Glossing Speakers, or bookmaking for amateurs

Leahy, Mark (2009) Glossing Speakers, or bookmaking for amateurs. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2 (1). pp. 55-67. ISSN 1753-5190

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Speakers: performance, photography and the loud page is a book made by the performance company These Horses (Emma Bennett, Lucy Cran, Bill Leslie) in collaboration with photographer Anne Tetzlaff, published in 2007 by Bonfire Books as the first in a series of book projects by artists working in the field of performance and time-based media. My paper takes the form of an illustrated glossing of this book, proposing the book as performance, as a site, as a labour of love. The paper engages with discussions around the definition of artist's book and bookworks, and with questions of reading and reader-response criticism. While avoiding defining an artist's book, in the same gesture the paper situates Speakers in relation to works by Ed Ruscha, Bernhard and Hilla Becher, and John Baldessari. The form of the glossary considers particular uses of words in These Horses' text, and plays with the cross referencing and recurrence of terms through the book. The book is placed in a discursive and critical context, while remaining open to different disciplines and conventions of engagement.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1386/jwcp.2.1.55_1
ISSN: 1753-5190
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Writing & Journalism > Literature
Performance > Theatre
Depositing User: Mark Leahy
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 15:18
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:04


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