyside, Joel Lardner, Cassandra Lehman-Schultz, Light-trap Press, Alison Mackay, Judy Macklin, Marian Macken, Heather Matthew, Clyde McGill, Tess Mehonoshen, Christine Mellor, Anita Milroy, Tim Mosely, Nightladder Collective, Naomi O’Reilly, Adele Outteridge, Mikhail Pogarsky, QCA Gold Coast, Red Rag Press, Mona Ryder, Rose Rigley, silverwattle bookfoundry, Glen Skien, Peta Smith, Doug Spowart, Studio West End, Kym Tabulo, Wim de Vos, Gabriella Wilson