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                        

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


peepshow exhibition

17 September, 2008

In partnership with the Lisbon-based Voyeur Project View gallery, da gallery -the digital art gallery at the London South Bank University- will be transformed into a digital peepshow for two weeks from September 25th.
Today peep show is mostly associated with the entertainment industry, but the beginnings of the peep show mechanism can be traced back to the work of Leon Battista Alberti (1437) and Filippo Brunelleschi (1418-20), Renaissance painters that started using the device of a box with an “eye” to present miniature scenes painted and /or built in perspective, as well as to Martin Engelbrecht (1730), author of peepshow miniature theatres for children, and Edison (1896), who launched the kinetoscope peep show, the first machine to bridge photography, film and peep show.

The project, an initiative of Rodrigo Vilhena with Paula Roush and the participants in the Photographic Art project of the Digital Photography program at the London South Bank University, is developed with a focus on screen-based work engaging with the themes of voyeurism, peep show, surveillance, and the gaze. Whilst the exhibition in the Voyeur Project View in Lisbon is shown in a series of display mechanisms purposefully built to simulate a peepshow effect, the exhibition in the da gallery in London will screen the video works as a running program.


Kate Anthony, Helene Ohman, Karel Polt, Sindy Pussa, Aga Wierzbicka, Shea Rico, Paul Lincoln, Daniel Neves, Georgi Manolov, Alastair Sanchez, Jasmine Blatt, Thomas Evans, MJ Gumayagay, Liz Aspden, Natalie Cheung, Nicola Goodban, Jessica Kril, Nicola Penfold, Parveen Sahota, Lee Slaymaker, Mark Westlake.

Exhibition spaces
Voyeur Project View
Opening: Thursday, 18th 10pm-midnight
Show runs until october 19 2008
Address:Travessa do Convento de Jesus 12a -16a, Lisbon 1200-126

da gallery, the digital art gallery at the London South Bank University
103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA.
Opening: Thursday, 25th 6p-9pm
Show runs until october 10th 2008

part of the in-struhk-shuhn programme: facebook event page


4 June, 2007

housewife.jpg photo by chris charalambous from the series paper cut.

7th-11th June 2007
End of the year show

Keyworth Centre
London South Bank University
Keyworth Street
Elephant & Castle London SE1 0AA
click here for map

Thursday 7th June 5pm-9pm

Viewing times
8th-11th June 10am-9pm


2 May, 2007


A photographic project based on participation and the mashup of technologies, from camera photography, to blogs and gps and an online base at, at the Leeds Met Gallery from 14 to 7 May 2007. In the image, the enactement of these instructions left on the blog: Walk on streets that spell “LEEDS”. Start on a street that begins with “L”, then go to the nearest street that begins with “E”, and so on. Carry big placards so people know which letter you’re on. Video these actions.


2 May, 2007

Two exhibitions ending this weekend not to miss (yr1: friday pm):


Jasmina Cibic (Slovenia) shows photos as site-specific interventions taken in airports, rural scenes and other locations in Slovenia. These are uncanny constructed scenes specific to Slovenia and more accurately Ljubljana. In the south-london (Deptford) gallery Bearspace.

Andreas Gursky at Central-london’s White Cube Mason’s Yard ina solo show of his latest large-scale work, incluidng the F1 series.

landscape photography

28 April, 2007

Caroline Christie and Bobby Lloyd, Painted Deserts, 2007

Henry Carroll, Big Bob; The World’s Oldest Rock, 2005

Two London photographic exhibitions exploring the meaning of landscape as a genre and evolving site for the production of spatial meaning.

At the East-London‘s based Space Gallery, Caroline Christie and Bobby Lloyd allow the audience to sculpt a sandpit in the shape of east London’s Olympic site, an evolving space that is surrounded by their large scale photographic images of the Olympic area, between 3rd May and 23rd June.

At the South-London’s Wyer Gallery,Henry Carroll‘s photographic landscapes are scale models designed to simulate American Places (the title of the exhibition), between 4th May and 2nd June.

found photography

23 April, 2007

Worth a visit (this friday for year 1) are the two exhibitions currently at the Photographer’s gallery, both dealing with the everyday, vernacular photography and in/formal archives: Joachim Schmid’s Selected Photoworks 1982-2007 developed with found photography (in the main gallery) and Found, Shared: The Magazine Photowork on photomagazines that publish found photography (in the cafe gallery).

Joachim Schmid presents projects developed with material found both in the streets and online, as well as reinterpretation of archives, both his own and institutional ones.

Works produced from material found in the streets include:

pictures from the street, joachim schmid
From the project Pictures from the street 1982-, Joachim Schmid

Pictures from the street (1982-)
: an ongoing collection of photos found in streets throughout the world, some reduced to fragments, others badly damaged, all placed on individual A4 sheets of paper pinned to the wall with the location and date of the finding on vynil lettering placed right underneath on the wall, fixing the finding to time-space coordinates that evolve to the moment of the exhibition with the latest finding as a polaroid from London, collected when the current exhibition was being installed.

