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