Book Showcase #3: Possible Forms of Action

During the presentation at DAFO on the opening day[/caption]

I was invited to curate and present Book Showcase #3, which opened on January 12, 2013 (until March 23), coinciding with the exhibition “Intervened Library”. For this exhibition, a number of artists had been invited to intervene on already existing books, thereby creating one-of-a-kind artist publications. Knowing this, I decided to look in the opposite direction, choosing for Book Showcase #3 artist publications where the book, and by extension the library, had not been conceived as just the “results” of creative work, but rather as “triggers” for actions and interventions intended to happen in real space and time.

My title was taken from a poster designed by Braço de Ferro (Isabel Carvalho & Pedro Nora, Porto) in 2009, entitled “Um livro é uma forma de acção possível” [A book is a possible form of action]. This poster, in turn, was based on the artist magazine “Ne coupez pas nº 4”, created by Jean Claude Moineau around 1966.

More info about DAFO’s Showcases here.Book Showcase is an ongoing collaborative project between Multiplos Books, an artist publications bookshop based in Barcelona, and the curatorial team DAFO (David Armengol and Jordi Antas), who run a gallery space in Lleida. Each exhibition shown in the DAFO space is accompanied by a new Book Showcase, literally a table placed next to the big window of the gallery space. For each Book Showcase, a curator is selected among professionals closely linked to artist publications in one way or another.

I was invited to curate and present Book Showcase #3, which opened on January 12, 2013 (until March 23), coinciding with the exhibition “Intervened Library”. For this exhibition, a number of artists had been invited to intervene on already existing books, thereby creating one-of-a-kind artist publications. Knowing this, I decided to look in the opposite direction, choosing for Book Showcase #3 artist publications where the book, and by extension the library, had not been conceived as just the “results” of creative work, but rather as “triggers” for actions and interventions intended to happen in real space and time.

My title was taken from a poster designed by Braço de Ferro (Isabel Carvalho & Pedro Nora, Porto) in 2009, entitled “Um livro é uma forma de acção possível” [A book is a possible form of action]. This poster, in turn, was based on the artist magazine “Ne coupez pas nº 4”, created by Jean Claude Moineau around 1966.

More info about DAFO’s Showcases here.