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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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Foam Amsterdam 10th Year Anniversary. Debate on the future of photography organised by the museum, with lectures by Fred Richtin, Tony Chambers, Charlotte Cotton, Thomas Ruff, Adam Broomberg & Olivier Chanarin, Joachim Schmid, Markus Shaden, Hans Gremmen, Richard Hsu, Lidewij Edelkkort, Lisa Openheim, Laurel Ptak, Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm,… Moderated by Jorg Colberg, Frits Gierstberg, Anne Celine Jaeger, Aaron Schuman, Michiel van Iersel, with 100 professional guests in the field of photography, photographers, museum curators, journalists and publishers.

Expert’s meeting. 19 March 2011, Foam Museum, Amsterdam

‘This year Foam Amsterdam celebrates its 10th anniversary. For us it is a time to reflect, not about the past, but about the future of photography. In short, ‘What’s Next?’ is about the future of a medium and of a society in transition. During the course of 2011 a series of activities involving a variety of experts will address the question, ‘What’s Next?’. Leading figures from artistic, technological and sociological fields are all asked to think with us and formulate an idea, a dream or a vision about what they believe the future holds. Based upon their specific knowledge, each expert will be asked to make a short, but inspiring statement on ‘What’s Next?’.’

Foam Museum, What’s Next Conference

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Since 2009, I’m lecturer at The HEAD, 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. This position also involves thesis supervision and organising events 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.

WORK.MASTER is addressed to students-artists who wish to broaden and develop their practical work within a framework which promotes a transversal approach, multiple perspectives and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Combining research and artistic practice (individual, collaborative or collective), the programme is structured around the realisation of full-scale personal projects.

The programme gives students the opportunity to contextualise their work through real life artistic interventions (in the public space, exhibitions, publications, radio programmes…). For WORK.MASTER, art is above all “in action”.

Discussions and debates examine the historical, social and intellectual conditions of artistic action in tutorials (on a one-to-one basis), lab.zones (thematic group projects), seminars (and theory based projects), critical sessions (collective critics) and further offers on a swiss-wide level (master-platform and pool-CH).

Each student receives a strong artistic and theoretical tutorial support. Regular meetings and studio visits give the possibillity for an on-going dialogue, a continous feedback on the work in progress.

WORK.MASTER provides an international platform in which invited artists, theorists and curators of different fields propose lab.zones and seminars. The lab.zones may be organised in periodical meetings or intensive workshops, allowing the contextualisation of the student’s work. They give the opportunity to the participants engage in various forms of public interactions such as performance, art interventions in public space, exhibitions, publications and radio.

The critical sessions are weekly meetings, group critics. They offer a forum to reflect and analyse each others’ practise and to invent modes of presentation. During these sessions, updates of researches are presented and discussed, sharing ideas by making them available to others.

Coordination
Laurent Schmid, head of the programme, Christian Besson and Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza, professors, Ceel Mogami de Haas and Marion Tampon-Lajarriette, assistants.

Professors / Contributors
Delphine Bedel (artiste et curatrice, Amsterdam), Yann Chateigné (curateur et critique, Genève), Mathieu Copeland (curateur et éditeur, Londres), Lili Reynaud Dewar (artiste, Paris), Lina Saneh (metteur en scène et comédienne, Beyrouth), Samuel Gross (curateur, Genève), Christophe Kihm (critique, Paris), Pierre Leguillon (artiste, Paris), Valérie Mavridorakis (critique, Genève), Markus Miessen (architecte et théoricien, Berlin / Londres), Mai-Thu Perret (artiste, Genève), Daniel Suter (curateur et artiste, Berne), Frédéric Wecker (philosophe et critique, Paris)

Collaborations
The three majors of the Masters programme at Head – Geneva are constituents of the Masters HES-SO in Fine Arts which also offers two other majors at Ecal – Lausanne (EAE – European Art Ensemble) and at Ecav – Sierre (MAPS – Art in the Public Sphere). In addition, they are incorporated into the Master- platform.ch which brings together the different Masters in Fine Arts of Swiss universities.

