All talks take place Saturday and Sunday at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Why Books?

Vivian Sming

  • Saturday October 20, 12:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

Artist and publisher Vivian Sming will present a lecture through a series of questions: Who makes art accessible? Are there truly interdisciplinary spaces? Where do we invest our divestments? Is cultural equity possible? Where does discourse lie? Can we create forms of institutional critique that can become gateways for creating non-institutions? Can we create and support art without relying on the accumulation of wealth or the taking of space? Can we make art that takes up as little space as possible, but emanates, reverberates, and is still felt profoundly throughout the world?

Vivian Sming is a San Francisco Bay Area–based artist and writer. Under her publishing studio Sming Sming Books, her work operates through on publications, programming, and alternative pedagogical formats.

Publishing Performance

David Senior

  • Saturday October 20, 1:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

Librarian David Senior leads a discussion on the intersection between artists’ publications and performance art, introducing a selection of archival artists’ books, magazines and ephemera that reflect the experimental ways published works were used to communicate and distribute a new artistic practice. Examples come from the collection of the SFMoMA, where Senior acts as Head of Library and Archives, and from MoMA, New York, where he worked as Senior Bibliographer.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery

David Senior is the Head of Library and Archives at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Previously, Senior was the Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. At MoMA, he was responsible for developing the Library’s artists’ books collection. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, Art Papers, and C Magazine. He serves on the advisory committees of Printed Matter and Art Resources Transfer, and on the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

An Inventory of Inventories

Shannon Harvey

  • Saturday October 20, 2:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

How to perform a book, fit a classroom in a box, and other design and publishing experiments with Shannon Harvey.

Shannon Harvey is co-founder of Los Angeles-based design studio IN-FO.CO (Inventory Form & Content) and Managing Director of Inventory Press, an independent publishing company focussed on art, architecture, design, and music, with an emphasis on the sociopolitical aspects of material culture. Harvey previously worked as a curator, editor, and designer at Project Projects, Rockwell Group, Van Alen Institute, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Raising Frogs for $$$

Jason Fulford

  • Saturday October 20, 3:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

Tree rings, Kierkegaard, and a spiral binding machine. What else do you need? Come to Jason Fulford’s talk and find out.

Jason Fulford is a photographer and Co-founder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent lecturer at universities, and has led workshops across the United States, Japan, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Lithuania, Germany, and Spain. His monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), Hotel Oracle (2013), Contains: 3 Books (2016), Clayton’s Ascent (2018), and The Medium is a Mess (2018).

On Artist Writes

Shana Lutker

  • Saturday October 20, 4:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

Los Angeles–based artist Shana Lutker (X-TRA) will present a talk on the role of artist’s writing in contemporary art discourse from an artist’s perspective. Focus will be on X-TRA’s recent Artist Writes series, featuring commissioned pieces by A.L. Steiner, Andrea Fraser, Martine Syms, and Pope.L. Looking at these examples and sharing clips of the associated public programs, Lutker will talk about how the series came together and about artist’s writing in a historical context, followed by a discussion with audience about artist’s writing as a form.

Shana Lutker is a Los Angeles–based artist and Executive Director of Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism, the nonprofit Publisher of artist-run contemporary art journal X-TRA. Lutker’s sculpture and performance have shown widely, including the Whitney Biennial 2014, Performa 2013, and solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn in Washington DC and Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Graphic Design v Artists Books

Fraser Muggeridge

  • Saturday October 20, 5:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

Fraser Muggeridge is the founder of Fraser Muggeridge studio, a graphic design company based in London prioritizing artists’ and writers’ content over the imposition of a signature style. Muggeridge founded and is a tutor at Typography Summer School, a week-long programme of typographic study for recent graduates and professionals, held in London (since 2010) and New York (since 2013). He is a visiting lecturer at The University of Reading and Camberwell College of Art, London.

Presented in partnership with Emily Carr University

Northwest Coast Series Launch

Dana Claxton and Skeena Reece

  • Saturday October 20, 6:00pm
  • Artists' Book Room, Library

Skeena Reece is the inaugural writer and artist featured in Or Gallery’s limited edition publication series, NWC. Series editor Dana Claxton has selected five, Northwest Coast First Nations writers and artists whose work will be featured in this series. NWC is intended to highlight the Northwest Coast region as a place in common that underlines the development and thrivance of the contemporary creative practices of five Indigenous women beginning with Reece’s text, “The Business of Native Art Criticism becomes Critical,” which is launching at VABF 2018 with this talk between Dana Claxton and Skeena Reece.

Presented in partnership with Or Gallery

Skeena Reece is a Tsimshian/Gitksan and Cree artist. Her practice includes performance art, spoken word, humor, “sacred clowning,” writing, singing, songwriting, video and visual art. Dana Claxton is an artist and filmmaker. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art, Art History and Theory at UBC and her family reserve is Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations.



Additional project programming taking place in various locations throughout the Emily Carr University Exhibition Commons and Library.


Art Book Week is a parallel series of events hosted in spaces across Vancouver by a variety of artists, curators, collectives and institutions who are actively creating and presenting work in this medium.