This exhibition was curated in collaboration with Sophia Hao of Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, home to the Centre for Artists’ Books. Sophia invited me to work with her to explore ideas for showing the Centre’s new acquisitions. The title, a book is a performance, was drawn from Vertical Balcony – a Real Gazebo, one of the featured books which was produced by Bruce McLean and Mel Gooding at the Knife-Edge Press. The idea of the book as a performance space also resonated with some of the historical work that I’m currently doing, and with Sophia’s approach to making and curating, so we both found it a useful paradigm through which to approach the books.
The exhibition was opened by Alec Finlay’s performance reading Out of Books and punctuated by a durational live performance I used to by Sarah Sanders.