a consideration of any aspect of the materiality of written language and of its relation to the space of the page and the space of the book.
AMBruno is an affiliation of artists, currently co-ordinated by Sophie Loss, with diverse individual practices, brought together by a common interest in the medium of the book. For the 19th Contemporary Artist Book Fair they have initiated a new project, words, and will present 14 books by 14 artists, plus some invited contributions, all of these created in response to this theme of the materiality of written language and the space of a page.
Included in the project among others are John Mcdowell and Sophie Loss, Escapade, Sharon Kivland, LALANGUE, Steve Prefect, Shunt, and Phillip Lee, Body for Words
My own book is titled 'Reading Words'
Reading has the potential to be a immersive experience, yet at other times distractions take over. External stimuli provide stumbling blocks to absorption in the words and narrative. Each page is crowded with words, and despite its linear structure, the eye often skitters across the page, drawn to specific words or phrases that leap out from the plane of text. The same passage is read over and over, as an internal dialogue takes over from the text. In The Rustle of Language Barthes explores the experience of looking up from a book while reading, as language is constructed in the mind of the reader. He writes:
Has it never happened, as you were reading a book, that you kept stopping as you read, not because you weren't interested, but because you were: because of a flow of ideas, stimuli, associations? In a word, haven't you ever happened to read while looking up from your book?
Reading Words is a material exploration of the thought processes that occur simultaneously while reading. The artist takes Jean-Paul Sartre’s book Words as reading material and interrupts the flow of the narrative with thoughts and distractions that respond to fragments of the original text.