About bookRoom

About bookRoom

bookRoom is a conceptual/virtual space 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, offering strengths in art, design, architecture, media and communication.

bookRoom  has been engaged with editorial, curatorial, and critical research and teaching for over 10 years through a number of interrelated activities; conferences, exhibitions, publications, a collection.

bookRoom supports artists and researchers to engage with cutting edge experimentation, 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).

In collaboration with various researchers, artists, and institutions, bookRoom has become a significant and well recognized critical platform for experimentation, conceptualisation, materialisation, and dissemination of published material (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 8 artists publications by UCA researchers and invited artists.

Current research interests

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

– The interplay between electronic and print culture in the post digital age

– Narrative in time based media and/or hybrid formats that operate beyond the indexical dimension of the still or moving image.

bookRoom is currently supporting 4 PHD projects

Danny Aldred

Self-publishing as a mode of disruption from the Avant-Garde to the Post Digital (working title)

PhD by practice started October 2014 supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and James Trafford

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  

COUNTERIMAGE: WOMEN IN PHOTOBOOKS                              on becoming a feminist publisher (working title)

PhD by practice started October 2015, transferred from Leiden University, supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and James Trafford

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

Phd by thesis started October 2014 supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Jean Wainwright

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

Manuel Vason

PhD by publication started February 2017, supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Jean Wainwright

The PhotoPerformer – The Performance of Photography as a collaborative inter-dependency with the ‘Other’ (working title)

Manuel is a photographer and artist interested in ” the correspondence between the art of photographing and the art of performing” that have come together in his concept and practice of the photoperformer. For this PhD by publication he will analyse the main concerns of his research using The PhotoPerformer as a device to look retrospectively at all the work created and presented publicly to date across and in between the 2 mediums.


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.


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.