Ten years after: #BJ_Xoubanova, BlankPaper 26.11.2012 [eng

Ten years have passed since the first bookjockey session was held at the blankpaper school, thanks to the organisation of the PlayBlankPaper collective. To commemorate this date I am publishing in English this short summary of what it was like that first time, by Antonio Xoubanova. The spanish version is still available here.

Antonio Xoubanova was the first guest to accept the challenge of being a BookJockey. That was on monday, 26 november 2012, and this was the poster announcing the event:

Cartel para el primer BookJockey en PlayBlankPaper, por Antonio Xoubanova

Once transformed into #BJ_Xoubanova he started his interpretation of what a BookJockey Session could be like. He greeted us with 10 books on the library table with post-it notes with theletters of the alphabet on them. He openen William Klein’s New York and when he got to the post-it with the letter A, he opened Diane Arbus’s Revelations owith the post-it with the letter B on it.

From then on, Xoubanova jumped from book to book through pages that made mutual references, that dialogued visually, that allowed a bridge between both worlds.

The jumping of pages was the resource that #BJ_Xoubanova used as a narrative thread. The story he came to tell us is that of a book, William Klein’s New York, which was a precursor, which opened many doors that later other authors have explored, which, in a certain way, contains other later books.

This video is a recreation of his session with the books he used:

This is the list of the books we were able to see in this session. All these books were available at the BlankPaper Library:
New York 1954.55, William Klein, Lunwerg, 1995.
Diane Arbus: Revelations, Diane Arbus, Schirmer/Mosel Verlag GmbH, 2011.
The Great Unreal, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Editions Patrick Frey, 2011.
The Americans, Robert Frank, Scalo, Zürich/D.A.P., New York, 1993.
Case History, Boris Mikhailov, Scalo, 1999.
____ and Willem, Willem Popelier, post editions, 2010.
The Present, Paul Graham, Mack, London, 2012.
American Night, Paul Graham, steidlMACK, Göttingen, 2003.
Friedlander, Lee Friedlander, Peter Galassi, Richard Benson, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2009.
Harry Callahan, Harry Callahan, Fundación La Caixa, 2000.

Try also this way of seeing data through Graph Commons:

Rocío Bueno + Elisa Miralles + Esther Ramón @ Fiebre PhotoBook Fest 2022, Madrid ~ 23.09.2022

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Three women, two photographers, Rocío Bueno and Elisa Miralles, and one poet, Esther Ramón, are joining forces to address a everyday topic which at the same time is a little dealt with topic. To do so, they will explore the possibilities of reading texts and showing photobooks:

«Instinct?, cultural imposition?, desire, social obligation?, free choice?
The photographers Rocío Bueno and Elisa Miralles, accompanied by the poet Esther Ramón, organise this BookJockey Session on the dilemma of whether or not to be a mother and how to face the fact of being one. They will do so by means of images from 20 photobooks structured through the poem “Three women” by Sylvia Plath, whose central theme is motherhood. In it, each voice represents a way of living it, the woman who focuses her fulfilment on being a mother, the one who suffers for not being able to be one and the one who is one in spite of herself.»

¿Una cuestión natural?, by Rocío Bueno + Elisa Miralles + Esther Ramón
Fiebre PhotoBook Festival 2022

Glass Gallery at Cibeles Palace

c/ Montalbán, 1
friday, September 23rd, 2022
9 pm.
Madrid, Spain

Tres mujeres, dos fotógrafas, Rocío Bueno y Elisa Miralles, y una poeta, Esther Ramón, unen sus fuerzas para abordar un tema cotidiano y a la vez poco tratado. Para ello, explorarán las posibilidades de leer textos y mostrar fotolibros:

«¿Instinto?, ¿imposición cultural?, ¿deseo?, ¿obligación social?, ¿elección libre?
Las fotógrafas Rocío Bueno y Elisa Miralles, acompañadas de la poeta Esther Ramón, organizan esta sesión de bookjockey en torno a la disyuntiva de ser o no ser madre y como afrontar el hecho de serlo. Lo harán mediante imágenes de 20 fotolibros vertebradas a través del poema “Tres mujeres” de Sylvia Plath, que tiene como tema central la maternidad. En él cada voz representa una forma de vivirla, la mujer que centra su realización en ser madre, la que sufre por no poder serlo y la que lo es a su pesar.»

