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13 September 14:00 – 18:00

14 September
10:00 –13:00

Jan van Eyck Academie

Meeting #1

Will Holder, Sarah Infanger, Jouke Kleerebezem, Lars Müller, Filiep Tacq, Daniël van der Velden, Joël Vermot, Richard Vijgen

On 13 and 14 September 2005 the research project The tomorrow book will start with a meeting of its researchers (Sarah Infanger, Joël Vermot and Richard Vijgen) and advising researchers (Daniël van der Velden, Jouke Kleerebezem and Filiep Tacq). Together with special guests Lars Müller and Will Holder, they will advance some theses on the book, reflect on the possible direction of the research into the future of the book and formulate a working method.

Jouke Kleerebezem’s statement Ubibook-mark-up will not focus on what a book is or on where a book is, or was, or will be, but on when a book is, or was, or will be. He considers the ‘when’ of importance to the book, both historically and for the future.

Filiep Tacq will elaborate on The uncanny strategies of the (art)book. From Rubens to Ed Ruscha. The outside of a book, especially the cover, has something to ‘say’ which goes beyond the actual content of the book. Publishers or artists want to convey a specific meaning with the design of their books. As such, design is used as a strategic instrument to add to the content of the book.

The Swiss publisher Lars Müller will stress the three-dimensional aspects of the book in relationship to electronic and digital media: Building books into the digital world.

Designer Will Holder considers language at the source of design and publishing. In his statement An attempt to evolve he will give 99 remarks on speculative fiction, allegories, repetitive practice, instructions, insistence, audience and poetry as a means for structuring a social environment.

Daniël van der Velden will state that Books become buildings. Towards the end of the twentieth century, the book grew to enormous proportions. The exploitation of its physical size, weight and material features made the book into a means to occupy space. These 'former coffee table books' share a tendency to become coffee tables themselves. They might no longer be seen as maxi-books, but rather as furniture. If the end of print is in sight, these are the dinosaurs: a grotesque species that travels the earth, dramatically illuminating the critical condition of post-modern reading. Books are no longer meant to be read or even opened. Books are no longer in the public domain, but private property competing with clothes, cars and design.