Johanknecht, Susan (2002) Modern (Laundry) Production. [Art/Design Item]
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
This artist's book carries on my interest in innovative writing practices which use existing ‘working’ languages. This text was derived from laundry management trade books of the 1940’s describing processes and machinery which structured ‘operators’ lives. The imagery is based on early 20th century time and motion studies which divided up and recorded ‘cycles’ of work with the view to standardization and increased production - prefiguring 21st century panoptical efficiency and ‘transparency’ – a visual documentation of work, where the body and machine become linked as cyborgs. The concertina structure smoothly turns from front to back, guiding the reader into performing their own repetitive loop.
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Artists' books, Book Art, Contemporary poetics, Small press publishing
Studied English Literature at the University of Vermont, Burlington, USA (1973-77) and Fine Art and Printmaking at the Central School of Art (1981-86). Lectured extensively on Printmaking and Book Arts in the UK since 1985, including at Oxford Brookes University and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, joined Camberwell College of Art in 1997.
She has most recently co-curated - and exhibited in - 'Cunning Chapters: A Collaborative Artists' Book', on show at the British Library, London until January 2008.
"My research focuses on the development and production of artists' books under the imprint of Gefn Press. The press has published thirty books to date and will have a retrospective exhibition at the University of Vermont, Burlington, USA in 2006/07. Projects from the last decade have explored relationships between digital sequences, photo-animations outputted onto CD-ROM or DVD and the physical book. Discussing this work in 'Literary Value / Cultural Power: Verbal Arts in the Twenty-first Century' (Manchester University Press), Lynette Hunter describes the pieces as 'synergetic texts'.
Another recent collaborative project was co-editing the book 'Here are my Instructions' (2004) with Dr. Redell Olsen of Royal Holloway, University of London in response to the 'writing instructions / reading walls' series of installations we curated at the Poetry Society, London in 2003. I am continuing to consider physicality and poetics through my investigation of letterpress printing and writing practice (recent poems are published in HOW(2), internet journal of Contemporary and Innovative Writing by Women hosted by Bucknell University, and PORES, avant-gardist journal of poetic research hosted by Birkbeck College).
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts|
|Date:||18 January 2002|
|Related Exhibitions:||Paupers New Publications, Standpoint Gallery, London|
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|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2009 12:17|
|Last Modified:||15 Sep 2010 13:54|
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