mariana castillo deball - interlude: the reader’s traces (book launch)
21 Apr 2005
Castillo Deball (Mexico, 1978) was first prize winner of the Prix de Rome 2004 on which occasion her work was exhibited in Stedelijk Museum CS. She conceived this book during her research period at the Jan van Eyck Academie.
Thursday 21 April, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
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Together with the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, SMCS on 11 hosts the launch of Mariana Castillo Deball’s publication Interlude: the reader’s traces. Castillo Deball will introduce the book herself. Some of the contributors to her project will also contribute to this evening: writer Ian Monk and designer Paul Elliman, but writer K. Schippers will make his appearance too.
Writer/film maker Steve Rushton will moderate and Manuel Räder will perform as microfilm DJ.
Fascinated by the ways in which information is ordered and classified, Mariana Castillo Deball investigated how the collections of public libraries in Berlin, New York and Paris are used. Not only did she document the uses through photographic reportage, she also made some changes to the collections. She asked artists, designers, writers and theoreticians to write texts and design images that she hid in various books: a leather marker for the books that gave Frankenstein’s hideous creature a sense of culture, non-exposed photographic paper for publications on mathematics, a fairy tale for the Thousand and One Nights.
She left traces of her own by recording the entire project on microfilm and including this in the existing microfilm collection. Only by sheer chance will someone discover the added texts and images, or the microfilms. In her idiosyncratic way Castillo Deball brings into focus the limits of systematic classification.
Interlude: the reader’s traces combines the photographic reportage, the photographs of the microfilms and the ‘traces’ that were designed for this project. To come full circle, the book is to be part of the collections of the very libraries Castillo Deball conducted her research in.
Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico, 1978) was first prize winner of the Prix de Rome 2004 on which occasion her work was exhibited in Stedelijk Museum CS. She conceived and made Interlude: the reader's traces during her research period at the Jan van Eyck Academie.
Interlude: the reader's traces
2005 | Compilation: Mariana Castillo Deball | Text editing: Steve Rushton | Contributors: Hubert Czerepok, Paul Elliman, Dario Gamboni, Raimundas Malasauskas, Harry Matthews, Ian Monk, Peter Piller, Manuel Räder, Steve Rushton, Enrique Vila-Matas | Design: Manuel Räder | English | full-colour, black&white | 160 pp | 164 x 230 mm | ISBN 90-72076-26-5 | Euro 19,- The book can be ordered at www.janvaneyck.nl
The book launch is sponsored by Microformat.
SMCS on 11
SMCS on 11 is the programme of lectures, discussions, film and video presentations of Stedelijk Museum CS. The ‘11’ refers to the 11th storey of the Post CS building , where most of the activities take place. They are regularly held on Thursday evening, when the Museum itself is open to 9:.00 p.m.