photobook 2012 Visiting Artists Program


To celebrate the 75th birthday of Ed Ruscha, ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative created ABCED group project that revisits, appropriates and deviates from Ruscha’s original photobook works. At a critical moment of photographic art education in the UK, ABC presents “The Ed Show” and asks: what can be gained from looking back into the self-publishing world of Ed Ruscha?

The Digital Art Gallery at the London South Bank University
103 Borough Road London SE10AAv Map
The exhibition is open on Fridays 14:00-18:00 and by appointment (email:

Visiting artists’ conversations: “Let’s Talk about Ed”
Tuesday 23 rd October 6:00-9:30 pm
An evening of presentations by ABC visiting artists
This event is free to the public.

Jonathan Lewis and Andreas Schmidt: “Without Ed”
They will present ABCED (2012), Artists’ Books Cooperative ABCED group project dedicated to the 75th birthday of Ed Ruscha.

6: 30
paula roush and Maria Lusitano: “Feminising Ed”
They will discuss Tested: vaio road test (2012), in the context of other feminist projects that approach historical artists’ books and documents by the use of archive and exhibition making.

Travis Shaffer: “ ED is ‘merican (american)”
He will discuss his various projects addressing Ruscha’s artist books as quintessentially american works.
Travis Shaffer is a Professor of photography in Lawrence, Kansas – a college town equidistant from Ed’s birth town of Omaha, Nebraska and childhood home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As such this discussion will be via skype.

Part of the photobook 2012 Visiting Artists Program
The photobook Visiting Artists Program features leading photographers and photobook artists who discuss emergent issues in photobook publishing. The exhibition and conversations are intended to address the photo artist book within a discourse of found image and archival book practice, and what these modes of appropriation and distribution mean for contemporary self-publishing.
Presented in cooperation with the Centre for Media and Culture Research and the Borough Road Gallery, the Visiting Artists Program supports the BA & MA photography courses at LSBU, which has a specialist photobook module.

Dress code: California casual attire (sunglasses allowed)


photobook 2011 Visiting Artists Program

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

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                        

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