After endlessly hearing that Onomatopee publications have a materiality and tactility not often experienced in recent years, editor (and director of Onomatopee) Freek Lomme decided to create an exhibition and publication addressing the issue of tactility and print today.
The result is a palm-sized book jam-packed with information and ideas on the subject. Six contemporary artists and eight international academics and authors in the field of graphic design, materiality, theory and art explore how, in the digital age, our daily interaction with physical materials is greatly altered and how this affects us as humans. Developed in the context of fine book publishing, the project includes in-depth discussions of past printing and reproduction processes, including silkscreen, etching, Risograph, linocut, lithography and letterpress.
Images are limited but texts are diverse with small reproductions accompanying the art and artist interviews. The result is a fresh and rigorous conversational volume about the process and the art of bookmaking in the 21st century.
Artists featured include Sema Bekirovic, Matthieu Blanchard, Lieven De Boeck, Frederic Geurts, Ulrike Mohr and Thomas Rentmeister.
With texts by Lars Bang Larsen, Christopher Breu, Johanna Drucker, Alessandro Ludovico, Esther Krop / De Monsterkamer, Rik Peters and Marieke Sonneveld.