The expanded practice of the artist’s book: Immersion in the artist’s museum


How do we recognise an artist’s book when it becomes an expanded practice?
Is the same method of sourcing, research and display of materials used in books and collections alike?
Can the space where the book is made and exhibited be considered an artist’s museum?
These were Francisco Varela initial questions when he saw the Blackchapel bookwork at
house-studio-gallery in London.

The first section of the essay explores the “expanded” characteristics of the artist’s book, probing whether
this notion is extensible to the activity of space production practiced 
by paula roush at her house–studio–gallery,
an activity which is unique to and inseparable from her 
live-work method. These artistic methodologies are clarified
within an interdisciplinary 
framework that includes the concepts of  “autoethnography,” “space–time sequence”
and “contemporaneity.”
The second section explores the notion of “dispositif,” with the intention to reveal the multiple structuring elements
of a live–work practice here called “immersive.”
The third section analyses the “museographic” process inherent to the space, a practice associated to the house–studio–gallery.
This live–work–curation method is identified in 
relation to various museological frameworks that are exercised in that space.



TITLE WORK: The expanded practice of the artist’s book
Immersion in the artist’s museum
AUTHOR: Francisco Varela
MEDIUM: photo–essay
PAGES: 188
DIMENSIONS: 20,3 cm x 12,7 cm 
PAPER: Recycled Natural 135 gsm
BINDING: perfect bound
COLOUR: Black & white
EDITION: Paperback
DESIGN: mobile studio
PUBLISHER: msdm publications
ISBN: 978-1-7390996-9-5

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