— Delphine Bedel


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.

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)

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

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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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‘Beyond Paradise’ Talk and Film Screening with Delphine Bedel & Ayako Yoshimura.Introduction by Matthieu Laurette. Screening ‘Celebration’ By Quirine Racké & Helena Muskens (2005, 55′)

‘The […] ambivalence of tourism, which also applies to our world in general, is reality and its copy at a time when copies are increasingly more realistic and reality is increasingly penetrated by the illusion of fiction‘ (Marc Augé)

Delphine Bedel and Ayako Yoshimura will present the two-part project ‘Beyond Paradise’ -an exhibition and film programme- they curated at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Maison Descartes – Institut Français des Pays-Bas in 2008. A selection of film excerpts from the project will be presented, followed by the screening of the documentary ‘Celebration’ by Racké & Muskens. Delphine Bedel will introduce her last publication ‘All that is solid melts into air, Notes on Tourism’ (Rotterdam, 2008), a collective research investigating the relation between tourism and politics of memory.

‘Beyond Paradise’ addresses the cultural and social changes that have altered our perspectives on tourism. As sociologist John Urry described in his breakthrough publication The Tourist Gaze, visual culture is central to the tourist experience. It could also be stated that the tourist industry, global mobility and media consumption and especially their abundant visual culture shape our vision of contemporary society. Tourist image production and narratives, as we know them from travel brochures, postcards, advertisements, films, are addressed in the works presented. They reflect on the construction of expectations, experiences and the social imaginary of places evoked by the ubiquitous and pervasive culture of tourism we are living in nowadays. ‘Beyond Paradise’ investigates modes of representation and visibility, starting from the mass production of images – a scheme central to the leisure industry – and the idealized imagery of places, and moves away from the familiar Tourist Gaze to construct unexpected fictional or personal narratives. The promises of these idealistic and seductive images are appropriated and eventually shifted in the works presented , to reveal other realities, and take us beyond paradise in order to question one of the greatest fictions of our times: that of tourism

The film ‘Celebration’ shows six couples in search of utopia. They are the residents of Celebration; the latest version of the American Dream, built in Florida by Walt Disney. Walt Disney always said that dreams can come true. Is Celebration a dream come true in a world gone wrong?

WIELS, Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels. Saturday 20.03.2010, 16:00

Delphine Bedel is curator, artist and writer (http://blog.delphinebedel.com), Ayako Yoshimura is artist and curator. They are both based in Amsterdam. The exhibition ‘Beyond Paradise’ included works by Bik Van der Pol, Patricia Esquivias, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Mustafa Hulusi, Arnout Killian, Matthieu Laurette, Sascha Pohle, Lisl Ponger, Erkan Özgen & Sener Özmen. The film programme presented a selection of documentary, short films and videos addressing various perspectives on tourism in diverse geographical and political contexts. It featured films by Quirine Racké & Helena Muskens, Kamal Aljafari, Olivo Barbieri, Mounir Fatmi, Kwang-Ju Son, Bik Van der Pol and Kai-Ting Lin.

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27 June – 25 July 2009
Shashin Art bookshop, Amsterdam

6 YEARS: THE COLLECTION. This exhibition, curated by the artist Emily Williams, will bring the Publications Project released over the last six years together for the first time.

The Publications Project is a collection of artists publications issued by the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and designed in collaboration with the Werkplaats Typografie (both master programmes of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts). It is a platform that aims to address the specific process of artist books production, from concept and design to distribution. Since 2003, designers from the Werkplaats Typografie and artists from DAI are invited to team up in couples and develop one project, in close collaboration with an author. The collection was directed by various editors over the last years (Joke Robaard 2006, Maureen Mooren 2007, Emily Pethick 2008). The 2009 edition consists of sixteen publications edited by artist and curator Delphine Bedel. The format of this diverse collection varies from magazine, essays, books, playing cards & artist editions to performance artefacts. Through very diverse perspectives and practices the artists and designers reflect on publishing as a versatile medium.

Expanding on the reflection upon modes of distribution of artist books, the exhibition 6 YEARS: THE COLLECTION at Shashin Art bookshop places the collection directly in the context of other possible circulation for a publication.
The basement of Shashin’s Art bookshop will function as a transitory space where the trajectory of the publications can be intersected, viewed and interacted with. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to send publications to the address of their choice. A chosen publication can be left in a provided envelope and addressed (as a gift) to a receiver. All the envelopes compiled during the one month exhibition will be sent to the addresses written on the envelopes. The artists of the publications projects were asked by Emily Williams, on whose or which bookshelf they would like their publications to arrive. An example of their answers were: on top of the first space shuttle to land on the moon: Apollo 8” and “to the little boy one of the authors once was 20 years ago”. By considering a publication through the imagined destination given to it by its author, a new perspective is opened on the content of the publication. This approach was inspired by reconsidering conventional categorization and
ordering of libraries.

