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Contemporary Art in Digital Publishing

» July 2, 2013

Contemporary Art in Digital Publishing
between Education and Experimentation

Artelibro Art Book Festival
September 19th-22nd 2013

Palazzo Re Enzo e del Podestà, Bologna

The 10th edition of Artelibro Art Book Festival is proud to present the first independent section dedicated to displaying new opportunities in digital publishing with a selection of apps and ebooks dedicated to contemporary art. The festival takes place in Bologna, Italy from September 19th to 22nd, 2013.

Art in Digital Publishing, between Education and Experimentation, curated by Michela Arfiero, highlights the potentials of digital publishing as a constant source of inspiration and experimentation, in particular for many independent publishers and museum institutions. To those who still ask themselves how the flavor of paper or the print quality can be reproduced? The answer is simple: this can’t be done, but other things can. And it is perhaps by accentuating these other things, working on the differences between print and digital publishing that the most interesting projects take shape.

The didactic aspect, the idea of an archive, the possibilities of research in enjoying a work or a concept through and beyond the text and images are the most innovative features in these projects. Many publications/applications have implemented these new reading opportunities working between content, image, sound and interaction. The App The Unilever Series contains all the exhibitions (from 2000 to today) presented in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London. In this App users can hear the voices that invaded the space in the show Raw Material by Bruce Nauman together with the artist’s drawings. In the App Design Museum Collection by the London-based museum of the same name, Deyan Sudjic, the museum’s Director, describes each single object alongside the item’s image and video for the entire collection.

Another approach to experimentation can be found in magazines created exclusively for the digital format which explore different narration possibilities through the use of juxtaposing layout: text/images, opening/closing, and intrusion of elements that strive to expand the relationship with description.

Today there are very few interactive digital art books in the eBook format so there remains a lot of room for innovation. Technology is still in part, not able to fulfill the desire to reproduce installations, videos, performances, and the combined complexity of the contemporary art experience. Among the most interesting contemporary art eBook publishers, is Badlands Unlimited, a New York-based publishing house founded by the artist Paul Chan. Among the very beautiful artist books in their catalogue there is the series “Wht is?”, ten unique handmade books at the cost of $500 per book; the digital version is $1.99 each. The physical work may belong to just one person, but the ideas, as is often the case, need a wider audience.

Michela Arfiero (Brescia, 1974) is the editor of Fruit of the Forest, an art and design interdisciplinary free magazine for iPad. She is the founder of the independent publishing house Fortino Editions, established in 2011 with the aim of combining artisan practices and technology, with projects ranging from limited printed editions to digital publications. She is the curator of Contemporary Art in Digital Publishing between Education and Experimentation for Artelibro Art Book Festival 2013.

APP
Anish Kapoor, Monumenta 2011 by Réunion des Musées Nationaux
Anri Sala by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
DONE magazine by nordsueddesign
Edward Hopper, from window to window by Réunion des Musées Nationaux
Flash Art International by Giancarlo Politi Editore
Frieze Magazine by Frieze Publishing Ltd.
Fruit of the Forest by Fortino Editions LLC
Irv magazine by lightrhythm visual ltd.
Kelly In Munich von Sieveking print & digital
MoMA AB EX NY by MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Mousse Magazine by Mousse
The Design Museum Collection for iPad by Design Museum
The Unilever Series at Tate Modern by Tate Publishing
WONDEREUR by WONDEREUR Inc.

EBOOKS – IBOOKS
A Neoist Research Project by N O Cantsin
A Porky Prime Cut by Tony White
Elevatio animae by Granger Press LTD
frieze on documenta by Jennifer Allen
HELL_ TREE by Petra Cortright
L’histoire de Bexhill Baudelaire by Niven Govinden
MADE IN USA by Bernadette Corporation
Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews
POEMS by Yvonne Rainer
The help, A companion Guide by Rachel Harrison
Wht is a book? by Paul Chan

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Frieze

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Flash Art magazine

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Mousse magazine

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Wht is a book? by Paul Chan

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | A Neoist Research Project by N O Cantsin

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Anish Kapoor, Monumenta 2011 by Réunion des Musées Nationaux

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Anish Kapoor, Monumenta 2011 by Réunion des Musées Nationaux

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Anri Sala by Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Edward Hopper, from window to window by Réunion des Musées Nationaux

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Irv magazine by lightrhythm visual ltd

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Fruit of the Forest by Fortino Editions LLC

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | DONE magazine by nordsueddesign

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Kelly In Munich by Von Sieveking print & digital

EDITORIA DIGITALE | WONDEREUR by WONDEREUR Inc.

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | MoMA AB EX NY by MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | The Design Museum Collection by Design Museum

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | frieze on documenta by Jennifer Allen

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Poems by Yvonne Rainer

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | The Help, A Companion Guide by Rachel Harrison

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | HELL_TREE by Petra Cortright

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | MADE IN USA n. 1 by BernardetteCORPORATION

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | L'histoire de Bexhill Baudelaire by Niven Govinden

EDITORIA DIGITALE 2013 | A Porky Prime Cut by Tony White

EDITORIA DIGITALE | Elevatio animae by Granger press

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