Publication event

Alchemy of the book, or how to judge Black Mirror by its cover

Publication event in TheGallery / in Lecture Theatre

Tuesday 30 January 2018

B001 Lecture Theatre

5.00pm – 6.00pm

This event will be brought to you by the Centre for Creative Learning, AUB


Admission Free

Booking Essential (Numbers limited)

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Dr. Willem de Bruijn, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at AUB and curator of the Black Mirror: Magic in Art (2017) exhibition catalogue will discuss the design and editing of the publication that was designed in conjunction with the Black Mirror exhibition curated by Dominic Shepherd.

Conceived from the start as a curatorial project in its own right, the catalogue explores the book as a concrete space where the exhibiting artists and their work can be presented. By looking at some of the historical references that have informed the design and editing of the catalogue, the talk will aim to offer ways of reading the artists’ work that are unique to the medium of print and therefore different from those made possible by the display in TheGallery.

The talk will be of particular interest to those interested in the crossovers between graphic design, architecture and the art of the book. A special edition of the catalogue will also be available for sale at the event.

Refreshments will be available from 5pm

Meet the Publication Curator: Dr. Willem de Bruijn

Willem de Bruijn is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Arts University Bournemouth, where he teaches Contextual Studies and supervises research degrees. He holds an MSc in Architecture (2001) from the TU Delft and a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture (2010) from The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Willem previously co-curated several research-led exhibitions at The Bartlett School of Architecture and is currently publication curator and designer for the catalogue accompanying the Black Mirror exhibition.

His work explores the crossovers between architecture, philosophy and the visual arts. Through his doctoral dissertation on architecture and alchemy (2010), Willem developed a particular interest in the book as a space for architectural investigation through making and design. He has made a number of artists’ books that incorporate material drawn from historical sources, including seventeenth-century alchemical texts. Willem also designed and edited the Black Mirror: Magic in Art (2017) exhibition catalogue, which draws on historical references to investigate ways of occupying the space of the book curatorially.

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