4th International Festival of Artist’s Books and Artist Publications
You are kindly invited to the opening of three exhibitions that will officially open this year’s Ljubljana Blind Date Convention 2016: This is not a book! Item: BOOK; 26 Stages of Erection; and ZINEZINE in P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana, on Thursday, 19 May 2016 at 6 p.m. The exhibitions will be on display until 9 June 2016.
This year’s Blind Date Convention is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first artist’s book in Slovenia.
This is not a book! Item: BOOK
With the exhibition This is not a book! Item: BOOK we mark half a century since the release of the first artist’s book in Slovenia. In 1996 Marko Pogačnik self-published the handmade book Item: BOOK in an edition of 60 copies. In the book Zmajeve črte, ekologija in umetnost [Dragon lines, ecology and art] (Obzorja, 1986) Pogačnik wrote: “In the fall of 1965 I happened to fleetingly read some sentences from the newspaper Gorenjski glas that someone had carefully cut out onto strips of paper of the same format. I came across a sentence, which I later published in EVA as a motto of the series: ‘Towards the north are fewer and fewer trees, fewer and fewer plants, everything is in short supply, except for the vast expanse of snow and ice.’ […] In the following weeks I went deeply into the feeling that came over me alongside the vision of the disappearance of multiplicity and the appearance of singular whiteness. Then I dreamed of hunting a white polar bear in the completely white polar landscape, white on white. […] I materialized the inspiration of hunting a polar bear in the form of my first book with the title BOOK.”
Item: BOOK joins Marko Pogačnik to the inventor of the artist’s book in Europe, Dieter Roth (1959), and to Ed Ruscha in the USA (1963). The artist’s book is the visual medium that enabled the OHO movement (Marko Pogačnik and Iztok Gaister, later also Matjaž Hanžek, Franci Zagoričnik, Miljenko Matanović, Braco Rotar, Tomaž Šalamun, etc.) to make a radical breakthrough into the visual arts world, bringing deviation, excess and provocation to the world of local modernism. Item: BOOK announced numerous key novelties that were typical for the production of OHO’s books from 1966–1969: small editions, handmade by their authors and self-published. They were marked by do-it-yourself strategies, not only in terms of content, but aboveall by their intermedia nature.
In Slovenia the OHO Group opened the chapter of independent publishing and independent artistic (self-)distribution. The idea of independent publishing itself is closely tied to the idea of the artist activist. Books – separated from the institutional framework – can thus circulate freely and are important objects of communication.
The exhibition ZINEZINE brings a current overview of th creators of fanzines in Slovenia. The zines were collected on the basis of a public call for zines made in the last five years of all forms and content. Prepared in collaboration with the publishing house Look Back and Laugh, the exhibition was curated by Zoran Pungerčar.
26 Stages of Erection
Robert Barry – Marcel Broodthaers – Hans-Peter Feldmann – Yona Friedman – Dora Garcia – Dejan Habicht – Eva Hesse – Sanja Iveković – Gabriel Kuri – Jonathan Monk – Sener Özmen & Ahmet Öğüt – Alja Piry – Tadej Pogačar – Kateřina Šedá – Joe Scanlan – Small but dangers.
The international exhibition 26 Stages of Erection is an author’s selection of artist’s books from P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute’s collection of artist’s book. P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute has co-established a diverse artistic production of artist’s books, ranging from non-material poet Robert Barry, Belgium conceptualist and pioneer of institutional criticism Marcel Broodthaers, postminimalist artist Eva Hesse, and provocateur and collector Hans-Peter Feldmann to authors of the middle and younger generations such as Jonathan Monk, Ahmet Öğüt, Kateřina Šedá, Alja Piry, Small but dangers, etc.
The programme of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and by the Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.
Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. / P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute
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