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On Friday 10 December 2004 the Charles Nypels lectures took place for the second time at the Jan van Eyck Academie. The lectures focused on the future of the (text)book. Speakers were Carel Kuitenbrouwer (design critic), Markus Dreßen (designer, editor), Walter Nikkels (designer, typographer), Just van Rossum & Erik Blokland (letter designers, LettError), Jouke Kleerebezem (artist, editor), Astrid Vorstermans (editor, publisher) and Lars Müller (publisher, designer). They considered the book from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, paying attention to various aspects, including typography, design, editing, publishing and distribution.

On Saturday 11 December 2004 the speakers formulated a research project concerning the future of the book for a second Charles Nypels research project.


What are the most remarkable developments (challenges and/or threats) concerning the status of the (text)book and more specifically the art book that have become apparent in the past years? How could or should a typographer, designer, editor, publisher and distributor react to these matters?

Two years ago an article on the book published in 'Le Monde Diplomatique' stated that if the book disappeared, it would not be because of a shortage but because of a surplus of books. What are opinions on that?

One of the difficult issues concerning art books, artist's books and art catalogues is their distribution and availability. Are there any alternatives to or changes in the ways these books will be distributed?

What will influence the production of art books in future years? Will technological progress (printing on demand, online publishing or digital printing) have an impact on the ways in which books are produced, distributed and read?


10.00 — Filiep Tacq - Welcome

10.30 — Carel Kuitenbrouwer – Good books one can never get enough of
11.15— Markus Dreßen – Service industry in the field of art

12.00 — Lunch break

13.15 — Walter Nikkels - Tomorrow’s book. Margins become frames
14.00 — Just van Rossum and Erik Blokland - The automatic book

14.45 — Coffee break

15.00 — Jouke Kleerebezem - UbiBook
15.30 — Astrid Vorstermans - For the sake of the book. Conflicting interests of book makers
16.15 — Lars Müller - Video interview
16.45 — Round table discussion



free of charge

Jan van Eyck Academie
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands

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Kim Thehu
( or +31 (0)43 350 37 21)

The tomorrow book lectures are sponsored by the Provincie Limburg