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  • For the fifth time the Muthesius Art University presents the
    Symposium »Dialog der Schrift«. The event is planned and
    organised by a group of students from the typography
    department. It offers the opportunity to question contemporary
    design and border areas of typography and to put these
    into new contexts. It is accompanied by an exhibition presenting
    students’ works from the past two years.
    This year the »Dialog der Schrift« is revolving around the theme
    of the book. We have invited speakers from various disciplines
    to enter a discussion on the »Open Book«.

    Organised and curated by Jona Bähr, Talea Büscher,
    Charlotte Gosch, Insa Kühlcke-Schmoldt und Nina Massow.
    Teaching professors: Prof. André Heers and Prof. Annette le Fort.

    Symposium: 2nd to 4th June 2016 / Exhibition: 2nd to 19th June 2016
    Opening hours of the exhibiton::
    Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 17:00
    Sunday, 19th June: 11:00 – 17:00

    Event location: Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek,
    Sartori & Berger-Speicher, Wall 47/51, 24103 Kiel

    Free entry

    Thursday 2nd June

    19:00 Opening speech by Dr. Arne Zerbst,
    president of the university.
    Musical entertainment by Raminski

    Friday, 3rd June

    10:00 – Lecture by Delphine Bedel
    11:30 – Lecture by Bernd Kuchenbeiser
    13:00 – Lunch Break
    14:00 – Lecture by Antoine Lefebvre
    15:30 – Lecture by Prof. Oswald Egger

    Saturday, 4th June

    11:00 – Lecture by Dr. Marcus Coelen
    12:30 – Lecture by Prof. Ulrike Stoltz
    14:00 – Lunch Break
    15:00 – Lecture by Bernhard Cella

    Closing event with music by Norman Hemeley

    »Meta/Books – Publishing as artistic practice«

    Lecture by Delphine Bedel

    Delphine Bedel is a photographer, lecturer, curator and publisher,
    specialised in emerging practices in photography, design and publishing.
    Founder of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair. She regularly
    contributes to books and magazines, and is a frequent keynote speaker in
    international conferences. Member of the Advisory Board of the
    Mondriaan Fondation and Member of the German Photography Academy (DFA).
    Her work is exhibited internationally. Bedel founded her own imprint in
    2009 and and her awarded editorial work includes over 60 books. She is
    currently MA Thesis Supervisor at Dirty Art Department - Sandberg Instituut,
    and Phd Researcher at UCA – University of Creative Arts (UK).

    Meta/Books operates as an experimental research and publishing platform,
    working closely with artists and designers, media critics and writers,
    printers and programers to develop cutting-edge projects. Promoting expanded
    publishing practices from print to digital, this long term-project aims to
    map the field of current artistic practices leading this debate in the field of art
    and technology, and to explore possible and relevant models and sustainable
    scenarios for the future.

    Friday, 3rd June – 10:00

    »What I know about book design – a disclosure«

    Lecture by Bernd Kuchenbeiser

    By studying books I have learnt everything I know about book
    design. But what value does this knowledge have?
    Is it possible to pass it on? Why are there so little good books
    about book design? What in general do you have to know
    to understand the design content of a book? Book design is not
    a science nor is it an art. Like in fine arts it cannot be
    taught without the practice. Book design is a discipline
    of experience. In order to display its virtues the book needs
    the willingness of a designer to content the reader or
    viewer, systematical planning, an understanding of design and
    technical possibilities and barriers and particularly a profound
    knowledge of the design- and book history. A radically
    honest talk that tries to reflect the influences and results of
    design practice, using knowledge that it does not hold.

    Bernd Kuchenbeiser, born in 1969, is designer and author. He studied
    music and communication design in Heidelberg and Stuttgart.
    Since 1996 he works in Munich and assists corporations, public
    institutions, architects and artists (amongst others: Architekturwoche
    München, ECM Records, Vitsœ). 1997 - 2011 he worked as designer
    for the architect magazine ›Baumeister‹. Bernd Kuchenbeiser teaches
    since 2001 at national and international universities. 2014 Niggli
    published his book ›61 books with black type on white cover‹ as an
    analogue extension of his website ›A Good Book‹.

    Lecture by Antoine Lefebvre

    »The imaginary now resides between the book and the lamp. The fantastic is
    no longer a property of the heart, nor is it found among the incongruities
    of nature; it evolves from the accuracy of knowledge, and its treasures lie
    dormant in the documents. Dreams are no longer summoned with
    closed eyes, but in reading; and a true image is now a product of learning:
    it derives from word spoken in the past, exact recensions, the amassing
    of minute facts, monuments reduced to infinitesimal fragments, and
    the reproductions of reproductions. In the modern experience, these elements
    contain the power of the impossible. Only the assiduous clamor created
    by repetition can transmit to us what only happened once. The imaginary is
    not formed in opposition to reality as its denial or compensation; it grows
    among signs, from book to book, in the interstice of repetitions and commentaries;
    it is born and takes shape in the interval between books. It is a phenomenon
    of the library.«
    Michel Foucault, »The Fantasia of the library« (La Bibliothèque Fantastique), 1967.

    Antoine Lefebvre was born in 1984. He ran »La Bibliothèque Fantastique«
    from 2009 to 2013. He presented his PhD dissertation in 2014. The title is
    »Portrait of the Artist as a Publisher, Publishing as an Alternative Artistic Practice«.
    In 2015 he created antoine lefebvre editions and took it as his artist name.

