|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Creators:||Johanknecht, Susan and Olsen, Redell|
This project operates within the widest definition of book art, where the relationship between audience and work is ‘socio-poetic’. The intention was to initiate links between innovative work done in higher education institutions with a professional society operating in a public space, and develop my ongoing concerns with the installed/expanded book.
In 2003 I co-curated the collaborative project ‘Writing Instructions/Reading Walls’ with Dr. Redell Olsen, lecturer in English at Royal Holloway. Our intention was to explore verbal/visual crossovers in relation to a specific site – a wall in the Poetry Society café, Covent Garden. We invited nine artists/writers to consider text as a visual, performative entity and the page as an expanded architectural space. Each project involved the use of instructions in various ways – often as directions to us as curators on how to install, and in some cases on how to execute the actual piece of work itself. The book ‘Here are my instructions’ documents these installations but is also a response to our own engagement with the process. We wrote an introductory essay explaining this, and used photographic and material residue from the original works as visual sequences in the book.
|Additional Information (Publicly available):||
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:||23 October 2004|
|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2009 12:17|
|Last Modified:||15 Sep 2010 13:41|
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