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Safely Infer, detail.
View Safely Infer and twenty other books in the portfolio section.








Featured Content: Whistling Copse



The Whistling Copse series of books on the portfolio pages concern an incident near Bath where a gamekeeper was shot by a poacher in the early years of the twentieth century. The books Twelve O'Clock Wood, Under the Wire and Safely Infer use images to explore notions of property, food and folk customs, and the epistemology that informs both the evidence of ownership, and the proofs offered thereby to prosecute theft, or, as is the case here, murder.

Different notions of place and use inhere in the worlds of poacher and owner, and in the truths offered by forensic epistemology and folk history.

The Whistling Copse books are my attempt to work with these ideas, through images of the landscape, its inhabitants, creatures and products, and through imagery adapted from contemporary newspapers and catalogues of hunting and shooting equipment.

An ongoing project, Whistling Copse raises themes that will continue in my work for some time to come.



welcome

Welcome to www.andreweason.com. I make artist's books. I write about them too. You can view lots of my work on this website.

I have also included resources including a large links directory, and a calendar of book art events that you can subscribe to.


research and professional engagement

I graduated with a Ph.D. in 2010 on the subject of artists' books, enititled Becoming What the Book Makes Possible: Aspects of metaphorisation of identity and practice in artists' books, examining aspects of how the practice of working with artists'books affected artists' creativity and ideas of the roles they were playing in the artwork's creation. (You can download the thesis here)

I subsequently graduated with distinction from an Information and Library Management MSc in 2012, gaining a professional qualification in the libraries field that brought together aspects of my interests in artists' books, mediation and creativity, and the history (and future) of the book. (My MSc thesis was about the use of artists' books in libraries and how users encountered them, relating to how the disruptive 'surprise and delight' artists' books offer can help engage library users' critical awareness and information literacy.)

I hope eventually to work professionally in the library field, (I have been employed in libraries in various settings since 1998) working with artists' books in academic and public settings. Most recently I was engaged as a research consultant for SWRLS - the South Western region Library Service - investgating an aspect of specialist stock acquisition and usage.

Personal reasons mean that I am not currently (Spring 2013) able to pursue major changes in my employment or home base, but I remain interested in professional and creative development opportunities. Please do get in touch if you have an opportunity you think would be of interest to me.


Thanks for stopping by.

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news

my letter to viirginmobileusa

I am not enjoying my new phone:

This phone has the worst user experience of any phone I have ever used over the past 18 years, and it is Virgin’s fault. (I actually quite like HTCs phone).

It is bloated with so much crapware that there is little space left to use the smartphone for its intended purpose (at 67 photos, there is no room left; I have only 87 mb of apps installed). I’ve had it about 5 days. Every time I arrange the home screen and wallpaper to my liking “apps we love” rides in (3 times so far in the last 3 days), reinstalls crapware I have previously painstakingly deleted or at least disabled, deletes my widgets and home screen arrangements and puts Virgin’s idea of what I should have on my home screen there instead. After you guys are through with it it looks like someone else’s phone. (The wallpaper looks like a cross between Christmas wrapping paper and someone’s fever dream of an 80s nightclub. Not pleasant.)

I wouldn’t tolerate this in a free app; why should I tolerate it in a phone I am spending money on?

Far from providing a good experience that makes me want to engage more with Virgin’s products (which is surely the intent of stuff like “apps we love” etc) this daily barrage of destructive interference has basically destroyed the functionality of my smartphone and has certainly made me want to steer well, well clear of Virgin’s cellphone business in future.

Perhaps the least satisfactory consumer experience of my life. It’s not the end of the world, obviously, but it is the sheer left-hand-not -knowing-what-the-right-is-doing-ness of it, reducing a decent enough phone into merely an annoyance that gets me.

I actually like the phone. But it cannot support what Virgin are intent upon making it into: a non-customisable ad platform that I am actually paying you to use. It’s laughable, really.

This is a pay as you go phone I am using for an extended stay in the United States. It’s unacceptable. I can and will move to another supplier unless steps are taken to remedy this. but really, why has it come to this? I just wanted a cheap phone to put photos on Facebook, keep in touch with pals, and read a couple of pages on the subway. Apparently that’s asking too much for $40 a month.

I’m not angry. And I certainly know that it’s not Virgin’s support teams who are at fault. (This being a strategic-size bit of screwuppery and all. If anything I am sorry they have landed you all in it again with such a poorly thought-out product.)

But I think it is shameful that what is obviously intended as a positive marketing strategy is overwhelming my whole experience of using your product. Teams of people your end have worked hard to try to make something nifty that will keep customers coming back. It’s astonishing that they should fail quite so hard. Right now what I am paying Virgin for is not a communication device, it’s a frustration device.

In short, they really need to get it together. I hope you can help.

[And get off my lawn while you're about it you kids you. I probably ought to reserve my energies for going through the treadmill of customer frustration triage they'll use to shed all but the most determined complaints ( that's yer standard 21st century corporate operating procedure, of course), but it relieves my feelings a little to write it out.]


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book of the month



Turndust

A wind-miller has the duty to grind the meal so that the people living nearby can sell the produce they give him to grind and, indeed, so that they can earn their daily bread. Having had no wind to work with for weeks, and suddenly having some chance to do his work, he is tempted, even though he fears a storm. Should he risk the powerful machinery he is in charge of against the unknown? It may destroy him and the mill in the process.

In Turndust, I was able to use the windmill as a complex metaphor to discuss this in depth. Linguistically, wind-milling offers a range of interesting terminology that help give the writing texture and a specificity that helps me to distance the explicit description of visual events, cloaking them in language. Visually, the structure of the windmill itself is full of wood, beams, gears and a sense of a structure built to withstand enormous forces. A windmill is “built like a tank”. But the windmill also contains the means of its own destruction.





reviewing opportunity

Every month I will feature an artists' book in this column. At the moment I am featuring my own. If you would like me to feature one of yours, with a very brief review/description, please get in touch.

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I have decided to speak from the book, the place of my making”

Helen Douglas