Art(ists’) books and exhibition making

Thursday April 21, 11:00 – 18:00
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Admission free

Overgaden. Institut for Samtidskunst
Overgaden Neden Vandet 17
1414 Copenhagen K


Welcome to One Thousand Books 2016
The host, Lodret Vandret, introduces the festival


Presentation of exhibition concepts
Each publisher briefly introduces themselves and their exhibition concepts.


Jérôme Dupeyrat – art historian
The paradoxes of exhibited books
Books are extremely difficult to exhibit because they accomplish themselves an exhibition function. Nevertheless, there are more and more exhibitions dedicated to books, and especially artists' books. When books are exhibited as objects to see and not really as objects to read, they are not anymore "real books". When books are readable, so the exhibition is not really an exhibition anymore, but rather a reading room or a library. Between these two possibilities, books can also stay efficient in the exhibition space by transforming themselves in an other kind of artwork: installation, performance, etc. All this possibilities are paradoxical but nevertheless interesting as they permit to observe what books make to exhibitions and what exhibitions make to books.


Sandwiches will be served


Lorenzo Benedetti – curator and former art space director
Luc Derycke – publisher, editor and designer of books
On MER. Transpositions
Today the book medium is a rapidly shifting ground, and so is re-defining the artists’ book medium as well. On how art and books have been relating.


Merete Jankowski – curator and director of Overgaden
The Artist Book as Fetish
This talk will discuss various theoretical approaches to the art book as an object
of fetishization within an exhibition context and the art book as a site of class
and discursive struggle in an increasingly digitalized world.




Meriç Algün Ringborg – artist
Exhibiting the Book
As part of the One Thousand Books seminar I will give an artist talk focused on a series of text-based projects where I’ve used the book as a medium. Books, and the form of the book, have played an important role in shaping some of my text-based works. However, exhibiting a book in a gallery space has its constraints. I will talk about how I tackled these constraints and challenges by speaking about some of the exhibitions I’ve made over the recent years. I will also present a few of other artist’s projects that have been influential to my practice.


Panel debate
Art(ists’) books and exhibition making
Speakers and audience reflect on the day’s presentations.
Moderated by Lodret Vandret.


Thanks and see you Saturday


Jérôme Dupeyrat is an art historian. His activities include criticism, publishing, curating, research and teaching. His research concerns in particular artists’ books, and more widely the links between art and edition.

Lorenzo Benedetti (1972, Rome, IT) was director of art center De Vleeshal in Middelburg (NL) from 2008 and until recently of the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. He studied Art History at La Sapienza in Rome and attended the Curatorial Programme at De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam (NL). In 2005 he founded the Sound Art Museum in Rome - a space dedicated to sound in visual art. He was director of the art centre Volume! in Rome and curator at the Museum Marta Herford, in Herford (DE). He was guest curator at La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse (FR). He was tutor at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL) and writes regularly for exhibition catalogues and art magazines. At De Vleeshal he has realized a series of exhibitions with art book publishers, like Roma Publications and Abake, and in 2014 with MER. Paper Kunsthalle.

Luc Derycke is since 1988 a publisher, editor and designer of books and artists’ books. In 2004 he founded MER. Paper Kunsthalle to investigate the relation of book publishing with exhibiting art.

Merete Jankowski (born 1978), curator, writer, and educator. Director of Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, former director of Funen Art Academy and curator at The Danish Arts Foundation.

Meriç Algün Ringborg (b.1983, Istanbul) is an artist based in Stockholm. Her multifaceted work concentrates on issues of identity, borders, bureaucracy, language and mobility through appropriated and “ready-made” texts, dictionaries and archives. Recent exhibitions include SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Becoming European, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014).