Brad Haylock

Country

AUS

Affliliation

Biography

Paper

Teaching artists' books: interdisciplinary conversations and transdisciplinary pedagogy

Abstract

This paper examines the importance of the artist's book as a site of conversation between contemporary art and graphic design, and as a platform that bridges these fields. Specifically, the paper focuses on the book as a pedagogical tool, i.e., the potential of book-making as a platform for transdisciplinary teaching at an undergraduate level.
Books and zines have been employed by artists from diverse disciplines, but also by graphic designers and architects, as a platform for independent, critical, speculative or experimental practice. Consistent with their accessibility to practitioners from a range of backgrounds, these various forms of publication have served as a fertile site for interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations. On this basis, a case is made for the potential of artists' books, or zines, or a contemporary hybrid of these forms, as the focal point for transdisciplinary teaching in art and design. Framing this discussion, the paper considers pertinent historical examples of speculative or collaborative practice whose site is the book, as well as contemporary cases both domestic and international. Following this, I discuss my own experiences of teaching artist's-book-making to student cohorts that are of mixed disciplinary makeup.

Date

Tuesday 27 September

Session

3:30pm - 5.00pm

Speaking

3:40pm

Email

brad.haylock@monash.edu

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