Presenting SUBSTANCE: Portsmouth Artist's Book Event (PABE) 2018

“My aim with Substance is to present a slice across the current genre of artists books; to focus on relationships between forms of content - archive/narrative and its [re]presentation/ retrieval. What comes first, the contents or the container? How does one even begin to make a 'book'?"

- Event curator and artist, Dave Kirby

Substance is a one-day event exploring artist’s books as a multidisciplinary art form, presenting stories, poems and bold statements in an amazing array of forms from the page to performance, installation and sculpture.

The curated event bringing together multiple artistic disciplines inviting visitors to participate in the process of making and telling 'stories'.

Substance is the first national artist’s book event to be held in Portsmouth, featuring established UK and international artists and students from a broad range of artistic disciplines; writing, poetry, illustration, printmaking, spoken word, performance, sound and sculpture.

Substance will showcase traditional printed, bound book arts - handmade low tech 'zines, self publishing poets and writers; spoken word, sound and performance based artists; experimental, sculptural and site specific interactions designed to spark conversations and stories that both challenge and reinforce ideas of what constitutes a 'book'.

The artist's book is a key medium for the exploration of form and function. Distilled down, one idea of a 'book' is a container, a vessel for storing - well, contents... in the hands of artists, the container has become as expressive and meaningful as its contents, creating an astonishing diversity of artefacts and expression – from the conventional, traditional and historical, to more experimental, imaginative and exploratory. The material form of the container has evolved from the tradition of spoken/cultural memory, to sheets of paper, to digital media, to esoteric 'cloud' storage.”

The event will be an opportunity for artists and visitors to engage and interact, to generate narratives through conversations, and throughout the day, hear those dialogues transformed and re-presented. Visitors to the event will experience the processes of how narratives and other content can be generated and contained, encapsulated in forms that can be taken away and relived elsewhere.

Substance (PABE/Portsmouth Artist’s Book Event) will take place on Sunday 18 March 2018 at Aspex. The event will be free to the public.

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