¿Una cuestión natural?, Rocío Bueno + Elisa Miralles + Esther Ramón
Fiebre PhotoBook Festival 2022

Galería de Cristal del Palacio de Cibeles

c/ Montalbán, 1
viernes, 23 de septiembre de 2022
21:00 h.
Madrid, España

Julián Barón + DJ Superseñorita @ El sótano analógico, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ~ 22.09.2022

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New experiment to activate a collection. Julián Barón joins Cero Fanzine to make a selection of their zines collection and DJ Superseñorita to mix some music.

BookJockey Session by Julián Barón and DJ Superseñorita
El sótano analógico

Paseo de Tomás Morales, 16 (sótano izquierda)
thursday, September 22nd, 2022
8:30 pm.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Nuevo experimento para activar una colección. Julián Barón se une a Cero Fanzine para hacer una selección de su colección de zines y a DJ Superseñorita que mezclará unos temas.

Sesión BookJockey de Julián Barón y DJ Superseñorita
El sótano analógico

Paseo de Tomás Morales, 16 (sótano izquierda)
jueves, 22 de septiembre de 2022
20:30 pm.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España

Camilo Amaya & Maite Romero @ FotoArte 2022, Vitoria-Gasteiz ~ 31.05.2022

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[I’m sorry to publish this so late, I was waiting for an answer from the organizers that never arrived]

May finishes with a BookJockey Session in FotoArte 2022, which is the 17th edition of the photo contest organized by Vitoria-Gasteiz city council to «to discover in an attractive way the artistic activity in any of its phases of formation, creation, exhibition or consumption». And so, just before the prize-giving ceremony, Camilo Amaya and Maite Romero will mix some books. A really nice way to discover photography and photobooks, isn’t it?

As they write on the web of the activity, this session will have three parts, namely:
1-Seeing (more figurative)
2-Feeling (more abstract)
3-Acting (more political)

All information about the contest and the activities related can be found here.

BookJockey Session by Camilo Amaya and Maite Romero
FotoArte 2022

Centro Cívico El Pilar, Exhibition Hall
Plaza de la Constitución, 5
tuesday, May 31th, 2022
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

[Siento no haberlo publicado antes, esperaba una respuesta de los organizadores que nunca llegó]

Mayo acaba con una sesión BookJockey en FotoArte 2022, que es la 17ª edición del certamen fotográfico organizado por el ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz para «descubrir de una forma atractiva la actividad artística en cualquiera de sus fases de formación, creación, exhibición o consumo.» Y así, justo antes de la ceremonia de entrega de los premios, Camilo Amaya y Maite Romero mezclarán unos libros. Una bonita manera de descubrir la fotografía y los fotolibros, ¿verdad?

Como escriben en la web de la actividad, esta sesión tendrá tres partes, a saber:
1-Ver (más figurativo)
2-Sentir ( más abstracto)
3-Actuar (más político)

Toda la información sobre el certamen y las actividades relacionadas puedes verla aquí.

Sesión BookJockey de Camilo Amaya y Maite Romero
FotoArte 2022

Sala de exposiciones del Centro Cívico El Pilar
Plaza de la Constitución, 5
martes, 31 de mayo de 2022
18:00 h.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, España

Dansu, dansu, dansu. Photobookjockey with Juan Cires

Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche, 29.08.2021
First published on her blog, published here with permission.

Juan Cires, at San Telmo‘s church

Yesterday, a photobookjockey on Japanese photography took place in the impressive setting of the church of San Telmo Museum, by Juan Cires, a great specialist in this topic. Juan knows Japanese photography like (almost) nobody, and especially its photobook side.

Being able to enjoy his presence, yesterday in the church, was a luxury. Dansu, dansu, dansu turned out to be a sort of performance, mixing image, film, sound and books, as well as reading of texts.

Japan is a world apart, and as Juan said, entering its culture is, for a foreigner, like finding himself on Mars. He led us by the hand through its history, its traditions, through the hidden corners of its physical or sentimental geography, all represented in the books. Part of those were from Juan’s collection, a well-kept treasure that he wanted to share with us, and the other part came from the more contemporary collection deposited in San Telmo. In this way, any representation of Dansu, dansu, dansu is unique, although Juan has already shown it twice, in Madrid and Granada.

Japanese photobooks are a special world within photobooks, so ingrained is this medium of expression within Japanese photography. This would not be understood without the book, its natural means of communication, almost of existence.

