bookRoom is an experimental post-digital publishing platform led by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé within the School of fine Art and Photography at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, one of the UKʼs leading providers of specialist art and design education.
‘Postdigital’, ‘Publishing’ and ‘Platform’ are key concepts at the heart of all our projects.
Postdigital, as no longer considering digital technologies emerging or new but already deeply imbedded in our lives and in being human.
Publishing as in making public, sharing, disseminating original thinking and practice based research, in 3 formats; open access online, print form and public events.
Platform as a shared and collaborative network and virtual space for multidisciplinary modes of inquiry and production of new knowledge.
For the past 10 years, and in collaboration with various researchers, artists and institutions, bookRoom has become a significant platform for experimentation, conceptualisation, materialisation, and dissemination of published material, tracking the impact of digital technology on printed material, as well as the parallel histories and practices of the artists’ book and the photobook.
In 2016 bookRoom started to formulate new research questions around post digital interaction. We began to propose and test new models of outward facing research and publishing based on the model of Platform technologies as context for post-digital environment, community construction, and collaborative modes of research and publishing.
bookRoom has attracted and supported 5 PhD projects (see research section for details).
About bookRoom press
bookRoom press was established in 2012 to publish and disseminate critical surveys of current thinking and innovative practice by key international practitioners and thinkers, as well as artists’ publications: 2 anthologies/surveys of writings by key international practitioners and thinkers /the book is alive ! (2012), Code X (2015), one publication on working with archive and art activism / RISE WITH YOUR CLASS (2016) and 9 artists publications by UCA researchers and invited artists: all in major public collections and mostly out of print. Some of these publications have become reference points in the field of postdigital publishing, cited and quoted in subsequent specialist publications, MA and PhD theses.
bookRoom was co-founded by Anna Fox and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé in 2004, bringing together members from Photography, Graphic Design and Fine Art department at UCA Farnham, to examine “books made by artist and/or photographers evolving in parallel with more conventional publishing such as monographs and illustrated books”. In 2009 Anna Fox left bookRoom to pursue other projects and eventually set up Fast Forward : Women in Photography.
Reader in Fine Art 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 image, music, text and the page, developing along the way collaborative projects both at local and international levels, in academic and non academic contexts. She is inspired by Rosi Braidotti’s concept of the 21st century University.
The combination of technical skills and civic responsibility, a concern for social and environmental sustainability, and a discerning relationship to consumerism, are the core values of the contemporary multi-versity. (2013)
Her practice and research have evolved from the single discipline of Fine Art Photography, into multiple, interconnected work zones: conceptual writing, performance, new musical composition and artist-publishing. Her scores and music are distributed by Wandelweiser editions and her artist publications are in private and public collections including Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Tate Britain, V & A, and Southbank Poetry Library in London.
Reader in Philosophy and Design at UCA Epsom and author of The Empire at Home: Internal Colonies and the End of Britain (Pluto, August 2020).
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.
Senior Lecturer in Photography at UCA Farnham
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 from the beginning.
printmaking technician at UCA Farnham
Altea is an artist and researcher who completed a PhD at Chelsea College of Arts London. Her practice explores the materiality of the notion of double page spread and how it is perceived in relation to concepts such as echo, fold, space and mirroring.