Blank Books: the Productivity of Little or Nothing

Digitally drawn image of hand holding a blank book with a white background.
Chang Yuchen – Blank Books graphic
Chang Yuchen speaking into a microphone at a public event.
Chang Yuchen portrait

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Wed, March 31st, 11:00am–1:00pm ET

Traditionally, books are vehicles of communication, from which we expect structured information. Disguised as this familiar object in our daily lives, artists’ books subvert our idea of books and offer us so little — repetitive text, blurry imagery, vague intimation, fading memory, boredom… and sometimes, even, sheer emptiness.

In this lecture, Yuchen will showcase a collection of books that deduct and delay communication, and contemplate on the productivity of emptiness in book form.

Required Materials

About the Instructor

Chang Yuchen is an artist and educator based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner — writing as weaving, drawing as translation, clothing as portable theater, commerce as everyday revolution. Yuchen was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA, MAD Museum, Offshore, Bananafish Books and Textile Arts Center. She has shown her works/performed at UCCA Dune, Taikwun, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, and Assembly Room, among others.

All images provided courtesy of the instructor.

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