#TextMe_Lab: Block // Eleanor Vonne Brown and Roland Brauchli; book practices
curation: Fil Ieropoulos
ATOPOS cvc inaugurates the #TextMe project, a year of actions and events on books and text in media arts in the context of UNESCO’s ‘Athens 2018, World Book Capital’. #TextMe was an original concept by ATOPOS' artistic director Vassilis Zidianakis.
Within this context, researcher Fil ieropoulos has curated #TextMe_Lab, a series of lectures, discussions, workshops and residencies of artists and academics at Atopos. The projects will revolve around the thematic of using text in artistic forms and interdisciplinary language applications. Some of the main points of interest of the programme are visual poetry, word and screen relationships, spoken word and the boundaries between poetry and sound art, as well as modern linguistic phenomena in online pop culture and new media. "Block" is the ninth event of #TextMe_Lab.
9-10 & 12 January 2019
Why books? Why do we keep going back to the question of materiality when it comes to text? How can we critically approach the process of reading and engaging with a book? Is there a value to the printed object in the post-internet era? What are the intricacies in the relationships between writer, designer and publisher? How does one arrange books, publishing houses, libraries, reading spaces, bookstores? These are some of the questions that will be dealt with in the residency and series of events titled Block.
Eleanor Vonne Brown and Roland Brauchli will be artists in residence at ATOPOS for TextMe_Lab between the 7th and 14th of January 2019. They will use their residency time to develop a number of new personal projects interacting with each other and inviting the audience to discuss the process of making and working with books.
On Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th from 6pm to 9pm, they will hold an open studio in which they will discuss book creation, publishing and presenting methodologies with practitioners, students, artists, lovers of books. These sessions are on a first-come first-served basis. Spaces are limited so if you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday the 12th January, Roland and Eleanor will present artist books, sequences of drawings, publications and prints, in a temporary exhibition at ATOPOS. In the evening they will lead a round table with the audience, discussing their work and opening up questions for discussion.
Eleanor Vonne Brown (1977) is a British artist and researcher based in London. She produces artist publishing projects and spaces working mainly in the field of independent publishing. Projects include bookshop and project space X Marks the Bökship, X Publishing School, Publication as Practice, Post Internet Cafe @PrintRoom, The Cast of the Crystal Set, and Super Woofer Sound Fair. She is a lecturer at Greenwich University and Camberwell College of Art.
Roland Brauchli (1976) is a Swiss artist and graphic designer based in London. He has worked for the design studio Graphic Thought Facility and in 2013 set up his own studio to combine his design and art practice. Projects include publications with Donlon Books, Francis Upritchard, Cally Spooner, Serpentine Gallery and Onomatopee. He is currently working on Charlotte Prodger’s presentation for Scotland at the Venice Biennale. Rolands prints are currently in the show ‘Ein Dialog in Strichen und Flecken prints by Hans Hartung and Roland Brauchli’, in St.Gallen, Switzerland.
Open Studio: 9 & 10 January,18:00 - 21:00
(These sessions are on a first-come first-served basis. Spaces are limited so if you would like to participate, please email email@example.com.)
Exhibition & Talk: 12 January, 20:00 - 22:00