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.


Paul Emmanuel
interviewed by
David Paton

Essay by Robyn Sassen

Review by Christo Doherty

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