Sitterwerk Art Library, St. Gall — November 12 to January 29, 2018
The Sitterwerk Art Library is dynamic in more ways than one. In addition to the library's unique cataloguing robot, the books themselves contain a multitude of notes, newspaper cutouts, and ephemera which open up new insights, histories, and lines of enquiry. These ephemera were left behind by the avid book collector, Daniel Rohner, as well as other individuals, who donated books to Sitterwerk. In the exhibition Orphan Papers, Izet Sheshivari highlights how these things left behind are as much part of the Sitterwerk library as the books themselves. The ephemera is catalogued and curated, and displayed within the library in such a way that invites interaction. Library visitors can continue to access and read the books as usual, but the exhbition allows them to do so on top of, and surrounded by, the personal notes and cutouts which have been left behind. The exhibition is therefore an optimistic invitation for visitors to add their personal voices to continuing research, and to enter other people's universes in order to explore their own. The presence of the Sitterwerk's material archive lends poignancy to these voices which have now passed away. In addition, it represents a multitude of potential personal futures.
ECAL Hall, Lausanne — June 1st to 4th 2017
For Designing Writing and following the invitation by Alexandru Balgiu, Simon Mager and Frederik Mahler-Andersen, Izet Sheshivari display a selection of books from the archive of The Liberated Page Archive.
The Liberated Page
Le Commun, Geneva — From November 21 to December 28, 2014
The recent evolution and democratisation of printing techniques has encouraged many artists to re-evaluate their position in relation to literature, to books, and to the page. Dedicated to the exploration of new practices within art book production, “The Liberated Page” will consider the page for its simultaneously poetic, structural and physical elements.
The exhibition will highlight a wide range of interventions and approaches, and will discuss in particular, how artists invent new books and why their invention opens up new possibilities for the page – as well as for communication and language.
The biennale will highlight the work of several contemporary artists concerned with the page, in conversation with such historic examples as books from artists Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, and Seth Siegelaub, bookworks from publishing houses Something Else Press and Ecart (including work by Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, and Dick Higgins), an anthology by Guy Schraenen, the Mèla post card book from Maurizio Nannucci, as well as the complete Franklin Furnace archive.
During the period of the Russian avant-garde in the 1920s and also worldwide in the 1960s, artists explored the numerous possibilities which were available for the alternative dissemination of their works. During the 1960s, Mail Art subsequently became very popular, presenting as it did an easy way for artists to utilise their private and personal sphere to form a ‘cultural strategy’ – using works of art as an alternative method of communication. It was in this climate that artists’ books really began to proliferate, and as documented ten years later by the seminal book artist, poet and critic Ulises Carrión, artists’ books could now potentially exist autonomously, and communicate with a new ‘artistic language’.
The title of the exhibition, reuses the title of an anthology which was dedicated to the review “Typographica”. This review was founded, conceived and edited by the celebrated editor and designer Herbert Spencer, and whilst the duration of its publication was short – a total of 32 issues were published between 1949 and 1967 – its influence has been profound, reaching far beyond its modest distribution and circulation. Spencer used different types of papers and typography to present an eclectic range of topics from Braille poetry to sex and typography. The review provided a critical alternative to the dominant conventions of the printing industry and tastes inherited from the 1920s. It made a strong contribution to the spread of ‘European’ concrete poetry in the United States, and published one of the first British articles on the subject, at the moment when concrete poetry was just becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
Spencer’s role as designer/editor, able to think both visually and verbally – merging images and words – presented a totally renewed relationship with the page. It is this sprit and potential for a renewed debate and critical conversation about our relationship with the page, and our communication with one another, which “The Liberated Page” aims to provoke and encourage.
A number of contemporary artists and publishers concerned with the renewal of the book format have been invited to take part to share their perspectives. These artists are Manuel Burgener, Raffaella Chiara, Norbert Costin, Elizabeth Lebon, Louise Guerra, Václav Pozárek, Hinrich Sachs, Claudia de La Torre and Ofer Wolberger.
