Books dealing with THE ARCHIVE — a selection of Artists’ Books that utilize quasi-archival practices such as collecting, combining or constructing out of fragments.
What happens if an artist intentionally gives up control of a work’s outcome? Is it possible to make art when there are no compositional rules and deliberated aesthetics? In the creative process can decisions be made by rolling the dice? If one removes the eye and hand from the creation of a work what are the criteria for its success? This is a selection of books that consider chance, randomness, games, accident, machines, contingency and indeterminacy as beginning points for making, and exemplify this course’s objectives.