Transgressions and boundaries of the page (2009–2011)

Transgressions and boundaries of the page, an interdisciplinary investigation into the genre of the artist’s book, manifested our belief that the creative disciplines need to negotiate and establish a sustainable and rigorous research context that circumscribes and values artistic practice (which emanates from tacit knowledge) and textual outputs (described as explicit research). In order to address this pursuit, 40 artists from diverse creative fields such as visual arts and creative writing, as well as related spheres of practice, were invited to create artists’ books for the project. The participants included artists and researchers from academic institutions such as the University of Johannesburg, the North-West University and the University of Pretoria. The project also included a community dimension – most notably the Tambani community project located in Venda. The artists’ books produced by participants were shown at dedicated group exhibitions in Stellenbosch, Potchefstroom and Johannesburg during 2010. Articles from this project were published in special edition of the journal Literator (2012, [33]1). For more information please visit