From Field Voices

‘There is no other criterion of membership of a field than the objective fact of producing effects within it.’
Pierre Bourdieu , The Field of Cultural Production, 1993, p. 42

Opening: ‘Between the Sheets’, 2015

Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books 2015: curatorial statement by David Forrest and opening speech by Helen Cole

7 March to 2 April 2015, Central Gallery, Aberdeen Street, Perth. Curated by David Forrest, Gallery East.

Curatorial statement by David Forrest:

Between the Sheets, Artists’ Books 2015, forms the second in a planned series of exhibitions of artists’ books organised by Gallery East in Western Australia: the first, held in collaboration with the City of Swan in 2012, was the first comprehensive commercial exhibition of its type held in Western Australia. Read more

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Caren Florance, Sharing Book Spaces, 2014

A Codex Australia 2014 symposium presentation. The Codex Australia symposium was held over the mornings of 1 and 2 March 2014, with a fine book fair following each afternoon. An account of it is published here.  This paper, the second of the six in the symposium, was a primarily visual presentation (as were all the others) and the text has been slightly edited for ease of reading. Three of the six presenters have their papers published here on Pretext: Monica OppenLyn Ashby and this one by Caren Florance.

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Monica Oppen: Hits & Misses, 2014

A Codex Australia 2014 symposium presentation. The Codex Australia symposium was held over the mornings of 1 and 2 March 2014, with a fine book fair following each afternoon. An account of it is published here.  This paper, the third of the six in the symposium, was a primarily visual presentation (as were all the others) and the text has been slightly edited for ease of reading. Three of the six presenters have their papers published here on Pretext: Caren Florance, Lyn Ashby and this one by Monica Oppen.

Hits and misses: the challenge of realizing and enhancing content through the book’s design and the choice of production processes and materials.

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Lyn Ashby: The Hall of Mirrors, 2014

A Codex Australia 2014 symposium presentation. The Codex Australia symposium was held over the mornings of 1 and 2 March 2014, with a fine book fair following each afternoon. An account of it is published here.  This paper, the sixth of the six in the symposium, was a primarily visual presentation (as were all the others) and the text has been slightly edited for ease of reading. Three of the six presenters have their papers published here on Pretext: Caren Florance, Monica Oppen and this one by Lyn Ashby.

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Monica Oppen: Book without a home? 2014

Prior to the last Federal election, the then leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, seeking to discredit the carbon trading scheme, suggested it was essentially about trading in ‘nothing’. At the time I couldn’t help thinking that Mr. Abbott should take a trip up to the international space station and trying stepping outside without a space suit on. Then he might gain a new understanding of the meaning of ‘nothing’.

What does this have to do with books? Only that when something is so much a part of us, totally taken for granted, we cease to notice it: it becomes ‘nothing’. So it is with books. I would like to suggest that the book is the air and that, perhaps the artists book is the carbon dioxide. Will an increasing number of artists books have the impact of changing the ‘atmosphere’, not of art, but of the book itself? Read more