› Wed, 24 Sep 2014
CODE X: PAPER PIXEL AND BEYOND, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON
Artist, media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine, Alessandro Ludovico is joined by Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Delphine Bedel and Colin Sackett to discuss the shifting nature of the book as a medium, and consider what it could be(come) in today’s complex information era. The conversation draws on the themes of the publication Code X, edited by Danny Aldred (BOOK-LAB, Winchester school of art) and Emmanuelle Waeckerle (bookRoom, UCA Farnham). In association with bookRoom
September 27th, 2014, 2 pm. Whitechapel Gallery, London
› Wed, 24 Sep 2014
ON THE POLITICS AND AESTHETICS OF SELF-PUBLISHING, BERLIN
Talk series as part of the exhibition HELIUM — Goldrausch 2014,
Curated by Marie von Heyl and Rosemary Hogarth
Projektraum Flutgraben e.V., Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin
Thursday 25. 09, 7pm
Lately the Internet has been flooded with images of celebrities with unnatural white patches on their faces. This was caused by HD powder: A cosmetic product, especially designed to make skin look immaculate on HD. However, its unsuitability for flashlight means that, when photographed this way, the powder reflects too much light, producing the above mentioned effect. This altering of reality in order to live up to HD technology exemplifies a privileging of the image over the photographed object that can also be observed in the production of artworks today. Likewise the distribution of images online, which brings forth unlimited copies, variations and memes, challenges the traditional relationship between reality and representation. Many questions pop up at the intersection of objects, digital imagery and their dissemination: What is the HD powder of the art world? How do artists deal with scarcity and abundance in regard to digital imagery? Can we still talk about an original and its copies or is every copy also an original?
In her talk ’Give me some time!’ Olia Lialina will address the philosophical dimension and questions of identity that arose from the sudden possibility of making a home page for early web users, what kind of images they produced and how they influenced today’s image of online communication.
Delphine Bedel will speak about the drastic economic and technological changes occurring in the publishing industry, and how this affects artistic practice and art institutions. Her talk ’Artists’ Books for Airport’ will address the shift from the optical nature of an image towards a reciprocal relation with the audience.
› Fri, 01 Aug 2014
NOMINATOR FOTOBOOK FESTIVAL AWARD KASSEL
For the Fotobook Festival Award Kassel, I nominated ‘Veramente’ by Guido Guidi, published by Mack Books. Hereby my text for the catalogue:
19th of August 2014, Launch Award, Grand Opening of The Photobook Museum, Köln. http://2014.fotobookfestival.org/about/
’Guido Guidi’s work is a landmark for a new generation of Italian photographers, who studied with him and introduced me to his work. Veramente traces forty years of the photographer’s career, from the conceptual black and white experiments of the seventies, to the radical and magnificent color series such as In between cities, A New Map of Italy or Preganziol. A pioneer of landscape photography, Guidi’s investigation into the margins, his walks through the fragmented borders of rural and urban spaces defined an innovative photographic language. “Conscientiously bringing to light a shifting reality which we do not wish to see, where we think there is nothing to see.” (Varianti,1995). He studied in Venice at the University Institute of Architecture, but he photographed mostly is own surrounding, the industrialization of post-WWII Italy in the landscapes, factories and people around the Romagna region and in Veneto. To document the last rush of modernity, Guidi used photography’s slowest technology, a view camera with 8×10in plates. The resulting prints – often the same size of the negatives – are at once sober and pictorial, giving architectural details an almost haptic dimension which trains the eye how to look all over again. Although Guidi is renowned in Italy, his work has hardly been shown beyond its borders. Veramente is the first comprehensive overview of his work.’
172 pages, 24 cm x 32 cm
Paperback with flaps
Text by Marta Dahó
› Wed, 23 Jul 2014
PICTURE BERLIN SUMMER SCHOOL
Photo by Picture Berlin http://www.pictureberlin.org/
23 July 2014, I’m invited by the artists Joachim Schmid and April Gelter to lecture at Picture Berlin Summer School. The lecture was followed by a discussion on self-publishing with Joachim Schmid.
› Thu, 26 Jun 2014
‘SOUVENIR DE VOYAGES’ SYMPOSIUM, LEIDEN
26 June 2014. Lecture, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC).
› Mon, 23 Jun 2014
BERLIN SALON #01
Photos by Sasha Komarov and Delphine Bedel.
June 2014, Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. A Berlin Salon with Antonio de Luca, Erica Overmeer, Patrica Reed and Joachim Schmid. The artists and designers presented a recent publication. http://airberlinalexanderplatz.de/
› Fri, 06 Jun 2014
PHOTOBOOK BRISTOL 2014
Panel discussion ‘Self-Publishing’ with Delphine Bedel, Max Pinckers, Colin Pantall and Anouk Kruithof. Moderated by Bruno Ceschel (SPBH). http://www.photobookbristol.com/
Photo by Thomas Wiegand (http://www.hatjecantz.de/fotoblog/?p=3652)
Photobook Bristol 2014. Festival 6-8th June, SouthBank Club, Bristol (UK). Co-hosted by RRB PhotoBooks and IC Visual Lab.
› Wed, 28 May 2014
‘THE BOOK AS WORK AS EXHIBITION AS BOOK’, EIKON MAGAZINE #86, VIENNA
May 2014. Serie ‘In Focus’, guest curator ‘The book as work as Exhibition as Book’ + interview by Regine Elheiter. Eikon Magazine #86, Vienna. http://www.eikon.at/content/en/zeitschrift.php
› Thu, 22 May 2014
DIGITAL PUBLISHING TOOLKIT CONFERENCE, ROTTERDAM
22 May 2014, 20:00 Lecture.
Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts
International Conference, Bazaar, Workshops, Art & Performances. Organized by The Institute of Network Cultures
Location: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and WORM.
Lecture ‘The Networked Book – Publishing as Artistic Practice’
Artists books seem not to have yet taken the digital publication as a means of production and creation of its own, and seem to keep ‘paper books’ as their model. Facing the complexity to understand the challenges of the current revolution in publishing, Bedel’s PhD research aims to address the transition in the publishing industry and digitalisation of content, in the perspective of the book as a privilege medium for artists. Shifting from print to software culture, how to frame and create the relevant and urgent critical tools (theory, softwares), and challenges to be investigated by artists/publishers? New modes of production, appropriation, distribution and collaborative practices, as well as extended forms of ‘books’ will be presented.
› Fri, 09 May 2014
THE PHOTOBOOK REVIEW #006, NEW YORK
Spring 2014. Guest editor Bruno Ceschel. Book review: Delphine Bedel on Eric Stephanian, Lucas