NAVIGATING THE BOOKSCAPE: ARTISTS’ BOOKS AND THE DIGITAL INTERFACE Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom & FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

 

Curator David Paton invited five artists to produce a work for a show of traditional and contemporary 'artists books' to "... open up questions around what the digital interface can bring to the conventions of the codex." – (Robyn Sassen). The exhibition featured an interactive work, THE LOST MEN PROJECT (GRAHAMSTOWN) – a digital program running on a computer concealed within a custom-designed pedestal supporting a touch sensitive monitor and headphones. A soundtrack entices the viewer to touch the screen depicting a photographic close-up of the artist’s skin bruised with embossed names. Each successive touch induces a change of image as the names slowly disappear.

 

Texts
Paul Emmanuel
interviewed by
David Paton


Essay by Robyn Sassen

Review by Christo Doherty

Links
theartistsbook website

Photos
THE LOST MEN
PROJECT (GRAHAMSTOWN)

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