The Book Dispersed
With: Beatriz Albuquerque, Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot, Ana Alvim, Isabel Baraona, Ricardo Basbaum, Stanislav Brisa, Jessica Brouder, Catarina F. Cardoso, Isabel Carvalho, Paulo Catrica, André Cepeda, João Paulo Serafim, Margarida Correia, Renato Ferrão & Susana Gaudêncio, Julie Cook, Inês M. Ferreira, Os Espacialistas, Ana Fonseca, Lara Gonzalez, Dejan Habicht, Michael Hampton, Teresa Huertas, Andrea Inocêncio, Calum F. Kerr, Sharon Kivland, Tanja Lažetić, Catarina Leitão, Ana Madureira, Fernando Marante, Daniela de Moraes, Eugénia Mussa, Eva-Maria Offermann, Andreia Alves de Oliveira, José Oliveira, Susana Paiva, Tadej Pogacar, Pedro Proença, Carla Rebelo, Eduardo Sousa Ribeiro, Mireille Ribière, Sara Rocio, paula roush, Ana João Romana & Susana Anágua, paula roush, Manuela São Simão, Ana Santos, Kim Svensson, Francisco Tomsich, Francisco Varela, Rodrigo Vilhena, Emmanuelle Waeckerle and Gillian Wylde.
Curated by Media Instáveis/ Unstable Media [paula roush, margarida carvalho, ana carvalho, sofia ponte] Casa das Artes (Rua Ruben A, 210) + Sput&Nik the Window (Rua Bonjardim, 1340), Porto, Portugal
September 24 -October 28, 2017
[press release] [project tumblr] [Unstable Media: Unstable Media, constructions and disruptions Portuguese Small Press Yearbook 2017]
The Book Dispersed is an exhibition that creates a space for practitioners to come together, read, think and discuss a highly significant aspect of contemporary visual culture, ie the rich and diverse methods found in books produced by artists.
In the 1960s and 1970s the artists’ book came to be seen as an alternative, democratic platform largely free from commercial and/or institutional control, which could be accessed in the private sphere. With the rapid development of digital technology and the consequent rise of the internet one might have expected the book to have become less relevant as an artistic medium, yet this has not come to pass. That digital technology has made it easier and less costly for artists to produce and distribute their work worldwide is certainly a contributing factor, but given its creative potential, couldn’t the artists’ book also provide a format that not only challenges exhibition norms, but actually expands their horizons?