Course Content (Syllabus)
Artists' books, (livres d 'artiste), are works of art in the form of books. They may be book-like items that are either unique or published in small editions. Although artists have been involved in printing and producing books for centuries, artists' books as a distinct form of art are an invention of the 20th century. Artists' books are difficult to categorize. They are hybrid, flexible, using a wide range of techniques and may refer to other disciplines. Often these are works that appropriate other books, projects that use a wide variety of media such as photography, film, printing, collage, assemblage, drawing, painting, engraving and sound, projects presented in the form of installations. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the potential of this medium, which manifests both in the presence of the artist book in various projects and in the significant exhibition activity that focuses on it .
The teaching methodology will be based on the analysis of examples of artists' books. The aim is to familiarize students with word and image relations, with visual poetry, with the spatiality of textuality, with the possibilities of translation between representational means, with the digital transformations of the medium, with the aesthetic and political parameters of the artist book , with hypertextuality, with typography and layout, non-materialised and paper architecture, issues of framing, production, consumption and dispersion, authenticity and reproduction of the artwork. Ultimately, the objective is the expansion of visual and architectural media and the mastering of narrative possibilities. Students are expected to present in public five examples of artist books drawn from the bibliography and the websites given below and produce their own artist book.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γκούντμαν, Νέλσον, Γλώσσες της Τέχνης, Εκκρεμές, 2005
Flusser, Vilem, Προς μια Φιλοσοφία της Φωτογραφίας, Μακεδονικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, University Studio Press, 1998
-Benjamin, Walter, Το έργο τέχνης την εποχή της δυνατότητας τεχνικής αναπαραγωγής του, στο Benjamin, Walter, Για το έργο τέχνης, Τρία δοκίμια, Πλέθρον 2013.
-Barthes, Roland, Εικόνα-Μουσική-Κείμενο, Πλέθρον, Αθήνα 1988.
-Δασκαλοθανάσης, Νίκος, (επιμ.) Από τη μινιμαλιστική στην εννοιολογική Τέχνη, Μια κριτική ανθολογία, Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών, Αθήνα 2006.
Additional bibliography for study
Johanna Drucker, The century of artists’ Books, Granary Books, New York, 1995
Riva Castleman, A century of Artists Books, 2002
Stéphane Mallarmé, Ιγκιτούρ ή η Τρέλα του Ελμπενόν, Μια ζαριά ποτέ δεν θα καταργήσει το τυχαίο (μετάφραση - επίμετρο: Μαρία Ευσταθιάδη), Γαβριηλίδης 2010
Anna Sigridur Arnar, The Book as Instrument, Stéphane Mallarmé, the Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture, University of Chicago Press, 2011