Programme – Volume 1 MTL:
Art and the Book
Volume 1 MTL proposes a week of presentations, workshops and discussions about artists’ books and books on art. This programme invites the curious to discover places and people that are at the core of artists’ book production in Montreal, and take in presentations of recent projects in artists’ studios or artist-run centres. Other activities let you discover the rich heritage of artists’ books in Quebec through visits to various archives and special collections.
Below is the full programme of activities. Note that all activities are free except for the professional workshop at Oboro on October 16.
Volume 1 MTL Art Book Fair
20 octobre 12 – 19h, 21 octobre 12 – 18h. Société des arts technologiques (SAT), 1201 Boul. Saint-Laurent (métro Saint-Laurent). Free !
More than 50 publishers, artists and collectives will be presenting and selling recent publications and artists’ books, not to be missed! See the Facebook event here! FYI, the SAT is a fully accessible space equipped with non-gendered accessible washrooms. However, entry is limited to adults 18 years and over — but their new café adjacent to the main Volume 1 MTL space and the restaurant on the third floor are accessible to all ages.
A visit to the artists’ book collections @ BAnQ
A guided visit to the BAnQ’s conservation facilities, and a presentation of notable artists’ books from its collections.
Limited spots available, to register, email here : firstname.lastname@example.org
PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP – Art publishing and independent distribution
Group training session with Anne Bertrand ARCA / RCAAQ. Click here to find out how to register..
Exhibit and presentation of artists’ books @ BAnQ
A presentation and exhibit of a selection of contemporary artists’ books, including a selection from the BAnQ’s Distroboto collection.
PRESENTATION / DISCUSSION – Innovating the artists’ book @ Concordia
A presentation of the FARR by its director, Sasha Pozzolo. The FARR is a valuable resource to anyone wanting to learn more about artists’ books and has a large number of books on art available for consultation.
Presentation of the Centre for Expanded Poetics. Nathan Brown, director, will discuss the Centre’s interdisciplinary approach to poetic form and several of its collaborative projects, including the small press imprint DOCUMENTS, risograph print making, and 3D modelling of poetic texts.
Presentation of the « Boundless Dialogues » project by artist and arts instructor Jenny Lin. The project, initiated by Concordia Print Media, invited Studio Arts students to create an artist’s book work in response to projects by master bookbinder Jacques Fournier (Éditions Roselin).
ARCHIVES – Artexte on tap : What is an artists’ book ?
French, English. Facebook event.
Artexte, the reputable documentation centre of contemporary art in Montreal, presents a special edition of Artexte on Tap, an animated and informal evening around a selection of artists’ books in the company of some of the artists themselves, and alcohol! Artexte’s librarians will propose a diversified selection of current and historical artists’ book treasures as avenues for discovery, reflection, and informal conversation on the nature of the artists’ book as an artistic medium.
PRESENTATION / STUDIO VISIT – Digital print lab @ Atelier Circulaire / Augmented Reality (AR) in art book publishing
Presentation of the Atelier Circulaire’s digital print laboratory and the Riso-Boto project, with Thomas Miau (Atelier Circulaire), Louis Rastelli (Distroboto). The various digital presses as well as traditional equipment such as a Risograph press will be presented alongside various examples of artists’ books printed with varied techniques.
Presentation : Applications of augmented reality in art book publishing, Harley Smart, publisher, Anteism. Anteism is a pioneer in the production of books on art that integrate augmented reality. Come discover one of the most exciting developments for the future of art book publishing!
STUDIO VISIT – Atelier-Galerie A. Piroir
An intimate visit to this important production and gallery space for printed art and artists’ books. Alain Piroir will provide an overview of the presses and artisanal equipment on site, featuring the most recent artists’ book created in their studio..
STUDIO VISIT/ ARCHIVES – Co-op Coup d’Griffe, Médiathèque Littéraire Gaetan Dostie
French. Facebook event.
A presentation and exhibit of the first artists’ books created in Quebec, including several very rare creations by Roland Giguère. Presented by the collector Gaetan Dostie, founder of the Médiathèque Littéraire Gaétan Dostie.
PRESENTATION/ DISCUSSION – PICA, Dare-Dare and La Chose Imprimée @ UQAM
French. Facebook event.
14h – 16h, Espace de diffusion, École de design UQAM, 1440 Sanguinet, métro Berri-UQAM.
A presentation about the 10th anniversary of PICA, a collective magazine published by students of the École de design at UQAM.
An overview of the unique and original creation process and the conservation of artists’ books at the Dare-Dare artist-run centre, by its coordinator, Martin Dufrasne.
A presentation of the project, « La Chose Imprimée », by Judith Poirier, professor at the École de Design at UQAM, a project in which the book is used as a platform for research and experimentation in design.
About Volume 1 MTL:
Art and the Book
The need for a major annual gathering to happen in Montreal along the lines of the pioneering New York Art Book Fair has been discussed among those in the arts milieu for years. ARCMTL had created its annual small press and zine fair, Expozine, in 2002 following a similar sense of glaring need felt by the city’s publishing and self-publishing milieu.
In the absence of at least an Art Book Fair for Montreal, by the mid 2000s, many art book publishers and artist-run centres and artists were participating in Expozine as well as in nascent Art Book Fairs and festivals developing elsewhere in North America. They began discussing the viability of a separate event along the lines of Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair with Expozine organizers.
The arrival of the RCAAQ’s specialized art publishing and artists’ book bookstore, Formats, in 2012 very much helped fill the need for a local outlet for art publishing, hosting many events and book launches as well as providing sales for local publishers and artists. The need for a fair devoted specifically for art publishing and artists’ books remained, however, and only grew after the unfortunate closing of Formats in 2016.
ARCMTL is now proud to propose for 2018-2019 three major fairs and festivals devoted to innovation in print and publishing: Volume 1, Art and the Book; Expozine, and the Montreal Printed Arts Festival.
What is an artists’ book? What are books on art?
Art and the Book have a complicated relationship. It’s ever-evolving. It’s in a very interesting place right now.
To bring actors from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and internationally together for a week of activities aiming to develop the artistic practice, grow a more informed audience and readership and raise the profile of the local actors in the sector.
Volume 1 aims for a model that can be built upon in Volume 2 in 2019 and Volume 3 in 2020. It is ambitious for the medium term, but modest in its programming for its inaugural edition. Montreal is lucky to be rich with collectives, publishers, artist-run centres and artists active in art publishing and artists’ book production.
The Volume 1 team would like to underline our openness to any feedback, suggestions and ideas from the milieu as we develop this project to serve our community in the coming years.