Seminar to be held on September 4, 2010, in connection with the exhibition curated by castillo/corrales at Kabinetten van De Vleeshal
List of the participants
David Bennewith (Amsterdam)
David Bennewith is a graphic designer from New Zealand, who lives in the Netherlands where he founded the imprint Colophon. Graduate of the Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem in 2007, he was then a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Masstricht: his work on New Zealand designer and typographer Joseph Churchward come to a most praised book published in 2009.
Thomas Boutoux (Paris)
Thomas Boutoux (b.1975) works as a Paris-based writer, editor and curator, teacher at the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts since 2005. He is a founding member of castillo/corrales, Section 7 Books and paraguay press, Paris. Past projects include: Hans Ulrich Obrist Interview Volume 1 (book editor, 2003); Dakar Biennale of Contemporary Art (exhibition co-curator, 2004); Hans Ulrich Obrist “Do It” (book editor, 2004); Metronome N°9 and Metronome Press (magazine co-editor, and press founder, 2005); www.rosab.net (magazine editor, 2008) ; A Town, Not a City (exhibition co-curator, Kunsthalle St Gallen, 2008). He co-wrote with artist Guillaume Leblon L’Entretien / The Interview in 2007, and has been the editor of Katinka Bock, a monograph published by Paraguay Press in 2010.
Will Holder (London)
A book designer, publisher, editor and writer, Will Holder approaches books as a reader, aiming to translate content from the inside out. In his work, Holder places the emphasis on language being at the root of any design decision or problem, ‘thinking while making’ in physical terms, and adaptive content in relation to physical, technical limitations as well as conceptual ones. Holder pursues two-long term projects: a translation of William Morris’ News from Nowhere (An epoch of rest) (1876) into a guide for design education and practice set in 2135. This translation was initially serialized in the journal dotdotdot. Holder’s second long-term project, Yes, But Is It Edible? has been conducted since 2004 together with the composer Alex Waterman and is a scored biography of the American composer Robert Ashley. Holder and Waterman have developed a form of typographical notation in order to reproduce (semi-autobiographical) operas that were developed through oral instruction and negotiation. An exhibition of earlier works of Robert Ashley was recently curated by Holder at Objectif-Exhibitions in Antwerpen. Holder also curated “Talk Show” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2009 and teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
François Piron (Paris)
François Piron is an art critic and a curator, teacher at the Lyon School of Fine Arts since 2002, and a founding member of castillo/corrales, Section 7 Books and Paraguay Press in Paris. He formerly founded Trouble and was part of the editorial board of this contemporary art magazine (2001-2006). Recent exhibitions include Société Anonyme (with T. Boutoux and N.Petresin), Le Plateau and Kadist Foundation, Paris 2007-2008; Intocable, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, 2007; Where the Lions Are, Hong Kong, 2008 ; The World as Poem, Lille Art Museum, 2010. He has been the editor of Dora Garcia’s Steal this book, published by Paraguay Press in 2009.
Benjamin Thorel (Paris)
Benjamin Thorel is a writer, art critic and curator based in Paris, member of castillo/corrales and a founder of Section 7 Books and Paraguay Press. Formerly editor-in-chief of French magazines Sofa and Art 21, he is now part of the editorial board of Paris-based journal May and collaborates with magazines such as Flash Art (Milan) and Pétunia (Paris). He is the author of Telle est la télé — L’Art contemporain et la télévision (éditions du Cercle d’Art, 2007). Other publications include Passage in Time (Milan: Skira, 2007; catalogue texts), Play Back (Paris: Paris Musées, 2007; essay), and Dynasty (Paris: Paris Musées, 2010; essay).
Linda van Deursen (Amsterdam)
Linda van Deursen is a graphic designer, whose work in collaboration with Armand Mevis is widely recongnised as inﬂuential in the development of contemporary Dutch design. They are known for their intelligent and innovative work for cultural clients, producing the new identity of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the identity and publications for fashion duo Viktor & Rolf, or magazines such as Metropolis M, and numerous books on architecture and design. Their long and prolific collaboration has been documented in the book Recollected Work: Mevis & Van Deursen, edited with Paul Elliman and published by Artimo in 2005. Linda van Deursen also works as head of the graphic design department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
Kim West (Stockholm)
Kim West is a critic and translator, based in Stockholm. He is an editor of SITE Magazine and a member of the editorial committee of OEI, and has been researching on editorial practices in writing, publishing, curating and filmmaking, focusing on the question of translation and the experimentation in media. Recent publications include essays on Georges Didi-Huberman and Jean-Luc Godard for SITE, as well as a contribution for Katinka Bock’s monograph published by Paraguay Press. He teaches art theory at the University College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm.