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Thinking With Bookworks: The Making and Sharing of Artist’s Books to Generate Relational Networks

  • Open or CloseJo Milne*

    Eina, University Center for Art and Design, Barcelona, Spain

    *Corresponding author: Jo Milne, Eina, University Center for Art and Design,Barcelona, Spain

Submission: October 10, 2022; Published: October 31, 2022

DOI: 10.31031/AAOA.2022.04.000607

ISSN: 2577-1949
Volume4 Issue3


Collaborative practices are common in the making of artist’s books, in their fabrication and in the genealogies they establish. Artist’s books can foment affective entanglements and foster multiplications, facilitated by their nature as entities working at what Anna Tsing [1] would describe as the ‘unruly edges’ of the art world. The collaborative nature of making and sharing bookwork’s enables diffraction and creates different forms of kinship. Although artists’ books form part of many museum collections my focus here lies on what Magali RABASSA, describes as ‘organic books’, as opposed to commercial books, (2019: 24) and how collaborative bookmaking practices can become “become transformative connections-merging inherited and constructed relations [2]. Where the making, sharing and reading of artists books evidence a form of what María Puig de la Bella casa describes as ‘thinking with’. A thinking where the emphasis is placed “not so much [on] who or what it aims to include and represent…but what it generates; how it actually creates a collective and populates a world. Instead of reinforcing the self of a lone thinker’s figure, …Thinking-with makes the work of thought stronger: it both supports singularity by the situated contingencies it draws upon and fosters contagious potential with its reaching out [3]. This article points to how the fabrication and sharing of bookwork’s can generate relational networks

Keywords: Transmitter; Library; Publishing houses; Public museum

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