Artists' Publications: TEXT, SOUND AND IMAGE

Artists' books and artists' publications / Künstlerbücher und andere Künstlerpublikationen

 

Since many years Maike Aden has been presenting, investigating and teaching on all forms of published works of art which include printed matter by artists (books, newspapers, magazines, postcards, catalogues, posters, photos, etc.) as well as sound works, videos, films and multiples.  

 


 

 

SYMPOSIUM

judge a book by its cover

Burg Hülshoff, Center for Literature / Haus Rüschhaus, Münster

21/22 October 2021, online from 7 November 2021

Andreas Bülhoff – Voxel Poems © STILL
Andreas Bülhoff – Voxel Poems © STILL

Can touchable objects be combined with the digital? What can digital forms tell us about our present? How does data influence our lives? 

Lectures by Hannes Bajohr, Alessandro Ludovico, Janine Sack, Viola Hildebrand-Schat, Monika Schmitz-Emans, Christoph Schulz.

Participating artists: Andreas Bülhoff, Lütfiye Güzel, Sebastian Haslauer, Lisa Jeschke Muzak & Riha.

Panel "Artists' Books between Total Art and Downloading" with Timm Ulrichs, Katharina Neuburger and Maike Aden.

 

 


 

 

NEW RELEASE

KULTUR & GESPENSTER Nr. 21: Archive und Depots

Textem Verlag

Mai 2021

Band Nr. 21 von "Kultur & Gespenster" aus Hamburg: ein wunderbares Gegengift zur derzeit zum Gespenst degradierten Kultur (Gespenster aber kehren wieder!). In gewohnt erstklassigem Layout auf sattem Papier mit weichem Touch, das toll riecht.

Der Terminus »Archiv« hat auf dem Weg durch die Historien und Disziplinen einige Bedeutungsverschiebungen und -erweiterungen erfahren. Er wird heute nicht mehr nur institutionell oder situativ-konkret, sondern oft metaphorisch benutzt oder im globalen Sinne als Kulturtechnik und Institution der Gedächtnisbildung aufgefasst. Diese Ausgabe handelt von Ideen wie Archive und Depots und Lager und Halden und Haufen und Bunker und Verliese und Kammern aussehen können. 351 Seiten voller erhellender, erheiternder, verstörender, zorniger oder einfach nur guter Artikel. Und einer Bildstrecke über Hügel aus Rabenscheiße. 

Auf 36 Seiten davon untersuche ich zwanzig Archive von Künstler.innen im Raum von Publikationen. Und warum diese Archive in Zeiten der digitalen Monopolisierung und Privatisierung von Wissen und Erinnerung die besseren Archive im Sinne der Selbstermächtigung sind. 

 

 


 

 

ARTISTS' BOOK PRICE

PRIX BOB CALLE

Association Bob Calle in partnership with the Beaux-Arts de Paris 

The 2021 Edition

Presentation: click on resp. image

 

 

Together with 15 coleagues from different European countries, I was invited by the Association Prix Bob Calle / Beaux-Arts de Paris to propose artists' books for the Prix Bob Calle. I have chosen these four (in alphabetical order):

  • Amber. A Visual Anthology of the Contradictory Representation of the Female Body in the Electrical Age by Nina Canell & Robin Watkins
  • Collection for the Poor Collector by Thomas Geiger
  • Theory by Gloria Glitzer
  • Withdrawing A Ledge, Din by Sergej Vutuc.

 

The winners will be announced at the beginning of June. However, these works of art are worth much more than a price. That in any case, but anyone who experiences the surprises of discovering, smelling, feeling and even hearing (as in the case of Sergej Vutuc's book) the wonderful spaces created by these artists, will will immediately acknowledge that.

 

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EXHIBITION

GAME, SET, MATCH.  THREE CONCEPTS OF THE ARTISTS' BOOK

Museum Serralves, Porto, Portugal

28 June - 20 October 2019 

GAME, SET, MATCH, Museum Serralves 2019, Curator Maike Aden
Sol LeWitt: Lignes en quatre directions et toutes leurs combinaisons, Bordeaux, Capc Musée d’art contemporain, 1983, detail
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NEW RELEASE

NOLI ME TANGERE. ÜBER DIE ABWESENHEIT ANWESENDER KÜNSTLERBÜCHER IN AUSSTELLUNGEN

ABOUT THE ABSENCE OF PRESENT ARTISTS' BOOKS IN EXHIBITIONS

In: Dora, C., Fabian, C. et al. (eds.) (2019), Bibliothek und Wissenschaft, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 52, pp. 119-133. 

Open access: ART-Dok. Repositorium für Kunst- und Bildwissenschaften, Mai 2017 

Künstlerbücher ausstellen / Exhibiting Artists' Books. Essay von/by Maike Aden

Most books are everything else but glamorous status symbols. For this reason artists' books will never enter into the prestigious and highly capitalized art scenes. But just this unsuitability as an exclusive collector's trophy is responsible for its reputation as subversive, critical and resisting genre or art. Even if these attributions are imprecise constructions, they have created a considerable boom - at least among those who wish an alternative to the traditional art world with its super rich actors and power structures. But to provide a more differentiated view on the varied phenomena and concepts of artists' books is challenging. In an exhibition, these works remain absent in a way. Only when you feel, touch, smell, and flip through them, they come to life. But...

Auf Deutsch...

