ə /uh/-books: a project space for material publishing
About ə /uh/-books project space:
With its two walk-in vitrines (recto + verso galleries) , the space acts as a folio (a printed book page) between the interior and exterior of the university, as well as an experimental and reflective form of exhibition practice for photobook works.The programme alternates the presentation of students’ photobooks with ground-breaking photographers’ photobook projects. The space’s aim is to supplement and extend the teaching contents of the photobook publishing programme as well as making a contribution to current debates in photobook publishing and curating.
About [ə] the upside down e or schwa:
It is the ‘uh’ sound found in an unstressed syllable, like the final vowel of “sofa.” It’s the most common vowel sound in English. Before being called “schwa,” it had a lot of nicknames: the murmur vowel, the indeterminate vowel, the neutral vowel, the obscure vowel, and this is why it is a good vowel to refer to photobook works, a contested term that remains under scrutiny (the eternal debate: is it a ‘photobook’, a ‘photographic book’ or a ‘photographically illustrated book’?) in spite of its central place within the history of photography.
ə-books #3 September 14th- October 12th 2016
Amy Warwick: Blame your parents [a photozine of post-teenage years]
I follow a lot of other film photographers who use point and shoot cameras on Instagram and they all seem to be making zines. A lot of photographers seem to be getting their work onto print. I looked closely at their zines and their work and decided to create my own zine filled with 35mm film documentary and street photography. Almost all of the photos in the zine were shot in Brentwood, Essex. It’s different to how Essex is portrayed and it’s different to the stereotype that Essex has. I didn’t specifically have the location in mind while shooting though, more youth culture. You can look at the zine and it could be any British town. The content is something that most young people can relate to, everyone kind of does the same thing when they’re young, no matter where they are from. The zine just developed into the last four months of my life I guess. At the same time, it’s a documentation of this whole party life thing, documenting this group of people who are young adults but not quite mature, they’re still into the whole teenage lifestyle of drinking, partying. I think this fits well with the punk aspect of the zine. Amy Warwick
ə/uh/-books #2 June 28th- July 28th 2016
Martin Toft and Gareth Syvret: Atlantus [A transoceanic photography project]
ə-books #1 May 25th- June 24th 2016
Lara Gonzalez: made and published [ProCreate Project]
This collection represents an investigation into the relationship between mothering and creative practice. 130 artworks that are part of the ProCreate Project were edited and published as photozines. Lara Gonzalez completed her practice-based MA at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, LSBU, with the fe et ex – made and published project, meant to function as an online library or repository of artists’ pocket-sized books. Since her graduation Lara has used made and published to archive and publish the ProCreate Project [in partnership with the Women´s Art Library – Make – Goldsmiths College, University of London.] ProCreate Project is a platform that provides practical help and financial support for artists, enabling them to continue producing work during pregnancy and motherhood. The artworks by artists in the ProCreate Project were edited into a collection of photozines, that either document or translate the works into the artist’s book format.