Shashin Art Bookshop
1ste C. Huygenstraat 19, NL-1054 BP Amsterdam. +31 (0)6 20592744

The Goethe Institute, Amsterdam as well as the Stokroos Foundation, Utrecht have each kindly supported one of the 2009 publication. Editor of the Publications Project 2009: Delphine Bedel. Photo credit: Emily Williams & Nikos Doulos, taken from an original Ex-libris Paulo José Pires Brandão. Design: Joris van Aken

* The Dutch Art Institute (DAI) is an MFA program that provides emerging artists with an international platform for exchange, collaboration and dialogue with peers as well as with established practitioners and theoreticians.

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Sunday 21st of June 2009, 14.00-18.00
Casco, Utrecht

Curated by Delphine Bedel and David Weber-Krebs.

The Publications Project: Since 4 years the Dutch Art Institute Masters Program offers its graduating students to produce a small publication, in collaboration with Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem. This project is mediated by the artist/curator Delphine Bedel. Each publication is edited in 250 copies. The publication varies from printed matter, book, and artist edition to performance artefact. For each project, the artist teamed up with a graphic designer from Werkplaats Typografie, and invited a guest author to contribute to it. During one year various aspect of publishing – concept, editing and design, production and distribution- have been addressed.

Publications by: Kevin Drager, Rana Hamadeh, Yota Ioannidou, Sasha Miljevic,  Suzanne van Rest, Buba Cvoric Marina Tomic, Seda Manavoglu,  Barbara Philipp,  Teresa Diaz Nerio, Tvika Gutter,  Yen Yitzu/Itz, Hidenori Mitsue,  Raymond Huizinga, Manami Yoshimoto.

Designers: Marc Hollenstein, Dries Wiewouters, Julie van Severen, Stephen Serrato,  Hyo Kwon, Joris van Aken, jeremy Jannsen, Julie Peeters

Contributions by: Grzegorz Dmochowski, Michael Uwemedimo, David Morrow, Sandra Alvarado Bordas, Jovana Stokic, Vesna Madzoski, Yannis Eustathopoulos, Sands Murray Wassink, Marko Stamenkovic, Francesco Bernardelli, Sabina Pasic, Philip Jenks, Samira Borovik Brandao, Carole Counihan, Alena Alexandrova, Hala Elkoussy and others

6 Years: The Collection
Exhibition: Opening Saturday 27 June, 15.00- 19.00
Curated by Emily Williams. An overview over the publications and printed matter published by the DAI over the last 5 years, in the frame of the Publications Projects, will be exhibited at the art bookshop Shashin in Amsterdam.

Dutch Art Institute
Werkplaats Typografie

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Saturday 27 September, 20.00
Lokaal 01, Breda / Breda Photo 2008

Film Screening:Mounir Fatmi, Jérôme Schlomoff, Ayako Yoshimura. Schlomoff and Yoshimura will introduce their film.
Curated by Delphine Bedel

These films present unexpected perspectives on the inescapable process of urban transformation, from the city of Amsterdam to the French suburbs or the megalopolis. Often made out of still images, and constructed on visual and poetic narratives, these films reflect upon urban palimpsests and globalization.

In the frame of the photography festival Breda Photo 2008
Lokaal 01, Breda
Kloosterlaan 138, NL-4811 EE BREDA +31 (0)76 514 19 28

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26 September- 26 October 2008
Breda Photo 2008 / Lokaal 01, Breda

The Experience of Atopia.
Exhibition and Film Programme curated by
Delphine Bedel
Kamal Ajafari, Delphine Bedel, Renata Poljak, Ilya Rabinovich, Rossella Biscotti

With a very singular and strong photographic or cinematographic language, the works presented in the exhibition and the films selected for the screening, investigate the urban or political transformation -that occurred in the diverse contexts addressed by the artists- and draws unexpected and complex relations between personal memory, history and experience. Personal narratives reflect upon historical and political changes, which often find a translation into specific architectures, places and images. Buildings, industrial sites, holiday location or family houses become the central character of the works presented. The ‘return to place’, the recall of familiar locations and images or films becomes a subtle movement between architectures of memory and placelessness. Atopia, as defined by Roland Barthes, is a singular place that resists taxonomy, stereotypes and territorialisation. It is a place in movement. The exhibition offers a reflection upon the transitory structures of cultural representation and the experience of atopia.
A publication, edited by D. Bedel will be available in the exhibition.

Film Screening Saturday 27 September, 20.00
Jérôme Schlomoff, Mounir Fatmi, Ayako Yoshimura

These films present unexpected perspectives on the inescapable process of urban transformation, from the city of Amsterdam to the French suburbs or the megalopolis. Often made out of still images, and constructed on visual and poetic narratives, these films reflect upon urban palimpsests and globalization. Schlomoff and Yoshimura will introduce their film.

Breda Photo 2008 / Lokaal 01, Breda
Kloosterlaan 138, NL-4811 EE BREDA. +31 (0)76 514 19 28
Opening: Friday 26 September, 20.00 Thur-Sun, 13.00-17.00

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