"L’objet livre, du papier au numérique"
21 November 2014
Rotunda of the EnsAD
The exhibition « L’objet livre, du papier au numérique » took place on November 21st at the EnsAD, as part of the symposium "Tex/ures".
Photo credits : Christian Mamoun Sarges and Hubert de Lartigue
This exhibition gathered reference works but also the results of a workshop led by Lucile Haute, Alexandra Saemmer, Emeline Brulé and Tomek Jarolim with EnsAD students in July 2014 (Alice Zavaro - EnsAD print ; Jean-François Boulan - EnsAD DGMM ; Christian Mamoun Sarges - EnsAD photo video ; Rahaf Demashki - EnsadLab/DIVES). How and when does a container dedicated to one or several digital supports is considered a book ? Esthetic issues related to what appears on screens were thoroughly approached.
Voir la fiche du projet « Text/ures : books as objects, from print to digital »
The book-object facing the digital raises issues peculiar to the two media. Artists who tackle those questions through their work fall within a field of tensions between printed book, esthetic book-object and digital book. We will distinguish digital books and homothetic books in pdf or ePub formats which only imitates a printed book. It is not a website in the classic sense either : a medium with open-ended contents which form is not easily delimited by the reader. What is considered as features of a book in a digital work, are its autonomous, delimited though dynamic and sometimes non-linear form. Its essence is not necessarily literary or textual. The possible paradox of the digital "book" can be solved by a complete balance between the medium’s features and contents especially thought for this medium.