Jo Cook Announced as 2016 Artists' Books Research Resident (ABRRR)

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Emily Carr University Library and READ Books at the Charles H. Scott Gallery are pleased to present Jo Cook for the 2016 Artists’ Books Research Residency (ABRRR).


Oct 3, 2016, 10:00am – Oct 29, 2016, 4:00pm

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This October, the Emily Carr University Library and READ Books at the Charles H. Scott Gallery present Jo Cook for their 2016 Artists’ Books Research Residency (ABRRR).

Jo Cook is an artist publisher living on Mayne Island, BC. In 2005, she founded Perro Verlag Books by Artists, a press that recognizes the importance of unstable thoughts and impractical, possibly visionary intentions. Since then she's published 110 titles ranging from stapled photocopied zines to full-colour perfect bound books. Cook purchased her first artist's book at Printed Matter in New York in 1978. Since then she has built a vast collections of zines, comix, artists books, posters, flyers &c. from all over. In 2004 she curated (self)Publish or Perish for Open Space in Victoria, Cyclops Dreams (with Owen Plummer) for Access Gallery, and Tales from the Cyclops Library for Third Space Gallery in St John. She has organized many small exhibitions at Lucky's Comics and the lowercase reading room in Vancouver.

The artist will be in the Library from 10am to 4pm October 3 - 28 and will give a lunchtime talk in the Wednesday, October 5, 2016. See below for a list of events.

ABRRR Events

Artists’ Books Research Residency in the ECU Library
Weekdays, October 3 – 28, 10am – 4pm

Lunchtime Talk in the ECU Library
Wednesday, October 5, 12pm

ABRRR Lecture
Anecdoted Marginalia: The Inner Life of a Library
Thursday, Oct 13, 7:30pm, Room 245, North Building
Cook will discuss the significance of annotation and marginalia and consider bibliomania, phobias and synchronicity in relation to the books in the library of the British artist Helen Chadwick, along with the books in her own library.

Workshop at READ
Adore-Abhor: Writing Other Peoples Words
Saturday, October 22 and 29, 1 – 4pm
This two-session workshop on appropriation as text generator takes Kathy Acker as muse. Participants will combine cut-ups of magazine interviews and use Richard Foreman’s on-line notebooks to produce a new form of interview zine.