Artists Books Weekend

Next show:
Private view on the 26th of November 2011 at 5pm

Room 1 & 2 : Hannah James - Mafalda Santos

Common Room: more info soon

The Mews Project Space Presents
Artists Books Weekend

The Artist Book Weekend is an open affiliation celebration of Artists Books as a medium.
Being a parallel project to the London artist book fair,
it aims to complement and question the Whitechapel Gallery event by creating in this website a platform
that concentrates a calendar of events for the ‘weekend’ of the 22nd, 23rd, 24 th and 25 th of September 2011.
If you would like to affiliate your project with this platform, please contact us and we will pass it through a peer review.
This is a Project started by The Mews Project Space and is run by all participating organizations. Website here.

Room 1
Thursday 22nd

Giorgio Sadotti "Eclipse Maker" Launch with Screening of Antonioni's "L'Eclisse"

Room 1 & 2
Friday 23rd
Private View 6pm – 9pm
ABC Artist Books Cooperative exhibition openning

An exhibition of Four Artists’ Books on Pornography, Economics, Art, and the Universe.

Dark Matter presents an exhibition of print-on-demand artists’ books and corresponding wall-based works by ABC Artists’ Book Cooperative members Andreas Schmidt, Jean Keller, Jonathan Lewis, and Mishka Henner.
New internet-based production and distribution tools offer artists a vast, untapped territory of possibility and the advent and rise of print-on-demand books is resulting in the gradual erosion of the foundations of traditional publishing models. In this exhibition, the medium is pushed to its limits with four epic themes explored using only the colour black; alluding to the ink so intrinsic to publishing, the unknown future faced by the book form itself, and the discovery of new frontiers.
The ABC Artists’ Book Cooperative is one of the first collectives to embrace the opportunities offered by new print-on-demand technology. Founded in 2009 by Joachim Schmid, it comprises twenty-four artists from various countries around the world. The cooperative held its first group exhibition at Printed Matter, New York, in 2011.
Astronomical by Mishka Henner
"Our solar system in the palm of your hand." In twelve volumes of 506 pages each this project presents a scale map of the solar system. Mostly black pages interspersed with occasional glimpses of planets and asteroid belts, this publication encapsulates the sublime interaction between the human brain and the impossible distances of space.

The Black Book by Jean Keller:
Ink used for digital printing is one of the most precious substances in the world. A single gallon of ink costs over four thousand dollars and this is one reason why digitally printed books are so expensive. However, the price of a book is not calculated according to the amount of ink used in its production. For example, a Blurb book of blank pages costs an artist as much to produce as a book filled with text or large photographs. Furthermore, as the number of pages increases, the price of each page decreases. A book containing the maximum number of pages printed entirely in black ink therefore results in the lowest cost and maximum value for the artist.Combining these two features, buyers of "The Black Book" can do so with the guarantee that they are getting the best possible value for their money.
The End by Jonathan Lewis
"A conflation of my fascination for Ed Ruscha, master of memory tantalisation, and Kasimir Malevich, the grandaddy of pixel-based art." A sequence of enlarged thumbnails culled from a Google image search for "Malevich Black Square".
Porn by Andreas Schmidt
"THIS BOOK CONTAINS EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PORN BUT WERE TOO AFRAID TO LOOK AT." Screen captures of a Google image search for "Porn", but all images then censored to leave only filenames visible.

To coincide with this exhibition the artists have produced a collaborative print-on-demand book.
Dark Matter is a dialogue of images between Mishka Henner, Jean Keller, Jonathan Lewis and Andreas Schmidt. Produced over a period of three weeks between late August and early September 2011, the artists took turns to send each other single photographs by email, each one a response to the previous image, creating a continuous and meandering photographic exchange.
In searching the vast universe of images at their disposal on the internet, the artists' responses present literal, metaphorical and surreal interpretations that form a one-off visual vocabulary shrouded in mystery, surprise, and danger.

The Mews Project Space Common Room

Friday 23rd

6 pm – 9 pm :
The Modern Language Experiment @ The Mews Project Space Common Room
The Modern Language Experiment presents:
What is an Art Book?
An Art Book today can be seen to occupy various different positions including that of a piece of theory, a catalogue, a printed exhibition, a piece of art in itself, a supplement to a pre-existing piece. It can be a proposal for the future or an examination of the present or what has passed. “What is an Art Book?” will be an investigation of what an Art Book is in terms of material and conceptual concerns. It is a collaborative project that will be produced during the Artist Books Weekend at the Mews Project Space. Artists, writers, curators, designers and other practitioners are invited to respond to the title of the project by contributing their interpretation of what an Art book means to them and their practice. Each contributor can propose text, drawings, photographs, sculpture, performance, audio recordings, video or any other concept/theory as long as it can ultimately be realised in A4 paper format and in black and white. The event will take place from the 22nd to 25th of September at The Mews Project Space, 15c Osborn Street [alley behind the Whitechapel Art Gallery] London E1.
This event will run:
Friday 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday 10 am- 7 pm

Saturday 24th
4 pm – 7 pm :
A Estante @ The mews Project Space Common Room
A ESTANTE is a small itinerant bookshop, consisting of a single bookcase.
A ESTANTE aims to be a platform for the dispersal of publications by small independent publishers, regardless of geographical origin, with a particular interest in self-publishing and economies of production and distribution of printed matter. Although focusing on publications from within art and design
A ESTANTE is not overtly concerned with disciplinary boundaries in its
selection of titles, but rather with an attitude towards the making of books.

Sunday 25th
3 pm – 4 pm :
AMIW presents AMIW – New Portuguese Letters
edited by Carla Cruz and Virgínia Valente, this publication introduces possible readings and relationships between All My Independent Women, as an exhibition project, the artists involved a Portuguese feminist book from the 1970s.
All My Independent Women (AMIW) positions itself as a network of artists, who create from a feminist perspective, expound the question of gender, or question power relations in the arts in their works. Currently AMIW is preparing its 6th edition at The Association of Austian Women Artists – VBKÖ, Vienna, where it intends to question critically and experimentally through an exhibition and a series of events: How can the desire for visibility be transmuted into a different experience; one of equality and accountability? How can feminist practices function as a ‘counter-hegemonic intervention’ in the arts in particular and in society in general?Or as the Portuguese authors ‘3 Marias’, of the New Portuguese Letters, asked in the 1970s: “Sisters. What can [art] do? Rather, what can words do?”

4 pm – 6 pm : presents ON THE UPGRADE.Unbound printed works in reply to their online counterparts. // Editions Launch
ON THE UPGRADE is new limited edition series in a box.
ON THE UPGRADE contains new commissioned printed works by PATRICK COYLE, BENEDICT DREW, JAMIE GEORGE, TAMARIN NORWOOD, DAMIEN ROACH and DAVID RULE, each of which has been conceived as an extension of the work previously produced for the website.
“In a time in which TO UPGRADE is a pervasive and round the clock demand – when we are continuously badgered into getting an updated version of something that is already functioning; teased into searching for something newer and more “now”, of superior quality, faster and more compatible: what might improvement, and, progress mean”
To celebrate this new project, artist MAGDA FABIANCZYK will present an “act for a consumable text” which is part of her ongoing series The Edible Interventions.
ON THE UPGRADE will be on display throughout the weekend in the Common Room and available for purchase.
More details about the project and the event will be announced on Blog.