About bookRoom

About bookRoom

bookRoom is a research group  based in the School of fine Art and Photography at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham since 2004, one of the UKʼs leading providers of specialist art and design education, offering strengths in art, design, architecture, media and communication.

Led by Emmanuelle Waeckerle, bookRoom focuses on critical and practice based research in digital analogue and hybrid formats through a number of interrelated activities; conferences, exhibitions, publications, a collection.

bookRoom supports artists and researchers to engage with critical research, production, dissemination of page and screen based works and occasionally act as a publisher of small edition of on the page works that operates across various time based media (photography, moving image, writing and performance).

Current research interests

– The parallel histories and practices of the photo book and the artist book

– The interplay between electronic and print culture and how digital technologies are changing the way images are made, consumed and shared.

– Spectacular narrative in time based media that operate beyond the indexical dimension of the still or moving image.

bookRoom is currently supporting 3 PHD projects

Danny Aldred

Edge to scroll, sequence to time and image to place

Danny is a visual artist and designer. He teaches Graphic Arts at Winchester School of Art where he set up Book Lab and runs the Publisher research hub. His practice spans publishing in its various forms with a focus on self-publishing and artist book projects. In 2013 he was Principal Investigator for ‘The New art of making books’ project. His work has been chosen for numerous international exhibitions and publishing projects within the UK, Germany and the USA.

Delphine Bedel  

Meta/Books – Publishing as Artistic Practice

Delphine is a photographer, curator and publisher, specialised in emerging practices in photography, art and publishing. Founder of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair. She is currently MA Thesis Supervisor at Dirty Art Department – Sandberg Instituut. Her work is exhibited internationally. She regularly contributes to books and magazines and international conferences.

Matt Johnston

PHOTO / BOOK CLUB; Connections (made and missed, digital and other) between the photobook and its reader

Matt  is Lecturer in Photography (Coventry University) where he co-founded and runs a series of pioneering open, online photography classes. He is founder (2010) and editor of The Photobook Club, a multi platform and multi location project seeking to explore the potential of the photobook as a means of communication. www.photobookclub.org



Emmanuelle Waeckerlé – bookRoom director  

Reader in Photography and Relational practices at University for the Creative Art in Farnham,

Through her continuing commitment to both education and practice based research Emmanuelle tries to foster new enquiry across and between Photography, Language, Performative strategies and the page, developing along the way collaborative projects both at local and international levels, in academic and non academic contexts. Her research interest lies  in the parallel histories and practices of the artists’ book and the photobook, and in publishing as a critical and collaborative venture.

Work in private and public collections including Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Tate Britain,  V & A, and Poetry Library in London.

James Trafford 

James Trafford is currently Senior Lecturer in cultural theory at UCA, Epsom. His written work deals with issues relating to rationalism, non-standard logic and reconceptualizing formal language as a dynamic and creative practice. He has been published in numerous journals, gallery catalogues and design-books, and is currently working on a monograph on meaning, dialogue, and interactive logics for Springer. His artistic practice deals with hegemony in the context of the post-digital, which has been exhibited, most recently, at Tate Britain and Xero, Kline, and Coma.

David Rule

David lives and works in London. He is a Sessional Lecturer at UCA Farnham for BA and MFA photography courses. David studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, his practice, almost wholly on the page, looks to preserve the ways we share stories, look back, make plans, offer advice, enthuse on things – the ways we communicate each day with each other through words, images and other means. David has great knowledge and expertise in photography, experimental writing, layout, design and bookmaking and has been involved with bookroom for a few years now.

Richard Nash 

Richard is a London based Designer, Typographer, and Maker, as well as Lecturer in Graphic Design and Media Communications. He aims to explore the permeable boundaries of graphic design, typography and poetry, and to experiment with the expressive and material potentials of the written word.

Jonathan Jarvis

Technician tutor in Printmaking with a Fine Art Degree in 1983, he was a member of North Star Studios Printmaking Co-operative until employment as technician printmaking at U.C.A. in 1988. Although his foremost skills are in lithography, etching and relief printing, he always had had a very keen interest in writing poetry and book arts. Recently he has been expanding his skills in letterpress, photopolymer intaglio and polymer digital type. Printed works are in private collections and  U.C.A. gallery collection.

Rebekah Taylor

UCA’s Archivist and Special Collections Officer (since June 2012) with an MScEcon in Archive Administration from the University of Aberystwyth. She is interested in promoting, cataloguing, and preserving archives and special collections to be used for learning, teaching and research. Rebekah looks after bookRoom collection and archive.