In these uncertain times, publishing practice is experiencing a renaissance. The rise and rise of the art book, and of major art-book-focused events, seems to be at odds with expert predictions of publishing’s bleak future. In this panel discussion, designers, curators, publishers and educators explore questions of medium and method, critically and reflexively, to ask: why do we love art books so much?
Ricardo Juárez is a proactive graphic designer from Madrid. His work is mainly focused on art, music and culture related projects, covering a high range of skills from book design and identity to video and internet technologies. In the publishing field, he co-founded Libros Mutantes Madrid Art Book Fair in 2010. He has a wide experience on lectures about self-publishing including events like New York Art Book Fair celebrated at MoMA PS1, Los Angeles Art Book fair celebrated at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, or Sprint Art Book Fair, Milan.
Together with Silvia Bianchi he started research on independent children’s books, creating Boookids Feria del libro infantil de Madrid in 2015, and Libros Amigos Kids Festival in 2016, highlighting the rise of quality and number of publications on this field during the last years. You will find some of the best Spanish children’s books at their booth at Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Silvia Bianchi’s work ranges from art curating to teaching, including event management and creative direction. She has been curating Libros Mutantes Madrid Art Book Fair since 2011. She has also curated festivals about new technologies and arts & crafts, including the Alhajadú Kids Festival in Madrid in 2013 and 2014. She has a wide experience on lectures about self-publishing including events like New York Art Book Fair celebrated at MoMA PS1, Los Angeles Art Book fair celebrated at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Encuentro de editores at Mexico D. F. and Guadalajara or Sprint Art Book Fair, Milan.
Magdalena Koziak-Podsiadlo, is a designer and educator at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland and co-runs the Book Design Studio (est 1910). Koziak-Podsiadlo trained at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, receiving a degree from the Department of Design Methodology, and completed a post-graduate programme for Curators in contemporary art at the Jagiellonian University. Her practice includes books, album and catalogue design as well as visual identification.
Žiga Testen is a Slovenian graphic designer living in Melbourne, Australia whose activities include graphic design, editing, curatorial projects and collaborations with artists, curators, activists and theoreticians. His work relies heavily on language and typography with a specific interest in the relationship of aesthetics and politics.
Stuart Geddes is a graphic designer and occasional publisher, mostly of books, and occasionally other kinds of projects (magazines and journals, exhibitions and websites). He co-edits/designs/publishes motorcycle magazine Head Full of Snakes, and is an industry fellow, researcher and PhD candidate at RMIT University.
Megan Patty is Senior Publications Coordinator, National Gallery of Victoria and Curator, Melbourne Art Book Fair. Her research interests include contemporary publishing practices and the role modern museums play in their dissemination.
The appearance of Ricardo Juárez and Silvia Bianchi is supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).