Belo Horizonte, Joachim Schmid
From the project Belo Horizonte,Parque Municipal 1993-, Joachim Schmid

Belo Horizonte,Parque Municipal (1993), a black and white series of brasilian people’s photographs, developed after Joachim collected the negatives thrown away by street photographers that are the equivalent of photo booths, and produce “automatic photos” , right ont he spot for people to take away for id purposes. Enlarged and placed on a grid format, this found material gets a different dimension, like a detournement from street to gallery portraits.

Works produced with material from the Institute for Recycling Old Photos, an organisation created by the artist to recycle photography sent by people that want to dispose of their photographic possessions, include:

Statics, Joachim Schmid
From the project Statics((pinup postcards), 1998, Joachim Schmid

Statics (1995-2003), a series of collages produced by assembling shredded photos and photopublications following specific thematics such as baseball cards and pinup cards;

Photogenetic Drafts,  Joachim Schmid
From the project Photogenetic Drafts 1991, Joachim Schmid

and Photogenetic Drafts (1991), a series of collages produced from a collection of negatives from people’s portraits, sent by a professional photographer who sliced them in half to prevent them from being re-used; however their similarity of pose and framing suggested a possibility of creating combined portraits, juxtaposing front and back from different sitters;

people and things, joachim schmid
From the project People and Things 2006, Joachim Schmid

In addition to working with material found in streets, Joachim also scavenges the internet for the sort of vernacular photography that is so abundant online. He has assembled this in a multichannel digital photo installation (2006). with 853 images assembled in a 58 minutes loop titled People and Things: 853 Pictures for the 21st Century with the material organised in 22 groups of images which include students ids, real estate, bycicles and corporate photography.

very miscellaneous, joachim schmid
From the project Very Miscellaneous 1996, Joachim Schmid

Finally, two project revealing two diffferent approaches, complement the exhibition.Very Miscellaneous, (1996): created during a residency at the George Garland Archive at the West Sussex Records Office., is a recontextualisation of a collection of portraits of local people taken by the local studio photographer George Garland, with photographs taken by Joachim of pages from newspapers, where the effect blurr/sharp helps to abstract/ emphasise the newsprint.

From the project Thousand skies 2005, Joachim Schmid

Thousand skies (2005) is an archive of 1000 digital photographs taken by Joachim of helicopters flying over Berlin, when he was diagnosed with hyperacusis, a hearing problem that led to hyersensitivity to certain noises, namely of the helicopters; His painful reaction to the environment worked as a mechanism to take out his camera and shoot the skies everytime an helicopter crossed them above his head; part of the series are the many shots where he only succeded in taking the clouds, all images being shown in two monitors, as well as a small format 60 pages publication, produced to coincide with the exhibition.

Found, Shared: The Magazine Photowork is an installation culled from the archives of four magazines that publish found photos. All dealing with popular, found photography, they reveal however quite distinct stretegies. These are:

found magazine
Found Magazine (USA), is a participatory printed and online project ( set up by Davy Rothbarth, to collect contributions from people who find things and want to share them with others, these including a propensity for photographic material; a sister publication Dirty Found, set up by Jason Bitner and Arthur Jones, specialises on the porno side of found photography;

useful photography
Useful Photography (Netherlands), is a collaboration between Erik Kessels and Hans Aarsman, Hans Van Der Meer, Julian Germain and Claude de Cleen, and began publishing in Amsterdam in 2000. It marries usual A4 magazine size with an anti-glossy attitude, organising its issues around specific thematics that illustrate the vernacular uses of photography , such as shots of missing persons, or online photos of ebay articles. Edited about once a year.

Ohio (Germany), is a project by Uschi Huber and Jorg Paul Janka, the first six issues co-edited in collaboration with Hans-Peter Feldmann and consisting of photography only publications (no cpations, no editorial statements) of the editors’ personal collections of found photography, a concept that enlarged in the following issues to more systematic thematic collaborations with amateur photographers on topics such as corporate or hunting photography. Edited about twice a year.

Permanent Food (Italy-France) started as a collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster (who now left the project), consisting of a photography magazine assembled from pages scanned from other glossy magazines, appropriating images from a variety of magazines circulating in the commercial market, it started in 1995 and is also available in a modified online version as Permanent Foam at:, allowing visitors to compile a website from found websites.

manchester photography

3 April, 2007

Blogging from Manchester, sitting in the cafe at the Cornerhouse and browsing through the brochures of upcoming exhibitions I find these two photography exhibitions which make me think of a good reason to organise a field trip to Manchester with 1st and/or 2nd year students. Booking in advance through First Great Western it costs £32 return ticket. The exhibitions are:

Chain at the Chinese Arts centre, with work by
He Chengyao , Annie Hsiao-Ching Wang & Amy Cham. From 13 April to 17 June.

Do Not Refreeze: Photography behind the Berlin Wall with work by: Arno Fischer, Helga Paris, Evelyn Richter, Ulrich Wüst, Erasmus Scroeter, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Ursula Arnold, Maria Sewcz, Sibylle Bergemann, at the Cornerhouse Gallery From Fri 13 April to Sun 17 June.