Books of David Abel, Vito Acconci, Laurence Aëgerter, Gwen Allen, Ghada Amer, Giovanni Anceschi, David Antin, Edgar Arsenaux, John M. Armleder, John Ashbery, Danielle Aubert, Michael Baer, Jean Balderston, Fiona Banner, Cyril Barett, Lothard Baumgarten, Glen Baxter, Jurgen Becker, Elisbetta Benassi, Johann Besse, Joseph Beuys, Max Bill, Samuli Blatter & Ray Hegelbach, Barbara Bloom, Doro Boehme & Eric Baskauskas, Christian Boltanski, N. Bonkob-Nahhnt, Kazys Boruta, Jean-François Bory, Franziska Brandt, George Brecht, Ray Bremser, Patrick Bridgwater, Marcel Broodthaerts, Stanley Brouwn, Eleanor Brown, Pascal Brun, Ruth Buchanan, Daniel Buren, Esther Burri, Michel Butor, John Cage, Ulises Carrión, Henri Chopin, Christo, Tom Clark, Claude Closky, Les Coleman, Dan Colen, Kirby Congdon, Le Corbusier, Philip Corner, Louis Couturat, Italo Cremona, Salvador Dali, Jacques Damase, Sergio Dangelo, herman de vries, Julie Deck Marsault, Robert L. Delevoy, Yves Dendal, Jan Dibbets, Jim Dine & Iron Padget, Eric Doeringer, Ed Dorn, Myers, Peter Downsbrough, D. Duville, Shannon Ebner, Dexter Sinister, A.K. El Janabi, Loris Essary, Karl Kempton, Jan Estep, Chris Evans, Jesper Fabricius, Robert Filliou, Peter Finch, Alec Finlay, James Fitzsimmons, Charles Foster, Karl Kempton, Adrian Frutiger, Joseph Gabe, Thomas Galler, Maxime Gambus, Gelatin, Genesis, P-Orridge, Nadine Gerber, Karl Gerstner, Jochen Gerz, Rob Gessner, Michael Gibbs, Bauersche Giesserei, Alex Gildzen, Gloria Glitzer, Beat Gloor, Keith Godard, Eugen Gomringer, Rodney Graham, Jack Green, Zaj group of Madrid, Michael Guggenheimer, Wade Guyton, Zuni Halpern, Paula Hammer, Al Hansen, Jesse Harris, Mischa Hedinger, Steven Heller, Geoff Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Masano Hirayama, Jost Hochüli, Tim Hollander, Roni Horn, Anthony Huberman, Alfonso Hüppi, Trevor Huskey, Luis Jacob, Kazimierz Andrzej Jaworskj, Elfriede Jelinek, Brad Johson, Allen Jones, George K. Shortess, Allan Kaprow, M. Kasper, On Kawara, Brian Kennon, Rudyard Kipling, Martin Kippenberger, Bengt af Klintberg, Alison Knowles, Petra Elena Köhle, Nicolas Vermot Petit-Outhenin, Ronald Koop, Richard Kostelanetz, Henry James Korn, Margia Kramer, Reiner Kunze, Mikko Kuorinki, Manford L. Eaton, Christian Lange, Warja Lavater, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Stéphane Le Mercier, Jean-Marie Le Sidaner, Stefanie Linos, Roland Lëmmli, Jochen Lempert, Roger Levenson, Sol LeWitt, Lyn Lifshin, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Raphael Linsi, Georges Linze, Lucy Lippard, Ronald William Loewinsohn, Richard Long, Hans Rudolf Lutz, Andres Lutz & Anders Guggisberg, Thomas M. Disch, Jacson Mac Low, George Maciunas, Thomas Mailaender, Stéphane Mallarmé, Al Masarik, Die Weisse Massai, Peter Maurer, Maximage, Wong May, hansjörg mayer, Micki Mc Gee, Marshall McLuhan, Mario Merz, Fabrizio Mondatori, David Morice, Simon Morris, Thomas Müllenbach, Max Müller & Rolf Waltz, Norman Ogue Mustill, Rick Myers, Roland Nachtigäller, Maurizio Nannucci, Hideki Noma, Sang Nam Lee, Ay-O, Liam O'Gallagher, Joan Oh, Claes Oldenburg, Claus von der Osten, Soner Ön, Maureen Owen, Knud Pedersen, Adam Pendleton, Raymond Pettibon, Mathis Pfäffli, Simon Schnelleman, Benjamin Phelan, Laurie Palmer, Michalis Pichler, Peter Piller, Falke Pisano, Harry Polkinhorn, Timothy Porges, Tania Prill, Alberto Vieceli, Sebastian Cremers, Richard Prince, Lisa Radon, Markus Raetz, Lisi Raskin, Société Réaliste, Georg Rehsteiner, Christa Reinig, Andy Rementer, Alan Riddell, Alexandre Rodtchenko, Dieter Roth, Jerome Rothenberg, Margrit Rowell, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Gerhard Rühm, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Luigi Russolo, Mark Ruwedel, Giovanna Sandri, Roland Schappert, Tilman Schlevogt, Andreas Schmidt, Guy Schraenen, Dieter Schwarz, Jim Shaw, Gail Sher, Jim Shere, Seth Siegelaub, Thomas Siemon, Joseph Simas, Michael Smith, Gary Snyder, Herbert Spencer, Daniel Spoerri, Theo Stadler, Klaus Stadtmüller, Erik Steinbrecher, Telfer Stokes, Varvara Stepanova, Miriam Sturzenegger, Dunstan Thompson, Louisa van Leer, Josefa Vaughan, Christian Vetter, Fritz Franz Vogel, Jan Voss, Wolf Vostell, Hans Waanders, Tom Wasmuth, Craig Watson, Ann-Charlotte Weimarck, Lawrence Weiner, Eva Weinmayr, Emmett William, Michael Joseph Winkler, Rolf Winnewisser, Harold Witt, Veronica Wüst, Rémy Zaugg, Suzanne Zavrian, Zero, Lukas Zimmermann, Joe Zorrilla, Francine Zubeil were on display.