    Friday, 3rd June – 14:00 Uhr

    »Vom Drehen und Wenden der Blätter«

    Lecture by Prof. Oswald Egger

    By definition a set, a space, a book is closed if its complement is open.
    (Sometimes it’s easier to describe something by saying what it is not.)
    By writing and reading the book of the world, what could be its complement?
    Nothing, that is? In mathematics every closed oriented, intimate
    sphere admits a so called open book, a decomposition into a union of
    bounded surfaces and solids. The pages are fibres and the binding
    of the book is defined by tight or overtwisted fibred links: If every pair of
    antipodal, distinct points passes through each other (the geodetic
    great circles and every meridian) the points-of-view-set emerges a seeing-
    again-surface, an own sphere. Each point is open or closed, but
    never both. An open book closes up to be a persistent room of rumor, which
    continues to become discrete, if every point is open. Open books
    illustrate the concept of foliations and their contact structures. From a
    topological viewpoint, word by word sets up a higly connected sum
    of foliations, like an equation of n-th degrees, an ocean of ptyx, containing x
    solutions. Even complexe ones, in which the imaginary is embedded, a
    world in the world. With roots or solutions even without equation?

    Friday, 3rd June – 15:30 Uhr

    »Invisible Opening, Everywhere«

    Lecture by Dr. Marcus Coelen

    Marcus Coelen works with and contrary to the claim and concept of
    this symposium. The psychoanalyst firstly listens and reads in an opaque
    way and thus stands in an antagonism with psychological ideas, which
    lead to believe that one could or even should read people like an
    »open book«. Whatever information make its way from the couch to him
    indeed belong to inscriptions whereas the pages from which they
    break loose no longer belong to the book that opened up, that ceases
    to be, even to ever have been, shuts, no longer persists as volume –
    perhaps closes like a wound. The philologist on the contrary collects
    those passages, where the book can no longer open up, he strives
    after disclosure of everything – writing and language, which trie to pull
    away from the medium and conditions, that force them into this
    detachment, this freedom – and claims the inscription into ever anew to
    be opened books. Lastly the reader imagines marks of stories of
    other matters in every metaphor, in every image, and in everything, that –
    like the »open book« – turns one’s attention from the vivid to the
    actual present words and the moulded bodies of letters. From the edge
    of these letters the reader's eyes glide to the hinge or along the edge
    of the book, from the layout to the absence of the physical.

    Marcus Coolen is a psychoanalyst in Berlin and Paris; philologist at
    the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich; reader, whenever possible.

    Saturday, 4th June – 11:00

    »The Open Book: A Kaleidoscope.«

    Lecture by Prof. Ulrike Stoltz

    Ulrike Stoltz writes books (ex. Kreuz & Quer, Hin & Her. Zappen bzw. nicht-lineares
    Lesen im Buch. Ein Kaleidoskop. Offenbach und Braunschweig 2011); she has
    also translated a book (Etel Adnan: Arabische Apokalypse. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2012);
    above all she designs artists’ books (with own texts but also without texts,
    with own images but also without images, as a unique copy and limited editions,
    as individual work or in corporation with Uta Schneider as ›usus‹). The most
    important projects of the past 30 years will be presented 9th to 13th October 2016
    in the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel »buch.räume.sprach.bilder.«
    She works as a teacher (first in Mainz, now in Braunschweig) – until the 30th April
    there was an anthology of 25 years of teaching in typography and book design
    in the Klingspor Museum Offenbach.

    She proposes to observe and illustrate the metaphor of the open book out of
    different perspectives. She does not have an explicit thesis about the
    »open book«. She opens books, that make her think of the subject, reads and will
    report what she has found. She is deeply involved in her work and has no idea
    where this will lead her.

    Saturday, 4th June – 12:30

    »The art of gathering«

    Lecture by Bernhard Cella

    The interest of Bernhard Cella for the medium book dates back to his student
    days when he developed a process oriented work with not much visually
    left. The result led to the question of translation processes: To what extent can
    artistic work be developed or documented in a book? How can the structure
    and the receptive experience of the audience be transferred in a publication for
    instance in case of a performance? In 2007 Bernhard Cella rebuilds his
    studio in Vienna to a »Modell einer Buchhandlung im Maßstab 1:1« (Model of
    a Book Shop in the Scale 1:1) and debates on subjects and interests of fine arts
    about the medium book among the title »Salon für Kunstbuch« (Salon for
    Art Books). In his talk Cella will present his different strategies on collecting,
    gathering and publishing, how they result as objects out of an artistic concept
    and sculptural handling with artists’ books. To the aspects of distribution
    and archives he will present no-isbn.net, his new platform for publications
    without ISBN number.

    Bernhard Cella lives and works as an artist in Vienna. He studied at the Academy
    of Fine Arts Vienna and University of Fine Arts Hamburg. He is author of
    projects such as: Salon für Kunstbuch 21erHaus, Wien (2016); Avant La lettre,
    Großraumgobelin, Stadtbibliothek Salzburg (2015); NO-ISBN- On Self-publishing,
    Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln (2015); ich will wissen wie
    ihr wohnt, Prozessarbeit und Installation, Kunstverein Hamburg (2014).

    Samstag, 04. Juni – 15:00 Uhr

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