Currently offered lectures
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and scheduling. We encourage student groups in the NYC area to schedule a lecture in our Greenpoint space. Lectures are also adaptable for classroom and theatrical sites and are available in workshop, residency, and course formats. A hands-on display of artist books and related materials follows each presentation.
ZINES & THE DIY BOOK
This lecture includes a survey of artists’ books, comics, ‘zines, graphic novels and other printed matter with discussion of their historical context and interrelations. Fine art printing is now being used for disposable literature while contemporary design and printing technology have made trade publishing accessible to DIY-ers. We will review artwork by artists such as Fly, Caroline Paquita, Rich Lee, Evil Twin Publications, Keg de Souza, Iggy Scam (Erick Lyle) and many others.
Artists’ books are produced as vehicles for emotional and evocative visual information. These works not only convey data but provide an intellectual and aesthetic experience that will inspire the reader to profoundly engage with the subject matter and perhaps catalyze action. In the 21st Century, where taking an activist stance involves preventing the possible destruction of the entire planet’s ecosystem, discussing the use of art and bookmaking as a tool for human and ecological rights and actions becomes urgent and unavoidable. This presentation provides an outline for strategies to incorporate social engagement into art and bookmaking. It will also include a viewing and discussion of innovative social practice publications produced by and for various activist organizations including: Occupy Wall Street, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Zapatistas, and the Sublevarte collective in Mexico City.
Using both popular and extremely rare artists’ books as examples, this lecture will explore the myriad possibilities for the photographic book form, ranging from hand printed unique artists’ books to cutting edge limited edition hybrid media books to innovative trade publications. We will also discuss the growing popularity of photo-based zines. We will work from artists including Stephen Dupont, Dana Smith, Colette Fu, and Adam Golfer.
THE PHOTO ART BOOK INTENSIVE WORKSHOP (2 SESSIONS)
Using both popular and extremely rare artists’ books as examples in a hands on workshop, the first session will explore the myriad possibilities for the photographic book form, ranging from hand printed unique artists’ books to cutting edge limited edition hybrid media books to innovative trade publications. The workshop will also focus on learning a critical vocabulary and historical context in order to develop a more social and self aware photography practice. Participants will be asked to develop a photography-based artist’s book rough mock-up or detailed concept proposal to present at the second session. In this final session, the instructor will provide feedback on participants’ projects and explore the details of funding, production and distribution of photography based artists’ books.