Together with Boabooks
Skopia Gallery, Geneva — From January 16 to March 1st, 2014
Printed Matter, New York — From December 21 to January 14, 2013
Izet Sheshivari will launch a special reappropriation issue of Art-Rite Magazine, imagining what the “missing” issue No. 16 would have been had editors Walter Robinson and Edit Deak produced it. The project was born from ongoing research by Izet Sheshivari into alternative New York presses and will result in a future exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. It follows Blank Book Makers, an exhibition held in 2012. In addition to a presentation of books, Izet Sheshivari will exhibit a selection of special prints and editions. This includes a project stemming from “Inventory of Destruction” a folded newsprint comprised of 180 short statements by the French artist Eric Watier recounting the destruction of various artworks. Five newsprint pages have been altered as the result of ink blotting when print rollers were voluntarily stopped mid-run. Another work, “Post Vinyle” presents the homemade picture discs of Swiss artist Frédéric Post produced under his pirate records label “Miracole”. From this edition, five copies contain a signed and numbered original handmade vinyl by Frédéric Post. “The Fog is a Light Darkness” looks at the nature of drawing through the sculptural paper installations of Miriam Sturzenegger. Copies feature a wood case (wood, plaster, white paint), signed and numbered by the artist are available for purchase during the show.
Blank Book Makers
Fonderie Kugler, Geneva — From 2nd to 17th of June, 2012
This exhibition is meant to address the latest developments in artists’ book history. An amazing corpus of new works makes up a most dynamic overview. There are many books dealing with topics such as emptiness, space, or the very substance of pages, and we deemed it necessary to look at the influence of books that have been published in neighbouring fields to that of the book or bookworks publications, in order for us to better define our investigation. Showing all facets and aspects through the most significant images was an option made difficult by the abundance of publications.
With the contribution of AND Publishing, Vincent Barras, Olivier Bessard-Banquy, Boabooks, Boekie Woekie, Susanne Bürner, Coracle press, Simon Cutts, dasein, editions 75, edition fink, edition.nord, Jérémie Gindre, Greatest Hits, Lynn Harris, Héros-Limite, éditions incertain sens, Innen zine, Louis Lüthi, Mark Pezinger Verlag, Nieves, Occasional Papers, OMMU, Jan Voss, Eric Watier, Eva Weinmayr, Westphalie Verlag, Zédélé and the books of Vito Acconci, Pierre Garnier, Art & Langage, Robert Barry, Roland Barthes, Pierre Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Julien Berberat, Irma Blank, O.F. Bollnow, Ray Bradbury, Koen Brams & Krist Gruijthuijsen, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Susanne Bürner, Paul Bury, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Italo Calvino, Ulises Carrión, Mariana Castillo Deball, Les Coleman, Sackett Colin, Simon Cutts, Lieven De Boeck & John Murphy, Guy de Cointet, Pierre de Massot, herman de vries, Jean Delvaux, Dieter Roth, Victor David Dinnerstein, Peter Downsbrough, Marcel Duchamp, Fra Elbertus, Leif Eriksson, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robert et Cie Filliou, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Jason Fulford, Heinz Gappmayr, Dora Garcia, William H. Gass, Nicolas Geiser, Michael Gibbs, Fabrice Gigy, Sébastien Goy, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Sönke Hallman, Jérôme Hentsch, Katrin Herzner, Susan Hiller, Masanao Hirayama, Anthony Huberman, Tom Johnson, David Jourdan, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Richard Kostelanetz, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Frédéric Laé, James Langdon, Yvan Le Bozec, Henri Lefebvre, Jürg Lehni & Alex Rich, Gordon Lish, Louis Lüthi, Anne Lydia, George Maciunas, Sara MacKillop, Stéphane Mallarmé, Piero Manzoni, Annette Messager, Helen Mirra & Lyn Hejinian, Jonathan Monk, Bruno Munari, Julien Nédélec, Bp Nichol & David Aylwood, Sun Noh, Brian O’Doherty, Paul van Dijk, Georges Perec, Michalis Pischler, Salvador Plascencia, Manuel Raeder, Sophie Ristelhueber, Niklaus Ruegg, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Rusha, Claude Rutault, Georg Rutishauser & Matthias Kuhn, Jonathan Safran Foer, Sarkis, Ferdinand Schmatz & Heimo Zobernig, Janis Schroeder, Idries Shah, Izet Sheshivari, Sterne Laurence, Peter Stoffel, Ramaya Tegegne, Nik Thoenen & Lorenzo le kou Meyr, Tim Lee & Markus Soo, Roland Topor, Endre Tót, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Richard Tuttle, Jiri Valoch, Bernard Villers, Jan Voss, Andy Warhol, Eric Watier, Lawrence Weiner, Eva Weinmayr, Karen Willey, Ian Wilson, Rahel Zoller were on display.