— Delphine Bedel

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Opening: Saturday 10th September, 17:00 – 19:00, with music performance by Luke Nyman. Solo show. Lumen Travo gallery, Amsterdam

Crossing the country by car for a month during the Credit Crunch and the first 100 days of Obama’s presidency, Delphine Bedel photographed the stunning scenery, eclectic architecture and the people, heart and soul of Route 66. With incisiveness and wit, her highly personal documentary and visual diary captures the afterimage of the 60′s prosperity and exuberance, and the aftermath of the recent crisis. For her second solo exhibition in the gallery, a selection of her photographs and road movie will be presented.

This legendary route was for over half a century the main access from East to West, crossing 8 states. The Mother Road. Taking a bite out of its glamorous lure, Route 66 was decommissioned in 1984 and officially disappeared. Replaced by new Interstate Highways bypassing small towns, it created a great strain for the economy along the old road and its inhabitants.

From the Grand Canyon to the ‘Magnificent Mile’ of motels and drive-thru chain stores, from the Dust Bowl years to the hope and angst of the near future, unexpected perspectives unfold along the journey across America, and reflect upon a country in a disrupted present.

Home on the road, travelling together with singer-songwriter Luke Nyman, revisiting the landmarks of American Beat culture, filming with hand-held camera and improvising music performances in many places along the road trip. Bedel filmed and recorded stories from the ‘Children of the Mother Road’: a cowboy’s wife, motel workers, war veterans, artists, musicians and historians, all had stories to tell.

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For the third year, I will be lecturer at Geneva University of Art and Design, where I initiated a publishing course and the artist’s book series Hard Copy. These editions are produced in collaboration with Barbara Fedier and various departments of the schools, as well as Swiss graphic designers and co-published by Monospace Press. This position also involves thesis supervision and organising events, lectures and exhibitions in relation to Hard Copy. The first seven edition were released in 2010, with a talk with Seth Siegelaub, Daniel McClean and Dexter Sinister, and reading performance by the artists at LiYH in Geneva. The talks can be heard back on the Laptop Radio website. The second edition were presented at the Amsterdam Art/Book Fair and the exhibition ‘vue sur la mer’ in Geneva in 2011.


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The book launch will take place on Thursday 30 June at 19.30 in Geneva, in the frame of the exhibition ‘ Vue sur la mer‘.
A new series of six artists publications, edited by Delphine Bedel and produced by the M.F.A. Work.Master/ Geneva University of Art and Design will be presented, along with and exhibition. hard copy is a project made in collaboration with Barbara Fedier/ Micro-Editions and Hervé Laurent/ Atelier Ecriture, and with seven Swiss graphic designers. The books are co-published with Monospace Press. The pre-launch took place at the Amsterdam Art/Book Fair on the 14th and 15th of May at de Brakke Grond.

1. Dorothee Baumann. Designer: Marc Hollenstein ‘Pleasure Arousal Dominance’
2. Romain Legros, Designer: Nadja Zimmerman “Argelas’
3. Johanna Viprey, Designer: Anna Haas‘ J’aime Plus ou moins la nature’
4. Martina Sophie Wilberger, Designers: B und R ‘ Mon Petit Alphabet’
5. Florent Meng, Designer: Marc Hollenstein ‘Laiques Perspectives’
6. Maya Rochat, Designer: Jemery Shorderet ‘Ma tête a couper’

Exhibition ‘Vue sur la mer’

Book launch, 30 june, 19.30
with a performance lecture by
Martina Sophie Wilberger.
Exhibition 30 .06 -08.07 2011, 13.00-19.00
Place des Volontaires, Rue de la Coulouvrenière 26, 1204 Genève

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Two afternoons of TALKS & LECTURES with international guests.

Saturday 14 May 2011
Pecha Kucha, Book, CD and magazine launches by attending publishers, artists and designers.

→ Official Launch Delphine Bedel, Yannick Bouillis
Keynote Speakers:
→ A prelude to Rong—Wrong, the first issue of a magazine concerned with writing on matter.
Scott Joseph, Amsterdam (Editor Rong—Wrong, designer)
→ Launch ‛On Kawara: One Million Years [Past and Future] No. 69 & 70’, Audio CD release Mathieu Copeland, London
→ Launch ‛Community Art: The Politics of Trespassing’, editors Paul De Bruyne & Pascal Gielen (Valiz, 2011)Astrid Vortsermans, Amsterdam (Editor, publisher, founding director Valiz)
→ ‘Clandestine Publishing in the Netherlands’ Emilio Maccia, Ravenna / Maastricht (Designer researcher Jan van Eyck Academie)
→ ManystuffCharlotte Cheetham, Paris (Blogger, curator, publisher)
→ Presentation of the interactive and invisible Click2C, QR-code and print2web printing technology Frank Voskeuil, Culemborg (Director print2web.nl) & Freek Kuin, Amsterdam (Director, Printer Calff & Meischke)
Moderators: Delphine Bedel & Mathieu Copeland

16:00–18:00 Talk #2 MULTIPLE FUTURE
Envisaging what the future of publications may propose invites us to articulate the revitalisation of printing practices over the last few years and the emergence of digital activism.

