Labyrint 09 - Writings and Observations
November 7th – March 13th 2010
Curators: Joanna Sandell and Pia Sandström
Opening party on the 6th of November
At Botkyrka konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.
An overscored agenda, automated voice poetry, a painting with a deadly message – hundreds of stories by artists from the US, Sweden, South Africa, Finland, Turkey, The Netherlands, France. When Labyrint 09 - Writings and Observations opens on the 7th of November this year more than 200 artist’s books will be presented, but also text art and sound works in relation to writing.
We asked artists to share their early working processes and new methods with us. The exhibition consists of a fantastic and unusual array of texts, filled with anarchy and thought experiments, say the curators of Labyrint, Joanna Sandell and Pia Sandström. The exhibition focuses on writing as a way of seeing, a way of altering the world.
Botkyrka konsthall started working with artist’s books through the exhibition Labyrint in 2006, an extensive circular library of 260 international artist’s books. The publishing house Labyrint Press was founded shortly thereafter. In the exhibition architecture of Labyrint 09 created by artist Pia Sandström the contours of the sketch book align with the feel of a shimmering salon. The exhibition guides are dressed in coats of unwritten pages. In the new café visitors can participate by writing on the oilcloth coated tables in the textile For Poetry designed especially for Labyrint 09.
During the late fall and early winter the archive will grow and change. Some books will b ebrought out and presented at different times, others can be borrowed in the nearby local library. And for those who want, newly created art works in PDF-format can be copied directly in the exhibition and follow you home.
Artist Book-exhibition Labyrint,
at Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
November 11th, 2006 - January 31th, 2007
Those who imagine a limitless universe forget that within it exists only a certain number of books. I dare to suggest the following solution to this ancient problem: the library is unlimited and periodical.
From Jorge Luis Borges ”The Library of Babel”, 1963
Translation by Johan Lundh
With this quote from Jorge Luis Borges, Botkyrka Konsthall invites artists to contribute to the Artist Book-exhibition Labyrint, an international exhibition which examines how the book is used as an artistic expression in contemporary art today.
The term Artist Book was minted in United States in 1960s by artists experimenting with
new ways of shaping and spreading art. Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Dieter Rot and Ed Ruscha from 1963 has been claimed as the first Artist Book ever made. Soon the Artist
Book became an artistic expression unto itself.
An Artist Book is a book or a bookish object where an artist’s involvement has been of vital importance. It’s a manifestation of an artist’s creativity and an artwork proper/itself. This definition excludes most exhibition catalogues, magazines, papers, etc.
A catalogue that corresponds to the exhibition architecture will be produced. Neither the exhibition nor the catalogue will have a beginning or an end – instead there will be an
unlimited number of entrances and exits, as the labyrinth-like book Jorge Luis Borges
describes in his short story The Garden of Forking Paths (1941).
Maybe my age and my fear deceives me; nevertheless I do believe that the human race – the one and only – is dying out, but that the Library is going to maintain; illuminated,
solitary, unlimited, absolutely fixed, filled with precious volumes, abundance, untouchable and secret.
From Jorge Luis Borges ”The Library of Babel”
Translation by Johan Lundh
Labyrint is a project initiated by Joanna Sandell and Pia Sandström.
Project coordinator Johan Lundh.