Lyn Ashby

DECODEX: Artistbooks and Postliteracy

PhD candidate

  • Lyn Ashby

The contemporary artistsbook is a vibrant, open arena for an experiment in the evolution of literacy. This project investigates the structures and language forms of this new phase of literacy that, in honour of its experimental spirit, I term “postliteracy.”

Postliteracy engages all the formal, sensory and material attributes and values of the artistsbook. Its images, texts, spaces and moments become components of its own particular grammar, integral to the experience of reading it.

Each of these eight works pose a question for the book form itself and the expressive possibilities of the language forms that emerge in this experiment in literacy and the book.