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Ginsberg / Kentridge Conversation


An edited version of the between Jack Ginsberg / William Kentridge Conversation; the final event at Booknesses, Sunday 26 February 2017, held at UJ Theatre.

The closing event at the Booknesses colloquium and exhibition at the University of Johannesburg in March 2017 was a public conversation with Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge with Professor Jane Taylor as moderator.

The subject of the conversation was artists' books and practise in general and William Kentridge's books in particular. As an introduction, a PowerPoint presentation was shown depicting a selection of books which included a video showing 'the flip' on the flipbooks. The synopsis (chronologically but not sequentially) was:

1. Artist's Books

Plis Selon Plis1990
Portage2000
Receiver2006
Sheets of Evidence2009
Lulu Plays2015

2. Folded books or Map-prints: an aspect of Bookness

Learning the Flute2003
Remembering the Treason Trial2013
Libretto2016
Pocket Drawings2016
Lulu PlaMarcus Aurelius (Triumphs and Laments)2017
Garibaldi (Triumphs and Laments)2017

3. Luxury and limited editions

Flute2008
Everyone Their Own Projector2008
Firewalker2011
The Refusal of Time2012
No It Is2012
2nd Hand Reading2014

4. Flipbooks

Macba Flipbook1999
Cyclopaedia of Drawing2004
Breathe2008
Hurdle2009
Return2009
Lexicon - with CD (Graecum Lexicon)2011
De Como Não Fui Ministro d'Estado2012

The video on flip books includes several Virtual Books, or flip-book films. Kentridge often uses the pages of books as a substrate over which to depict a moving image. They appear to be flip books or "paged books" but do not exist in reality:

The Anatomy of Melancholy2012
Workshop Receipts2012
Sonnets. Sight Reading2013
2nd Hand Reading. Cyclopaedia of Mechanics2013
Soft Dictionary2016

5. Art monographs informed by artist's books

Trace2010
Stop Here2013
Notes Towards a Model Opera2015
Accounts and Drawings from Underground2015
More Sweetly Play the Dance2015
Thick Time2017

There are over a hundred art monographs on Kentridge and a full bibliography may be obtained on application. Those included above include aspects of artists' books such as translucent interleaving; wrap-around jacket unfolding to become a poster; triple and quadruple gatefolds; multiple linked covers, etc.



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Conversation images




Jane Taylor, Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

William Kentridge in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

Jack Ginsberg in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

Jane Taylor in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

Jane Taylor, Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

Jack Ginsberg and William Kentridge in Conversation. Sunday 26 March

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