HEAD, Geneva University of Art and Design
Work.Master

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Lectures by Seth Siegelaub and Daniel McClean
Talk with Seth Siegelaub, Daniel McClean, Delphine Bedel, James Goggin, Aernoud Bourdrez [Use-IP], and Yannick Bouillis [Shashin].
12 Artist’s books, performance

The Publications Project is a collection of artist’s books issued by the Master Programmes the Dutch Art Institute and designed in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie. International in its scope, this collection is a unique blend of printed matter. It began as an experimental and innovative research and publishing platform aiming to address the specific process of artist books production, it is now an acclaimed editorial project.

The 2010 edition consists of 12 publications edited by artist and curator Delphine Bedel. In close collaboration with one or more guest authors, artists and designers teamed up to produce an artwork in the form of printed matter. From very diverse perspectives the artists and designers reflect on publishing as a versatile medium. The publications vary from artist books, essays, poster series, performance artefacts and documentary investigations, to autofiction and collages.

Seth Siegelaub will speak about copyright and economic issues concerning independent radical publishing, including art books, based on his publishing experience with the Chilean book ‘How to Read Donald Duck’, the so-called ‘Xeroxbook’ and the ‘Artist’s Contract’. He will specifically address free access to information and the practical problems of distribution in a world of dominated by capitalist property values.

Daniel McClean will discuss copying in art, copyright law, and his role as both a curator and a lawyer, focusing on the tension between practices of copying in art and the constraints imposed upon these practices by copyright law. The recent project ‘Free Sol LeWitt’, which McClean co-curated with Superflex at the Van Abbemuseum questions models of authorship in art. He will also discuss important trials involving artists, including Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Delphine Bedel is curator, artist and writer based in Amsterdam. She is Associated Professor at Th Dutch Art Institute.James Goggin is graphic designer, and Course Director of Werkplaats Typograpfie.

Saturday 03.07.2010, 16:00
De Ateliers, Amsterdam

Further Information:

The Publications Project 2010
Collection editor: Delphine Bedel
Design editor: James Goggin

Artist books by: Lado Darakhvelidze, Taf Hassam, Jimini Hignett, Amanda Koelman, Izabela Oldak, Sevgi Ortaç, Julio Pastor, Viki Semou, Eva Schippers, Ruben van Klaveren, Renaldi Zefi, Veridiana Zurita.

Designed by: Goda Budvytytė, Ines Cox, Gregory Dapra, Anna Haas, Annett Höland, Simone Koller, Lu Liang, Joris van Aken, Boris van den Eynden, Isabelle Vaverka, Lidia Wilkosz.

Guests author and contributors: Emily E. Auger, Mounira Al Solh, Maria Barnas, James Beckett, Delphine Bedel, Lady Equitone, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Funda Bütüner, Jeremy Gilbert, Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen, Haejun Jo & Donghwan Jo, Annette Krauss & Petra Bauer, Aylin Kuryel, Pierre Leroux, Giorgi Maisuradze, Carlos Motta, Serazer Pekerman, Marco Pasi, Marko Peljhan, Spinvis (Erik de jong), Pelin Tan, Ad van Denderen, Lidwien van de Ven, Rob van Kranenburg, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Loïc Wacquant, Marta Zarzycka.

Book distribution: Shashin Art Bookshop, Monospace Press, Amsterdam

Location: Exhibition Werkplaats Typografie, De Ateliers, Stadhouderskade 86, Amsterdam

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Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, 2010
Exhibition curated by Philippe Terrier Hermann.

