I never read.
I just look at pictures.Andy Warhol
The theme of this year's conference is photos + books + stories. It will be presented by six well-known and recognized book designers, artists and creatives:
The speakers will share their experiences and personal insights about photographic publications, publishing practices, the meaning of visual expression and its change, and making the photobook a unique experiential showcase. The event will be complemented by 3 exhibitions.
Delphine Bedel will give a talk on her practices, and present her publishing house and research platform Meta/Books as well as recent projects. In her photo books and exhibitions, she documents sites of tourism and urban transformation, combining images and writings with historical research and archive material. Since its inception, Meta/Books has sought to promote expanded publishing practices from print to digital, questioning the way information is displayed and manipulated through the publishing process. Delphine collaborates with artists, writers and designers, applying various models of production, display and distribution.
Delphine Bedel is an artist, lecturer, editor and publisher, who specialised in emerging practices in photography, design and publishing. Known for her cutting-edge publications, she regularly gives lectures, workshops and serves as jury member and portfolio reviewer for leading art institutions, art and design academies and photo festivals. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Mondriaan Fonds and the German Photography Academy. Meta/Books–her publishing studio and research platform–is an experimental framework to publish art, theory and design and promote a new generation of artists and designers. She is currently a PhD Researcher at UCA-University for the creative Arts (UK).
Indrek Sirkel will talk about his work as a graphic designer, publisher, and bookseller with Lugemik, an independent publishing iniative that he set up in 2010 together with artist Anu Vahtra in Tallinn, Estonia. Lugemik publishes books and other printed matter, working closely with artists, writers, designers, and printers at each stage of the publishing process. In 2013 Lugemik opened a bookshop on the premises of Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia and a second bookshop at Tallinn Art Hall in 2016.
Indrek Sirkel (b. 1984) is a graphic designer, teacher and publisher based in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2007 he has taught and co-organised the curriculum at the graphic design department of Estonian Academy of Arts, and in 2015 he became head of the department. Publications designed by Sirkel have been included in the list of the Most Beautiful Books of Estonia multiple times since 2005. In 2012 he received the award as Best Young Designer (the SÄSI award) in Estonia. In 2013 Lugemik was granted one of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia awards. In 2014 he was one of the members of the selection jury of the International Exhibition of the 26th Brno Biennial.
Gytis will present publications fluctuating between the traditional book format and artistic projects. The talk will focus on how to make a printed project the sequel and twin of an artwork, transforming the classic book format into a unique exhibition space. Gytis cares about alternative publishing practices and their role in representing artwork.
Gytis Skudžinskas works in the fields of graphic design, visual and audio art. He has been designing and compiling albums and exhibition catalogues since 2002. In 2014 he and Vilma Samulionyte founded “NoRoutine Books”, a publishing platform devoted to limited edition conceptual prints, combining classical and contemporary techniques, principles, and methods. Currently living and working in Vilnius.
Julia Borissova will present photography projects and publishing products, focusing on the artistic approach to creating photobooks and the perception of history and memory through images.
Julia Borissova is an artist working with photography, collage, installations and book design. Her works are a platform to bring up the relevance of a wide range of subjects, the fragility of human memory amongst others. The book is her medium to contemplate real-life stories, interweaving fact and fiction.
The presentations will be simultaneously interpreted.
We are proud to present the exhibition of photobooks granted the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.
The exhibition contains 35 books in three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year and Photography Catalogue of the Year.
Exhibitions by “NoRoutineBooks” and conference speakers will also be presented during the event.
We like reading, creating and discussing books. We love book creators, publishers, binders and sellers. We believe there is a place under the sun for books both printed and digital.
We’re always open to the well-intended! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.