Last week at university we have had our first exhibition of the year on display.
"The Book in Context is an exhibition of
bookworks created by the third year London College of Communication
undergraduates on the BA (Hons) Book Arts & Design programme.
These bookworks are a demonstration of how our traditional
preconceptions of the Book can be challenged through exploration and
interrogation of the Book’s form.
As Book Arts & Design is an interdisciplinary subject, the
student’s work on display incorporates fine art, graphic design and
independent publishing, together with a drawing of inspiration from
historical and contextual sources. Consequently, the bookworks are
self-authored projects, a communicating and packaging of ideas tailored
to the student’s chosen theme - a demonstration of books as verbal and
narrative exploration, as documents, as a visual form and books as
As a result, The Book in Context exhibition challenges how we, the
audience, are being encouraged to think about the way information is
consumed, how reading patterns and styles are evolving and how the Book
is responding to the digital age.
However, the Book as a printed artefact is still one to behold and
this exhibition is recognition of the wonderful fluidity and
possibilities within the Book; how it stretches our imagination and
continues to adapt to our ever-changing world.
‘A book is a highly complex organisation of material and conceptual elements’ (Drucker, J. 2004. The Century of Artists’ Books)"
Text from the interim show blog.
All photos from my phone.