Ryuichi Kaneko, a great historian of Japanese photography, a great collector, and also participant in the Photobook Phenomenon exhibition, died last July, and this bookjockey was also a tribute to him, the one that has worked the most to publicize the Japanese photobook throughout the world.

Dansu, dansu, dansu gets its name from a novel by Haruki Murakami, and Juan picks up the idea of ‘​​dance’, to create a choreography of images and sound that go from traditional Butō to the most ferocious experimentation.

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Here you have the complete list of books shown, in order of appearance (books with * belong in Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection, San Telmo Museoa) :

Nami, Syoin Kajii/梶井 照陰, FOIL, 2017 *

Kandō/感動, Harumichi Saito/齋藤陽道, AKAAKA, 2011

Bloody Moon, Keiko Nomura/野村 恵子, Tosei-sha/冬青社, 2006

Rasen Kaigan/螺旋海岸, Lieko Shiga/志賀理江子, AKAAKA, 2013 *

Shooting Star Fireworks, Vol.1, 1978

Onsen Geisha/温泉芸者, Hirachi Isao/平地勲, Nora-sha/のら社, 1975

The Dry Weather, Takayuki Ogawa/小川隆之, in The Photo Image 6, 1970

Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa/赤花 アカバナー、沖縄の女, Mao Ishikawa/石川真生, Session Press/セッションプレス, 2016 *

Kuroyami [Black Darkness], Sakiko Nomura/野村佐紀子, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2008 *

Mother’s, Ishiuchi Miyako/石内 都, Sukyo-sha/蒼穹舎, 2002 *

Teikō/抵抗 [Resistance], Kazuo Kitai/北井一夫, Murai-sha, 1965

Chizu/地図 [The map], Kikuji Kawada/川田 喜久治, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2014 *

Tokyo/東京, Masatoshi Naitō/内藤正敏, Meicho Shuppan/名著出版, 1985

Kamaitachi/鎌鼬, Eikoh Hosoe/細江 英公, Aperture, 2009 *

One, Ken Ohara/小原 健, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1997 *

I can’t recall my first light/私は初めて見た光を覚えていない, Sayuki Inoue/井上佐由紀, nap gallery, 2018 *

The bookjockey format, devised by Bonifacio Barrio Hijosa is ideal for proposing a broader and enriching experience, a more playful or in-depth reading, approaching the book in a different way. This, the second in the already long list of activities organized by the Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection in San Telmo, has been intense, exciting and spectacular.

I hope the list is extended. From here, a thousand thanks to Juan Cires and San Telmo for the organization.


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Juan Cires @ San Telmo Museoa, San Sebastian-Donostia ~ 28.08.2021

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Third occasion to assist to this Dansu, Dansu, Dansu BookJockey Session by Juan Cires. It’s been two years and a pandemic since this same session took place in Granada. Last summer was not possible to organize it in San Telmo, but luckily they were able this year.

This time photobooks and public will meet at the church inside the Museum, a magnificent scenario for an event like this. It was also the place chosen by Julián Barón and Colin Pantall for their joint session, back in 2018.

For this third version, Juan Cires will mix books from their own collection with other selected from the Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection.

Juan Cires will lead a BookJockey session on Japanese photobooks. Under the title Dansu Dansu Dansu, taken from a novel by Haruki Murakami, he will show us a selection of photography books of Japanese origin that, somehow, dance among themselves.

Dansu, Dansu, Dansu, by Juan Cires
San Telmo Museoa
Plaza Zuloaga, 1
saturday, August 28th, 2021
6 pm.
San Sebastian, Spain

Cartel para Dansu Dansu Dansu de Juan Cires / Poster for Dansu Dansu Dansu by Juan Cires

Tercera ocasión para asistir a esta sesión BookJockey titulada Dansu, Dansu, Dansu, a cargo de Juan Cires. Han pasado dos años y una pandemia desde que esta misma sesión tuvo lugar en Granada. El verano pasado no fue posible organizarla en San Telmo, pero afortunadamente este año sí han podido.

Esta vez los fotolibros y el público se encontrarán en la iglesia del Museo, un escenario magnífico para un evento como este. También fue el lugar elegido por Julián Barón and Colin Pantall para sus sesión conjunta en 2018.

Para esta tercera versión, Juan Cires mezclará libros de su propia colección con otros seleccionados de la Colección Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche.

Juan Cires dirigirá una sesión de BookJockey sobre fotolibros japoneses. Bajo el título de Dansu Dansu Dansu, tomado de una novela de Haruki Murakami, nos mostrará una selección de libros de fotografía de origen japonés que, de alguna manera, bailan entre sí.