Kenneth Goldsmith, New York (Founding director of UbuWeb, poet, editor)
Joachim Schmid, Berlin(Artist, member of ABC Artists Books Cooperative)
Metahaven, Amsterdam(Graphic design studio)
Clive Phillpot, London (Writer, curator and former art librarian)
Moderators: Delphine Bedel & Mathieu Copeland

Sunday 15 May 2011
14:00–15:30 TALK #3 IN FOCUS / MIDDLE EAST
Bidoun magazine is a quarterly publication founded in 2004 with the intention of filling a gaping hole in the arts and culture coverage of the Middle East and its Diaspora. Tiffany Malakooti will present the Bidoun UbuWeb Archive and the The Bidoun Library–a peripatetic resource of books, films and periodicals tracing the evolution of Middle Eastern art–(in May/ June at the Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery Projects, London). This is the first public presentation of Bidoun Magazine and UbuWeb in the Netherlands.

Tiffany Malakooti / Bidoun Magazine (Bidoun Magazine editorial team, curator
Special Projects and Bidoun’s UbuWeb archive)
Kenneth Goldsmith / UbuWeb, NY (Poet, editor, founding director of UbuWeb)
→ Film screening.
Moderators:Delphine Bedel & Mathieu Copeland

16:00–17:30 Talk #4 IN FOCUS / SWITZERLAND
This talk brings together three among the most promising emerging figures and structures at work in Switzerland. Talk organised by the Head–Geneva University of Art and Design.

David Keshavjee and Julien Tavelli,Lausanne, Zürich, Berlin (Graphic designers)
Dan Solbach, Basel (Graphic designer, publisher, curator)
Ramaya Tegegne, Geneva, Zürich (Graphic designer, publisher)
Moderator: Yann Chateigné Tytelman,(Talk organised by the Head–Geneva University of Art and Design).



Amsterdam Art/Book Fair 2011
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL

Conference curators and moderators:
Delphine Bedel, Amsterdam (Artist, curator, publisher)
Yannick Bouillis, Amsterdam (Curator, journalist, owner bookshop Shashin)

Guest curators and moderators:
Mathieu Copeland, London (co-curator Talk #1) (Curator, writer, publisher)
Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Geneva (curator Talk #4) (Curator, writer, publisher)

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The first Amsterdam Art/Book Fair will take place the 14 & 15 of May 2011, presenting a high end international selection of art publications. The fair aims to reflect on the emerging practices and new development in art, through a selection of publishers from 16 countries. Printed matter and digital media edited by independent publishers and artists, magazines and institutions, art schools and graphic design studios are featured in this first edition.

Conferences and talks by keynote speakers, book launches, artist talks and performances will take place during the Amsterdam Art/Book Fair. Guests include Kenneth Goldsmith, Metahaven, Clive Phillpot, Mathieu Copeland. A unique series of curated tables will offer a selection of publications and posters. Book trading and signing, encounters and conversations will take place at ‘Black Market’, an informal meeting place for artists, designers, publishers and collectors.

The Amsterdam Art/Book Fair is initiated and organised by Delphine Bedel (Monospace Press) and Yannick Bouillis( Shashin/Offrpint), and is hosted by the Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond. The Amsterdam Art/Book Fair aspires to be a meeting place during the Amsterdam Art Week. The entrance to the AA/BF is free.

Amsterdam Art/Book Fair 2011
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May
De Brakke Grond
Amsterdam, NL

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The Detroit Diary by Jimini Hignett, designed by Anna Haas, 2010

Nominated for the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2010

The artist book ‘The Detroit Diary’ by Jimini Hignett, designed by Anna Haas and edited by Delphine Bedel was one of the 19 books nominated for the award. ‘The Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books‘ com­pe­ti­tion was es­tab­lished to pro­mote and re­ward top-qual­ity book de­sign in Switzer­land. It was es­tab­lished at the be­hest of the fa­mous ty­pog­ra­pher and de­signer Jan Tschi­chold in 1943. The com­pe­ti­tion is open to graphic de­sign­ers, pub­lish­ers and print­ers. An­nu­ally, the Fed­eral Of­fice of Cul­ture re­ceives around 400 sub­mis­sions. A five-mem­ber, in­ter­na­tion­ally staffed jury, cur­rently chaired by Cor­nel Windlin, se­lects the most beau­ti­ful Swiss books each year.

What qual­i­fies as a Swiss book?: A book is con­sid­ered a Swiss book when it ful­fils at least one of the fol­low­ing three cri­te­ria: the book was de­signed by a Swiss de­signer, the pub­lisher has its head­quar­ters in Switzer­land, or the printer has its head­quar­ters in Switzer­land. The jury’s cri­te­ria: In judg­ing the sub­mis­sions to the com­pe­ti­tion, the jury takes into ac­count each book’s over­all con­cept, graphic de­sign and ty­pog­ra­phy, and pays par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to in­no­va­tion and orig­i­nal­ity.

The Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books Jury includes:
Cornel Windlin, Küssnacht am Rigi [Chair of the Jury]
Christoph Schifferli, Ascona
Lars Müller, Oslo (NO)
Will Holder, Hatfield (UK)

The Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books

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