Séance de lecture #2

Taking the formats of the séance and public reading as a point of departure, Hurth was joined by writer Dave Tompkins and designer Vasilis Marmatakis in exploring the physical manifestation and performativity of a book through the act of reading and the repetitive manipulation of pages. The investigation focused on a subjective look at Stéphane Mallarmé’s unrealized book Le livre and Herbert Bayer’s exhibition concepts, the dynamic relationship between text and word, the materiality of writing and reading and the expansion of images once manipulated, re-read and spoken.

The polyphony of voices and disappearance of the author provided a terrain for the foreword to Hurth’s artist’s book language in the darkness of the world through inverse images.
(Text source: Dominique Hurth)

Dominique HURTH (*1985 in Colmar/FR), lives in Berlin. She completed studies at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London (BA 2005), at the Academy of Arts, Berlin (MA 2007) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (MA Visual Arts 2009) and was a Fine Art Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2010/11). Exhibitions include: procreated by husband, put on ice by scientists, aroused by wife, Clockwork Gallery, Berlin (solo, 2013); Blackout, Look 13, Liverpool International Photography Festival, Liverpool (2013), le périmètre interne, Institut Français, Barcelona; La Triennale—Intense Proximity, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Palais de Tokyo Paris (2012), …aber wir sind der sprache scheißegal, Archive Books Berlin (together with Scriptings, Achim Lengerer, 2012).

Vasilis MARMATAKIS is an independent graphic designer and a lecturer at the Vakalo College of Art and Design in Athens. Co-founder of the award-winning MNP design studio, in 2013 he completed a two-year research project entitled Official Narratives, a visualization of the space as typographically transcribed between the private and the public in the official state documents of the Greek civil service.

Dave TOMPKINS’ first book, How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip Hop, is about hearing things and how cross-talk can find its way into the pulse. He contributes to Paris Review, Slate and Grantland. Tompkins is currently researching the natural history of low end in south Florida, and regularly writes about music, popular culture and technology. Born in North Carolina, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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