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The publications project is a one year course on publishing and a collection of artists publications issued by the DAI/Dutch Art Institute and designed in collaboration with the designers from Werkplaats Typografie. The 2009-10 edition is directed by artist/curator Delphine Bedel. The Publications Project is an experimental research and production platform that aims to address the specific process of artist books production, from concept and design to distribution. Designers and artists are invited to team up in couples to develop one project, in close collaboration with an author. The format of this diverse collection can varies from magazine, essays, books, and artist editions to performance artefacts. Through very diverse perspectives the artists and designers reflect on publishing as a versatile medium. The limited editions are distributed through artist’s performances, bookshops and artist book fairs. Delphine Bedel is Associated Professor at the DAI.

The book ‘The Detroit Diary’ by Jimini Hignett and design by Anna Haas as been nominated for the Most Beautiful Swiss Book Award 2010.

The Publications Project 2010
Collection editor: Delphine Bedel
Design editor: James Goggin

Artist books by: Lado Darakhvelidze, Taf Hassam, Jimini Hignett, Amanda Koelman, Izabela Oldak, Sevgi Ortaç, Julio Pastor, Viki Semou, Eva Schippers, Ruben van Klaveren, Renaldi Zefi, Veridiana Zurita.

Designed by: Goda Budvytytė, Ines Cox, Gregory Dapra, Anna Haas, Annett Höland, Simone Koller, Lu Liang, Joris van Aken, Boris van den Eynden, Isabelle Vaverka, Lidia Wilkosz.

Guests author and contributors: Emily E. Auger, Mounira Al Solh, Maria Barnas, James Beckett, Delphine Bedel, Lady Equitone, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Funda Bütüner, Jeremy Gilbert, Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen, Haejun Jo & Donghwan Jo, Annette Krauss & Petra Bauer, Aylin Kuryel, Pierre Leroux, Giorgi Maisuradze, Carlos Motta, Serazer Pekerman, Marco Pasi, Marko Peljhan, Spinvis (Erik de jong), Pelin Tan, Ad van Denderen, Lidwien van de Ven, Rob van Kranenburg, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Loïc Wacquant, Marta Zarzycka.

Book distribution: Shashin Art Bookshop, Monospace Press, Amsterdam

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18 September – 18 October 2009
De Brakke Ground, Amsterdam

Presentation of the road movie ‘From the Sidelines – A journey on Route 66’, and a selection of photographs from my journey to America.

THE LAST SESSION: focuses on the aesthetics of endism. Endism in our culture embraces many forms, and partially touches everyone’s life in its connection with death. Endism is an attitude as much as a myth, a sense of foreboding as much as a given story, an orientation to ultimate concerns as much as a commitment to a specific end time narrative. Endism describes the future location and deepest yearnings of the self. Endism is process and vision. It cuts against all logic, is usually mystical, and may become magical. The exhibition will bring together the work of an international selection of artists whose work relates to the broadly interpreted theme of Endism.

With Tomas Adolfs, Stephan Balleux, Paulien Barbas, Delphine Bedel, Staffan Björk, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Fia Cielen, Christine Clinckx, Martha Colburn, Orpheu de Jong, Hadassah Emmerich, Fienden, Andrea Galvani, Tony Garifalakis, Joris Ghekiere, ioulex, Experimental Jetset, Gert Jan Kocken, Matthias Kreutzer, Alexandra Leykauf, Jen Liu, Liesbeth Marit, Kalle Mattsson, Oskar Nilsson, Nick Oberthaler, Dear Reader, Rafael Rozendaal, Kalle Runeson, Etta Säfve, Steve Schepens, Jens Schildt, Seher Shah, Helmut Stallaerts, Tarja Szaraniec, Monica Tormell, Dennis Tyfus, Philippe Vandenberg, Filip Vervaet, Chad VanGaalen, Anne Wenzel and Fabio Wuytack.

THE LAST SESSION: An exhibition, a cinema, a publication.
Curated by Jan Van Woensel in collaboration with The Session.
Vlaamse Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
18 September – 18 October 2009

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