Exhibition — Arte Factum

On Fri­day, March 30th 2012, Pro­ject Space in Van­couver, Canada will open it’s first exhib­i­tion Arte Factum with an open­ing recep­tion that doubles as the launch of Poetry Is Dead issue five…

Arte Factum is an exhib­i­tion of poetry chap­books from across North Amer­ica that fea­tures twenty con­tem­por­ary works — includ­ing new releases by Jordan Abel and Dina Del Buc­chia, com­mis­sioned by Poetry Is Dead—and is accom­pan­ied by cur­at­or Daniel Zomparelli’s per­son­al chap­book col­lec­tion along with addi­tion­al donated chap­books from derek bealieau and War­ren Dean Fulton.

 “Arte Factum, the Lat­in phrase ‘to make’, acknow­ledges the chap­book as an object of lit­er­ary and pub­lish­ing craft that ori­gin­ated in the nine­teenth cen­tury as a small, inex­pens­ive pamph­let or book­let of lit­er­at­ure. Today it is com­mon for poets to pub­lish col­lec­tions of their work as chap­books using low-cost print­ing and hand-bind­ing tech­niques like sew­ing and stap­ling. These book­lets are hand sold or exchanged, often at read­ings or oth­er events that fea­ture lit­er­ary work. Although advances in tech­no­logy con­tin­ue to make online pub­lish­ing and the pro­duc­tion of digit­al books increas­ingly access­ible, this nos­tal­gic book-mak­ing prac­tice con­tin­ues to rise in pop­ular­ity. This resur­gence of an anti­quated book pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion pro­cess reflects a rebel­lion against mass dis­sem­in­a­tion online or through tra­di­tion­al dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels — a push towards loc­al­iz­a­tion versus glob­al­iz­a­tion. How do we cre­ate in a time of digit­al­ism? We revert back to phys­ic­al pro­duc­tion.”
 — Pro­ject Space

Pro­ject Space is a book shop, pub­lish­er, pro­gram­ming space, and stu­dio foun­ded in 2012 in Van­couver (Canada).

As the pos­sib­il­it­ies inher­ent to digit­al space become increas­ingly infin­ite, the roles of phys­ic­al and print spaces are being redefined. Pro­ject Space exam­ines, chal­lenges, and sup­ports this redefin­i­tion pro­cess through a cur­ated selec­tion of pub­lic­a­tions, exhib­i­tions, work­shops, lec­tures, and read­ings.”

Pro­ject Space
222 E Geor­gia St
Van­couver, BC
V6A 1Z7, Canada

March 30th 2012 at 8pm