La Bibliothèque Fantastique

Un phénomène de Bibliothèque was on view in Paris, France at the artist run space immanence from April 18th until 24th 2013. The project is organized by Antoine Lefebvre and provides another example of minimalist publishing and spare exhibition design. Wish we could have been in Paris to see it. The spirited negotiations between Analogue and Digital continue…

The exhibition press release:

Created in 2009 by the artist Antoine Lefebvre, La Bibliothèque Fantastique is a publishing project thought of as an artwork. After four years of activities, Immanence invites this singular project to show the work done. Along with the numerous books issued by around 40 different artists, LBF will also show original artworks, mock-ups, and derivative works by: Nancy Barton, Jérémie Bennequin, Yves Chaudouët, Michael Cohen, Eric Doeringer, Sirine Fattouh, Alexandre Faugeras, Nicolas Frespech, Jazon Frings, Laetitia Giorgino, Ciprian Homorodean, Charlotte Hubert, Internationale Situationniste, Farah Khelil, Stéphane Lecomte, Antoine Lefebvre, Auguste Legrand, Emeric Lhuisset, Philippe Mairesse, Stéphane Mallarmé, Juan Mendizabal, Pierre Monjaret, Antoine Moreau, Côme Mosta-Heirt, Davida Newman, Filip Noterdaeme, Laurent Okroglic, Gérald Panighi, Michalis Pichler, Olaf Probst, Eric Rondepierre, Benjamin Sabatier, Alexandre Saint-Jevin, Cannelle Tanc, Yann Toma, Frédéric Vincent, Alice Wang, Lawrence Weiner, Oliver Westerbarkey, Samuel Yal

La Bibliothèque Fantastique is a publishing structure for artist’s books. Their books can be downloaded for free from our website, so that you can print them at home. Most of these books are exclusive productions. The others are reprints of works who are free of any kind of rights. The purpose of LBF is to offer a view on books expressed by books themselves. Its works are made of excerpts of other works, with pages, sentences and words met in a stroke of good fortune.

La Bibliothèque Fantastique is a minimalist publisher in the sense that all the superfluous has been removed. Indeed, the books of LBF have no predetermined physical existence, they exist in a state of potentiality on the web, waiting to become. They don’t cost a thing, you can get them without spending a penny. They have no ISBN either, because they are works of art. They have no color, so that they can be printed in any printer. That’s what LBF books don’t have, which is almost more important than what they do, because our approach is conceived as a negative of that which is habitually proposed by the market spectacle society. The idea is to show various poetic singularities as opposed to the flashy commodities that our society feeds us. What the LBF books do have is above all a great freedom of content, revealing a very large and global conception of art. They contain all forms of expression usually found in print, i.e., drawing and photographs, as well as essays, novels, journalistic investigations, etc.

The covers of LBF books are invariably appropriated from existing sources; the published artists just select one and use it as a cover for their book. The author’s name is deleted and replaced by the name of the artist, the name of the original publisher is also cleared since the new book is no longer its property. The artist can also change the title of the book to enhance it. The content of the book is completely open, the artist develops it through the pages to meet his or her project. The books are produced with bits and pieces from other books, developing a discourse on the ontology of the book. This project seeks to examine the nature of the book by submitting it to the approaches similar to those used by minimalist artists to test the limits of painting and art. The purpose of LBF is to explore the boundaries of what is a book and and what is not.


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