The Artist Book in Slovenia 1966-2010 An exhibition by Tadej Pogačar/ The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute

29 September, 2011

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The artist book as a distinct medium in Slovenia is the subject of this exhibition organised by Tadej Pogačar/ The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute.

  • The artist book emerged in Slovenia with the OHO Group, in the context of the neo-avant-garde art scene of the 1960s, in an atmosphere permeated with social and political activism.
  • It developed in the 1970s with the production of the Westeast anthologies. Compiled by Franci Zagoričnik, they included around 700 original works by artists from Eastern and Western Europe and Asia.
  • The 1980s and early 1990s were marked by the production of fanzines from the alternative scene, which was particularly active in the larger cities of Ljubljana and Maribor.
  • In the past decade, artist books in Slovenia have been characterized by the hybridization of different genres, original neo-conceptual approaches, and the use of electronic formats, such as CD ROMs and digital archives.

The project, curated by Tadej Pogačar will be presented in London as a gallery-based installation with a selection of artist books and a lecture about the artist book in Slovenia from 1966-2010.

Join us: Tuesday 11th october 2011 at 1:30 pm- for an artist’s lecture and guided tour of the exhibition

Wednesday 12th october 2011 at 5:00pm- for the private view of the exhibition

The gallery is open to the public: Thursday 13th October- Friday 28th October
You can visit it: Thursdays and Fridays14:00-18:00

Venue: Digital Art Gallery at the London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA
London, United Kingdom [01 on the map]

Further information:

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is a non-profit-making institution that works in the area of contemporary art through programmes for production, education, and exchange. It is the leading independent producer and publisher of artist books in Slovenia. In 2007, it developed the Artist Book Seminar, which featured lectures, exhibitions, and workshops devoted to the topic. Since 2008, the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute has taken part in artist-book fairs in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London, Ljubljana, and New York.

The exhibition and lecture are part of the photobook module, facilitated by paula roush in the Digital Photography programme at the London South Bank University.

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute

Tadej Pogačar 

 The photobook module

 BA (Hons) Digital Photography

 MA Digital Photography

For further information contact: paula roush                        

Orphan pictures: abandoned photographs, re-enacted memories and other historical mishaps

12 May, 2011

An exhibition about artistic strategies that explore historical methods in the work with photographic archives.

The works in the exhibition examine varied strategies to work with photographic archives, from performative re-enactments of historical events, to appropriations of the conventions of the archive and the performative restaging of the subject that result from a critical re-appraisal of concrete archival material.

A project by paula roush with Paul Richards, David Lewis, Chris Packham and the participants in the miniarchive project: William Thomas Ainsworth, Louise Bargus, Rebecca Prideaux, Brogan Watt, Ieashia Savannah Sealy-Jewiss, Sara Pintado, Valeria Gaeta, Laura-Sophie Voss, Louise Ann Stevens, Melissa Kasilian, Ida Maria Stigaard Nielsen, Daniella Fedele, Martyn Odell, Liam Mulligan, Bradley Chippington, Thomas Valentine, Alexia-Alkmini Michalos, Carlotta Paolieri, Joshua Murray, Amy Bolland.

May 16-23, 2011 (Monday–Friday, 11AM–6PM)
Reception: Monday, May 16, 4­7 PM
London South Bank University
Digital Art Gallery
103 Ground floor Borough Road
and Mezzanine Gallery
K1 Building Keyworth Street
London SE10AA

A seven weeks practice research project developed in response to a series of 3 lectures
1-photography and reenactment

2-found photographies and archives

3-artists responses to institutional archives

BA (Hons) Digital Photography

2009 Digital Photography Degree Show

16 May, 2009

Don’t miss the 2009 Degree Show for the BA (Hons) Digital Photography at the London South Bank University.


Where: KEYWORTH MEDIA CENTRE, keyworth Street (Elephant & Castle)

Also showing their work: BA (Hons) Digital Media Arts, BA (Hons) Music and Sonic Media and BA (Hons) Game Cultures.

Exhibition open to public: Saturday 6th June, 1-5pm
Monday 8th June to Thursday 11th June, 10am – 5pm

peeping tom

19 December, 2008
peeping tom by thomas evans at the voyeur projectview, pre-installation shot
peeping tom by thomas evans at the voyeur project view, pre-installation shot


between snapshots and avatars

3 December, 2008


The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research has a call for papers on the theme:
Pedagogy, Education and Innovation in Virtual Worlds. Together with my collaborators Ming Nie and Matthew Wheeler from Leicester University’s Beyond Distance Research Alliance we are submitting a draft for a paper titled Between snapshots and avatars: using visual methodologies for fieldwork in Second Life. Here’s the abstract:

For a Digital Photography degree, Second Life presents a unique teaching & learning environment. It is one of the most photographed 3-D Multi User Virtual Environments, with snapshots (digital images) of its residents and locations circulating abundantly online and in the media. Crucially, in addition to offering its own photographic tools, it is a rich social space with many possibilities for art-based photographic research.
However, in spite of the large educators community now working in SL and the increasing number of universities extending their presences in-world, pedagogical frameworks to bring art and media students for fieldwork in SL are still relatively rare and educators wanting to explore creative approaches may find themselves in a situation similar to other ‘newbies’: with a dressed up avatar…but nowhere to go!
This paper addresses this issue with the discussion of a case study that fostered collaborative learning in a SL photography-based research project.
We delineate the use of photographic tools to both capture and display images and describe the activities used for situated field/ethnographic work.
We interviewed students and tutors who participated in activities in SL. We observed their in-world training and teaching sessions, and we analyzed the chat log recorded from each in-world session. This experiment demonstrates a good example of how to use SL for supporting group discussion and interaction through the development of interactive objects.

The results revealed students’ identity perceptions through avatars and how this presence had an impact on group discussion and negotiation. The results also show the potential of SL for researching into subcultures and promoting students to consider broader ethical issues when conducing photo-based field work in SL.
The paper presents a reflective approach to practice-based research and debates the wider potential of immersive virtual worlds for digital media in relation to research into subcultures.

Learners in the Co-creation of Knowledge (LICK) 2008

26 October, 2008

Metamorphosis by aga wierzbicka

Digital photography at the London South Bank University has been active in the area of photo publishing and in the research of social media applications -from blogs to print on demand online companies -to support self-publishing. The resuts of some of this work are being presented this week at Learners in the Co-creation of Knowledge (LICK) 2008, the symposium in emerging pedagogies and technologies hosted by the Napier university, in Edinburgh. Paula Roush and Ruth Brown present: Social networking and authentic engagement: students as produsers. Full programme here:

second life explorations

26 October, 2008

In previous weeks participants had the opportunity to actively engage in several tasks. These included exploring Second Life, capturing images of its communities, and participating in the construction of their personalised StoryCubes. The aim for that last SL-tivity was for participants to further explore and debate the wider potential of immersive virtual worlds for digital media and digital photography in relation to research into subcultures.