“A Journey through Art Books”
How to think up a book. How to make a readable object from a set of ideas and intentions, and how to do this when the object is the result of dialogue between a designer and an artist. This lecture analyses questions arising on creating an art book: thinking of the cover like the façade of a building, transferring a film to a book, how a book can unexpectedly disappear just as soon as it comes out or how a catalogue – the publication that records what has happened in an exhibition – can actually become a work of art itself. It reviews the work of authors such as Ibon Aranberri, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Rodney Graham, Boris Groys, Anna Torfs and Lawrence Weiner. All the issues discussed focus on a single idea: the idea of the book as a specific entity with its own vocabulary, its own means and its own internal logic.
Filiep Tacq (Kortrijk, Belgium) has worked as an independent graphic designer specialising in books, art catalogues and artist’s books since 1984. He has taught at the Sint-Lucas Instituut in Gante and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He has worked on publications by artists including Francys Alÿs, Ibon Aranberri, Marcel Broodthaers, James Coleman, Lili Dujourie, Abbas Kiarostami, Chris Marker, Juan Muñoz, Pedro G. Romero, Michael Snow and Lawrence Weiner, and with institutions such as the Antoni Tàpies Foundation of Barcelona, the New York DIA Centre for the Arts, Manifesta 2 in Luxembourg, the Argos Centre in Brussels, Birmingham’s IKON Gallery, the Lisson Gallery in London, the New York Guggenheim, the Barcelona MACBA, the Reina Sofia National Art Museum in Madrid and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Venue: Bastida Hall at AlhóndigaBilbao
*This programme of talks is part of EL CONTRATO [The Contract], a collaboration project with AlhóndigaBilbao.