AMBruno presented fifteen books with singularly diverse responses to the theme of
[sic]. The [sic] collection of books was launched at PAGES Leeds / International Contemporary Artists'
Book Fair, at The Tetley (4 to 5 March 2017).
The brief was to make a book in which the content (whether text/image/other) and/or the formal
and physical elements (such as page layout and sequence, binding and materials) are in some way
at odds with assumptions of what a book should be or do. sic is short for sic erat scriptum
(thus, or, thus was it written). It is inserted after a quoted word
or passage to indicate that this has been transcribed exactly as found in the source text.
The notation's usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors
(for instance misprints, surprising assertions, faulty reasoning or spelling) are intentionally reproduced.
Books by artists often confound expectations; here the challenge might be to make
something that initially seems to be/have mistakes and then to reveal an underlying logic -
or not, and so remain in themselves non-sequiturs.
The books in the [sic] collection were selected by Sarah Bodman.
The [sic] collection was also shown at the Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) at the Arnolfini, Bristol
(1 to 2 April 2017).
There are fifteen [sic] books by sixteen artists:
Karen Blake, True Colours
True Colours is a book of two volumes in one, with a shared
spine and transparent pages. These contain flags from
which you are invited to assemble the flag of your desired
identity. The book’s form, however, means that all that is
rejected remains conjoined.
Egidija Čiricaitė, people plously revere the memory
History can be rewritten. Truth can change. However,
the material stability of print allows ideas to transcend
into the new era. This book uses language and images
of spaces (now non-existent) from a 1966 Soviet book
about Kaunas (Lithuania) to explore the place of
Judy Goldhill, In The Beginning
This book/object relates to the biblical account of the creation
of the universe. The book quotes from Genesis the Hebrew
word Beresheit (in the beginning) and through its physicality
and its asymmetry refers to and questions its own making.
Rachael Hand, Ash
Ash n. powdery residue left after the combustion of any
substance; remains of human body after cremation. A
meditation on our relationship with objects in our current
era, and the question of what we will leave behind.
Julie Johnstone, Classic Poems
It is easy to make transcription errors when retyping text
– whether due to human error, a slip of the eye or brain,
wishful thinking, or auto-correct facilities. And then
perhaps, these strangely plausible, oddly poetic, barely
noticeable changes can be quietly perpetuated ...
Lydia Julien, Be Quite!
Using photo-collages and stencilled text, Be Quite! explores the
play on words, mistakes and inaccurate meaning. Known as
homophones and heterographs, this stems from an argument
how '40' should be written. Who was rite? I was right. Confusing,
unintentionally amusing, the mistakes appear fore all
Katarina Kelsey, 3174 m [10469.03 ft] [drillcore]
2016 is the year the International Commission on
Stratigraphy declared the Anthropocene measurable in
the rock; the book explores the written narrative of the
earth as it was written in the year it is being re-written.
Sharon Kivland, A Lover’s Discourse / Un discours amoureux
Unsolicited 'encounter' emails, received over a year, are read
as if they are intended for me alone, in a sincere desire for a
real love relation, translated into English from French as they
are written from my position as recipient, and with their original
text. The book echoes the format of the French edition of
Roland Barthes's Fragments d'un discours amoureux ("Tel
Quel", Seuil 1977).
John McDowall, Ellipsis
Here the elided majority of the words of Heinrich Böll's story
Murke’s Collected Silences do not form a lacuna in the place
between end and beginning, but are notionally somewhere
in the space of time outside of the book’s cover as the text
leads out, around and back.
Steve Perfect, Degenerate
A text is repeatedly copied, but the shape of the letters
rather than their meaning is the source material. Contrary
to nature and education I copy from right to left with
my left hand. The unfamiliar hand reproduces text in a
process outside writing. A book we might expect to
explain and expand the statement that inspires it in fact
contains a performance of the process it describes
Peter Rapp, [WIMOWEH]
Solomon Linda created 'Mbube' (The Lion) in 1939. Pete
Seeger recorded 'Wimoweh' after (mis)hearing it. It was
later appropriated and repackaged as 'The Lion Sleeps
Tonight' by the pop music industry. Linda received no
royalties in his lifetime; his family only started receiving
royalties in 2006 after a protracted lawsuit.
Rachel Smith, Lines of Flight
This work forces together two contradictory systems: the
rhizome and the book. A drawing has been produced
which follows a response to the writings of Gilles Deleuze
and Félix Guattari in relation to the rhizome. The drawn
page has then been physically fragmented, and thrust into
the paginated structure of the book.
Cally Trench and Philip Lee, International Day
At Cally’s English primary school, in the early 1960s, there
was an annual ‘International Day’, when children dressed up
in a mish-mash of national costumes. Cally and Philip have
re-created International Day, and readers are invited to identify
the eight European countries they depict, so becoming
complicit in the stereotypes.
Lena Wurz, The Other Mistake
A seemingly misprinted calendar and the story of a boy
only visible on Thursdays. Elements of the calendar's
fixed structure are jumping in and out of focus, together
with Thursday boy.
Stephanie Yang, Compartment Days
Only when it is unfolded, we shall see, it is more than just