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Singapore Art Book Fair 2018

29 Jun 2018, Fri - 1 Jul 2018, Sun 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Visit us at Booth 39B!

Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is an independent annual multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books & zines. Free and open to the public, SGABF features art books, art catalogues, monographs, zines, and printed ephemera. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a range of art-related fringe activities.

PUBLISHING AS DISCOURSE is the title of the programme for Singapore Art Book Fair 2018, curated by NTU CCA Singapore, that explores the media of publishing as a discursive space. This series of conversations and presentations brings together international publishers, writers and scholars, curators and artists who use the field of publishing as a critical form to engage with the arts.

Singapore Art Book Fair 2018 will be held in The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, and all public programmes will take place in The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, unless otherwise stated. Publications by NTU CCA Singapore will be available for purchase at Booth 39B.

FRIDAY, 29 JUNE 2018

4.00 – 5.00pm
Publishing Artists’ Books – Artist Trade Book

In Spring 2017, eight Asian recipients of the Steidl Book Award were invited to make their books in Göttingen, Germany. Among them were Singaporean artists Broy Lim and Woong Soak Teng. With each concept, the artists translated their ideas and work into a book form, crafting, and refining stories and visuals into book objects. This conversation will share the process, challenges, and constraints the artists had in order to arrive at the book they called their own. 

Speakers:
Broy Lim (Singapore), artist
Woong Soak Teng (Singapore), artist
Moderated by Gwen Lee (Singapore), Co-founder and Director, Singapore International Photography Festival and DECK gallery

6.00 – 7.30pm
Publishing Complexes

This session discusses some of the strategies art magazine publishers adopt to present a comprehensible outlook of current developments in contemporary art, as well as evaluates the magazine’s role in generating discourse in the arts. Magazine publishers have grown beyond producing conventional printed series to delving into, not only digital platforms, but also activities such as exhibition making, fair and festival initiatives, education programmes, and other forms of artistic production while maintaining their core business in publishing.

Speakers:
Kaye Cain-Nielsen (United States), Editor-in-Chief, e-flux journal
Chloe Chu (Hong Kong), Associate Editor, ArtAsiaPacific
Robin Peckham (United States/China), Editor-in-Chief, LEAP magazine
Mark Rappolt (United Kingdom), Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview and ArtReview Asia
Amy Sherlock (United Kingdom), Deputy Editor, frieze magazine
Moderated by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa (Singapore), Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore

 

SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2018

1.30 – 5.00pm
Publishing Artists’ Books — Case Study Presentations

This event features case study presentations of artist-book projects selected by international and regional independent publishers. The speakers will introduce various collaborative projects between artists and publishers, providing insight into how artists’ books are conceptualised and how they develop into the final printed form.

Presenters:
1.30 – 2.30pm: Christophe Boutin (France), Co-founder, onestar press and Three Star Books
2.45 – 3.45pm: Shyue Woon (Singapore), artist and architect
4.00 – 5.00pm: Wei Guan (China), Co-founder, Bananafish Books and Art Director, Shanghai Art Book Fair
Moderated by Magdalena Magiera (Poland/Singapore), Curator, Outreach & Education, NTU CCA Singapore

5.30 – 7.00pm
Publishing Geopolitics

A discussion about scholarly journals and their role in writing art histories. In conversation are editorial representative from established and relatively young journals with varied focus on regional or global discourses. This session revolves around questions of the academic periodical as a discursive space for writing art histories and critically examines their geographical and conceptual markers.

Speakers:
Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez (Philippines), Editorial Board Member, Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia
Keith Wallace (Canada), Editor-in-Chief, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Moderated by Peter Schoppert (Singapore), President, Singapore Book Publishers Association and Director, National University Singapore Press

 

SUNDAY, 1 JULY 2018

1.30 – 5.00pm
Publishing Artists’ Books — Case Study Presentations

This event features case study presentations of artist-book projects selected by international and regional independent publishers. The speakers will introduce various collaborative projects between artists and publishers, providing insight into how artists’ books are conceptualised and how they develop into the final printed form.

Presenters:
1.30 – 2.30pm: Ringo Bunoan (Philippines), artist and Co-founder, artbooks.ph
2.45 – 3.45pm: Beatrix Pang (Hong Kong), Founder, Small Tune Press
4.00 – 5.00pm: Savannah Gorton (Germany/Denmark), curator and Co-founder, Friends with Books
Moderated by Roger Nelson (Australia/Singapore), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and NTU CCA Singapore

5.30 – 7.00pm
Publishing Independently

What is the potential of self-initiated publications as forms of artistic collaboration? What are the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing versus traditional publishing and what do they contribute to the cultural field? This panel explores recent developments in self-publishing, what necessitates these forms of independent production and how they contribute as platforms for distribution and for developing readership for the arts.

Speakers:
Ringo Bunoan (Philippines), artist and Co-founder, Art Book Philippines
Savannah Gorton (Germany/Denmark), curator and Co-founder, Friends with Books
Beatrix Pang (Hong Kong), Founder, Small Tune Press
Moderated by Shubigi Rao (India/Singapore), artist


Special Book Projects presented by Three Star Books (France)

At the invitation of NTU CCA Singapore, Three Star Books presents two projects from artists Gabriel Kuri (Mexico) and Jonathan Monk (United Kingdom/Germany) in the Exhibition Hall at Singapore Art Book Fair 2018:

Gabriel Kuri’s Reduce to Improper Fraction (2018) follows the artist’s interest in mathematical interpretations of the world, exploring the visual vocabulary used to teach children how to master the complex world of fractions employing coloured pages, die-cut shapes and graphic reproductions.

Jonathan Monk‘s 24 Dessins Isométriques (Afrique Cubique) (2017) combines ideas and forms while linking dates and locations; the artist knows that great art is sparked by the friction of two antagonistic elements, and this time Monk has decided to play with two of his favorite fetishes: African wax print and Sol Lewitt’s Isometric Drawings from 1982. The result is 24 isometric drawings by Sol Lewitt silk-screened upon a selection of African wax textiles that have been bound together as a typical textiles “sample book.” 

 

Three Star Books (France) is owned and managed by Christophe Boutin and Mélanie Scarciglia with Maddalena Quarta operating studio production. At Three Star, the term artist’s book is interpreted loosely and the production of works strive as both a challenge and foray into redefining what constitutes as “a page” within a “book.” Each publication begins and ends with the artist’s vision. Three Star Books works directly with the artist to conceive, experiment, and produce each fine-crafted edition.

 

 

Find out more about Singapore Art Book Fair 2018
http://www.singaporeartbookfair.org/

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