 

EXHIBITION

VINYL & CLIPS. SOUND COLLECTION GUY SCHRAENEN AND CLIPS BY ARTISTS

Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon, France

19 May 2019 - 22 September 2019

VINYL & CLIPS. SOUND COLLECTION GUY SCHRAENEN AND CLIPS BY ARTISTS,
Cover by Roy Lichtenstein (detail): I Cry for You, Bobby 'O, 1983
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Reviews: Le Monde /// Les Inrockuptibles ///  Trax Magazine

 


Künstlerbücher ausstellen, Vortrag von Maike Aden

VORTRAG / LECTURE

IN SEARCH OF THE ARTISTS' BOOK IN AN EXHIBITION
Symposium "It’s a Book",

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, parallel zur Leipziger Buchmesse, 25.3.2017“

  

 

VORTRAG / LECTURE

UN-MÖGLICHKEITEN DES AUSSTELLENS VON KÜNSTLERBÜCHERN

IM-POSSIBILITIES OF EXHIBITING ARTISTS' BOOKS
Symposium "Bitte umblättern! Künstlerbücher im Einsatz",

Hamburger Kunsthalle, 21.-22.11.2016 


 

 

RESEARCH PROJECT

THE ARTISTS' PUBLICATIONS KEYWORD DIRECTORY

Library and Documentation Centre of the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

Aug. 2014 - Dec. 2017

How to retrieve an artists' book in the future when it’s stored in one of the hundreds acid-free boxes in one of these cabinets?
How to retrieve an artists' book in the future when it’s stored in one of the hundreds acid-free boxes in one of these cabinets?
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The Artists' Book Keyword Directory, Conference by Guy Schraenen and Maike Aden
Library Museo Reina Sofía

PRESENTATION

THE ARTISTS' PUBLICATION KEYWORD DIRECTORY

Together with Guy Schraenen

 

Annual conference of Museum Libraries, Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, 23/24.11.2017

Conference program: IV Jornadas sobre Bibliotecas de Museos


 

 

ESSAY

BERNARD VILLERS. ENSEMBLE OF ARTISTS’ BOOKS IN MUSEUM REINA SOFIA MADRID

In: Blohm, M. (ed.) (2015) Fabricio Ideas. Hide&Seek #10

Online (EN & DE) 

Artists' Books by Bernard Villlers. Essay by Maike Aden
Bernard Villers: Figure, Paysage, Marine, Édition du remorqueur, Brussels 1988

"... this text should be understood as a passionate plea to visit artist’s book exhibitions! You will often find reading desks to look at artists’ books and secondary literature. In addition to this, in museums or libraries with artists’ book collections, each of the exhibited book works can mostly be ordered – like in a graphic and print cabinet – to be carefully viewed in all its details.
This fantastic possibility is offered at the Museum Reina Sofia, the national Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Madrid. Not only does the museum exhibit Picasso’s famous masterpiece, Guernica, and some extensive and excellently presented collections of the 20th and 21st century. But also a large and essential collection of published works of art is regularly shown in exhibitions.(...) As there is a huge number of impressive artists’ books which are presented in these artists’ books exhibitions I will restrict myself - perforce, but with a great pleasure - to the beautiful and interesting artists’ book-oeuvre of Bernard Villers, a Belgian painter, silkscreen printer, object artist, author and publisher (Editions du Remorqueur/Le Nouveau Remorqueur)..." 

 

 


 

 

PUBLICATION

COLLECTED WRITINGS GUY SCHRAENEN. ESSAYS, STATEMENTS, INTERVIEWS 1974-2013 

Edited by Bettina Brach with the collaboration of Maike Aden. Bremen: Centre for Artists' Publications 2013   

The publication of Guy Schraenen’s “Collected Writings” give access to all the texts he has published over four decades, from the 1970s up until the very recent past. They document his abiding interest in the history and the significance of the international networks underlying artists’ publications and initiatives in the 1960s and 1970s. He reflects upon the socio-political and cultural strategies of the artist-initiated art scene, which remained independent of the official art establishment.

The writings are presented in the form of facsimiles of the original publications. Most texts are in English, some in French, several also in other languages. They are available in two versions: 

  • A digitalized version on DVD
  • A print version in 2 folders

 

Order: Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, Germany

 


 

 

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS

A CENTURY OF ARTISTS' BOOKS

Seminars on Artists' Books / Seminare über Künstlerbücher von/by Maike Aden

The current enthusiasm for artists' books shall be an occasion to give an insight into the diverse phenomena and concepts of "a century of artists' books". The access to a most wide variety of artists' books within the collection is an ideal way of linking the theoretical discourse with a practical perspective to illustrate how these publications functioned in particular during the 1960s and 70S as art works which aimed to revolutionize the official art world by means of independent production and dissemination of affordable art works.

Collaborations with both private collectors and curators of public collections give insights into the rich diversity of this genre of art.

Selection of seminars and workshops...

"Sound Art Project" and exhibition on "Vinyl. Records and Covers by Artists"

EXHIBITION ASSISTENCE

EXHIBITION: "VINYL. RECORDS AND COVERS BY ARTISTS"

Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen / Museum Weserburg Bremen in collaboration with the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

21 Aug.-27 Nov. 2005

 

 

PROGRAMME ASSISTENCE

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT: "SOUND ART"

Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, Febr.-Nov. 2005  

More about the projects...

 

 

EXHIBITION ASSISTANCE

VARIOUS EXHIBITIONS ON ARTISTS' PUBLICATIONS

Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, 2005/2006 

Exhibitions in the Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen

The Centre for Artists' Publications Bremen, the largest and most outstanding collection of published artworks in Europe, covers the areas collection and research, as well as exhibitions. Several exhibitions a year aim to present the different aspects of the evolution and dissemination of artists’ publications and to illustrate the diversity of this genre. The exhibitions cover insight into the archives, funds and collections of the Centre, country-specific surveys, comprehensive solo exhibitions, as well as thematic group exhibitions to all fields of published and multiplied art international. 

 


Main research fields by Maike Aden
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