Feature, 11.06.2018

I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2018
13–16 June 2018

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The Swiss art book fair I Never Read focus on the publication programs of around one hundred national and international, institutional and independent publishers, artists, and designers. The fair is committed to being a platform that facilitates connections between text, contemporary art production, artistic presentation, and the form of the book. This year’s thematic focus lies on book collections as well as the development of and various types of libraries. A process of reflection first turns an accumulation of things into a proper collection. The tasks of collecting, sorting, and transferring are among the working methods of the artist. In contrast, the tasks of collecting, editing, and distributing are among the working methods of the publisher. In the realization of an art publication or artist book, these functions are often interconnected. The importance of public and private libraries—whether physical or digital—is again playing a larger role in the debate surrounding a post-digital age. The amount of information and content that is being processed has neither diminished nor dissolved. On the contrary, consciously collecting is an expression of individualism, and it remains an important aspect of determining one’s own position.

Laszlo Glozer Analoges Paradies, photos by Malte Wandel, 2018

Laszlo Glozer Analoges Paradies, photos by Malte Wandel, 2018