April 17, 2019

124g.  SUZANNE PADBERG  The 7th Biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium was held February 3-6 in Richmond, California, with a Nordic focus, including artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Thanks to Codex for making the symposium recordings available to all.

Here and There is Everywhere

Susanne Padberg has been the owner of Galerie DRUCK & BUCH since 1994 – first in Tübingen and now in Vienna. The gallery, next door to the Freud Museum in Vienna, specializes in international contemporary book art.  As a traveling book art gallerist and curator in both Europe and the United States, she has encountered a number of differences in the book art world here and there. Despite that, she addresses three aspects – collecting, mission/contents/aesthetics, and book form.




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April 10, 2019

124f.  Victoria Bean is a London based artist, writer, and visual poet, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, and co-founder of Arc Editions. She is the co- editor of The New Concrete, an anthology of visual and concrete poetry in the 21st Century that features a hundred artists and writers who work across a variety of disciplines like art, poetry, graphics and literature. 

FLAG - sixth of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019




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April 3, 2019

124e.  Till Verclas — While still an art student in Hamburg in 1979, Verclas founded his own printmaking studio, going on to work with renowned German and American artists such as Baselitz and Twombly. Verclas works not only in printmaking, but also in large-scale sculpture in bronze, wood, and steel. His artist’s books are often made as a reaction to the sculptural installations. Verclas’s work can be found in public collections across Germany and the United States.

Black Truffles, Vibrant Colours Set Between Black and White - fifth of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019




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March 27, 2019

124d.  Thomas Milroth discusses the interaction between Danish and Swedish artists in Denmark and Copenhagen leading to an early outburst of artists' books and printed matter in the 30s, the 40's, and today. He emphasizes the book art activity in South Sweden and Denmark as well as the story of the early thoughts about an alternative space for art.

Swe Den - fourth of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019



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March 20, 2019

124c.  David Paton is currently Senior Lecture and past head of the Department (2004-2009) of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He examines important curatorial projects and selected seminal moments from Jack Ginsberg's extensive Johannesburg-based collection of artists' books and archive of books on artists' books.

The Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artists' Books: Highlights from 25 years of working with the collection in South Africa  third of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019



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March 13, 2019

124b.  Tatjana Bergelt discusses her recent artist book From Finland barefoot in snow, a cassette with two books, edition of 4, Northern Sami / Finnish/ German languages, 2015. Focusing on the existential poetry by Sami activist Nils Aslak Valkeapää, yet deeply differing from Middle European existentialism, this artists' book project respects the very core of Nomad culture of the indigenous people of Europe in its visual form. Sami people have been relatively isolated in the very Northern part of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. They speak 10 different languages but yet still must fight for their rights of land ownership and identity.

From Finland barefoot in snow - second of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019



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March 6, 2019

124a.  Ase Eg Jorgensen, Jesper Fabricius and Jesper Rasmussen are co-editors of Pist Protta, a journal like no other. Firstly because it is rare that a Danish journal dedicated to contemporary art survives for so many years - Pist Protta is the oldest existing art journal in Denmark - and secondly, because it does not look like any other art journal. The principal rule the editors have adhered to is that no issue is to be like any previous one in either format or content. According to the co-editors' motto Pist Protta is not only to be about art, but to be art, the individual issues can be seen as a hybrid between a magazine and an artist's book.

We always try to keep it simple - first of seven presentations at the biennial Codex Symposium, 2019



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