AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

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AMBruno: Book Acts was a project by AMBruno, initiated by Sophie Loss, in which artist book-makers perform and embody the concept or essence of their book through the medium of film. The exhibition comprises of a copy of the originating book accompanied by the corresponding video work by each artist. The exhibition in the Reading Room at the Arnolfini, Bristol showed seven books and films. Book Acts took place during the Bristol Artists Book Event 2015.

Book Acts included seven books and films:

Marco Calí, Facsimile, 6'0" (2015)
Writing and reading are both acts of repeating, they are reproductive acts through which we create. That erotic literature that most of us are familiar with is at once an intrusion into someone's most intimate thoughts, as well as a near permanent impression on our own memories.

Kathryn Faulkner, Everything changes, 1'00" (2014) A concertina book that uses 12 photographs from the film. It is intended to be presented as a circular standing structure, echoing the spinning motion of the film.

Judy Goldhill, Contingencies of light : sun body, 2'30" (2012)
I have re-imagined the image of Detrick and his body shaped by light with a dancer performing a sequence of moves to create a corporeal mediation of the light beams and dust of the sun and the moon, which were already embodied in the original photographic image.

Sharon Kivland, Nana Vit Sa Vie, 3'07" (2014)
A description of Nana's dance, performed by Anna Karina, from Vivre sa vie by Jean-Luc Godard, observed, remembered, and on occasion, danced, by Sharon Kivland, to the accompaniment of Swing Swing Swing by Michel Legrand.

Valérie Mary, Digression: Au bord de l'eau (video 2014), 2'00", and Turbulence (book 2013)
A digression is an act that departs temporarily from a track or from the main. Turbulence and Au bord de l'eau explore this notion on a visual level. For both, the track is a linear path from which, at some point, the body needs to escape, to offer a playful intermission.

Anne Rook, Apple Story, 3'30" (2014)
The animation video plays with the idea of 'designer apples'.

Cally Trench and Philip Lee, Sixteen Dada Heads, 2'30" (2014)
Our book Sixteen Dada Heads was inspired by well-known Dada works of art. The film is fast, furious and absurd: very Dada!

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Kathryn Faulkner, Everything changes
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Anne Rook, Apple Story
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Cally Trench and Philip Lee, Sixteen
Dada Heads
Photo: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Valérie Mary, Digression: Au bord de l'eau
and Turbulence Photo: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Sharon Kivland, Nana Vit Sa Vie
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Judy Goldhill, Contingencies of light:
sun body
Photo: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Marco Calí, Facsimile
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015
Photograph: Cally Trench

AMBruno: Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015

Installing Book Acts at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2015
Photograph: Cally Trench

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