The Art Gallery at York University has awarded MDes student Marie-Noëlle Hébert the 2013 Artists' Book of the Moment. The ABotM is a juried competition which acknowledges the extensive genre of artists’ books. With a strong field of entries and an even stronger shortlist announced earlier this year, Hébert's book came out on top and receives a $1,500 award.
The book is a complete transcription of Claire Bishop’s “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” article published in October in 2004. The book is entitled: OCTOBER, VOL.110 (AUTUMN, 2004), PP.51-79. THE MIT PRESS HTTP://WWW.JSTOR.ORG/STABLE/3397557. ACCESSED:13/05/2014 12:18
"In a time where many seek the shortest and simplest forms of information available, this book acts as a critique of the way we understand information and of how it should be made available, confronting us with a reality in which no meaning is accessible without careful investigation of every piece of information presented. It challenges the very notion of what a book should do, redefining its possible role as an originator of critical investigation, rather than being a simple vehicle to facilitate the act of reading." "Moreover, it is a representation of the research process one would need to go through to fully understand the text; bringing together the various elements that were used or cited within the original essay to provide an overview of the complexity of the information presented. Readers are propelled into a journey of rediscovery of the way we read, and of the relative importance we give to the pieces of information that are presented to us as the traditional hierarchy of presentation is inverted and rapid understanding is negated. References and citations are brought to the forefront, while the author’s analysis is relegated to a secondary visual importance. Images are altered so that no artwork is visible, putting emphasis on the ideas behind them rather than on their aesthetic quality. As a result, the book acts as an incomplete recollection of pieces of information that need to be actively put together by the reader in order to have full access to the knowledge contained in the text."