Dansu, Dansu, Dansu, by Juan Cires
San Telmo Museoa
Plaza Zuloaga, 1
sábado, 28 de agosto de 2021
18:00 h.
San Sebastián-Donostia, España

Laura C. Vela, Xirou Xiao, Miguel Aparicio @ Conde Duque, Madrid ~ 13.04.2021

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Between November 2020 and April 2021 have been celebrated another two BookJockey Sessions in Zaragoza and Valencia, both in Spain, that I missed so I failed to announce them on time. I will back at them as soon as possible.

So, apparently, we are reaching the vaccination season retaking the last session we announced. But it is a mirage. This is what Laura C. Vela, Xirou Xiao and Miguel Aparicio are going to perform about:

«The piece is a “landscape” where images sound and words are seen. Three beings from different worlds, different trajectories and different “languages” causing the borders to dance and the breath to flow collectively.»

For more information check below the list of books they are going to play and the organizers website.

“El lago hierve, las olas mugen [The lake boils, the waves moo]”, by Laura C. Vela, Xirou Xiao and Miguel Aparicio
Conde Duque, Hall

c/ Conde Duque, 9
tuesday, April 13th, 2021
8:30 pm
Madrid, Spain

Image for the BookJockey Session by Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio and Xirou Xiao

Entre noviembre se 2020 y abril de 2021 se han celebrado otras dos sesiones BookJockey en Zaragoza y Valencia, ambas en España, que me he perdido y no he anunciado a tiempo. Volveré con ellas tan pronto me sea posible.

Así que parece que llegamos a la temporada de vacunación retomando la última sesión anunciada. Pero es un espejismo. Así nos dicen que va a ser su sesión Laura C. Vela, Xirou Xiao y Miguel Aparicio:

«La pieza es un “paisaje” donde las imágenes suenan y las palabras se ven. Tres seres de distintos mundos, distintas trayectorias y distintas “lenguas” haciendo que bailen las fronteras y el aliento fluya colectivamente.»

Para más información mirad más abajo la lista de libros que van a enseñar y el sitio web de los organizadores.

“El lago hierve, las olas mugen”, de Laura C. Vela, Xirou Xiao y Miguel Aparicio
Conde Duque, Auditorio

c/ Conde Duque, 9
martes, 13 de abril de 2021
20:30 h.
Madrid, España

Book playlist / Lista de libros:
El plátano hamaca, Salvador Arellano
Edén, Bernardita Morello
Utatane, Rinko Kawawuchi
Universos, David Jiménez
Contravisiones, Joan Fontcuberta
Las simples cosas, Helena Goñi, Laia Sabaté, Maider Jiménez, Laura C. Vela
Como la casa mía, Laura C. Vela
Vorhandenheit, Laura C. Vela
Un lugar de la mancha, Juan Valbuena
Sentimental Journey, Nobuyoshi Araki
Diario de la mirada, Bernard Noël
La misión de la literatura, Han Yu
The day-to-day life of Albert Hastings, KayLynn Deveney

Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio, Xirou Xiao @ Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020, Madrid ~ 14.11.2020

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Almost finishing this horrible pandemic year we are having a BookJockey Session, an online, free for all session, organized by the Spanish PhotoBook Festival Fiebre, that this year has changed their venue in Madrid, Spain by an online platform. All the usual activities and Book Market are present on this platform, so it is another BookJockey Session. Three are the artists united on this show: Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio and Xirou Xiao, who say:

«In this BookJockey we will mix books by different authors with the idea of ​​the human archipelago as the narrative thread: a world full of interdependent singularities, with their links and their limits.»

More infor on the organization website.

Archipiélagos. Who is the stranger?’, by Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio, Xirou Xiao
Auditorio Live, Fiebre Photobook Festival
saturday, Novemer 14th, 2020
8:30 pm GMT+1

Poster for the BookJockey Session by Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio and Xirou Xiao

Casi al final de este horrible año de pandemia tenemos una Sesión BookJockey, una sesión online y gratis para todos, organizada por el festival español de fotolibros Fiebre, que este año ha cambiado su sede en Madrid, España por una plataforma virtual. Todas las actividades habituales y la feria están prsentes en esa plataforma, así como esta Sesión BookJockey. Tres son los artistas unidos en este pase: Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio y Xirou Xiao, que dicen:

«En este BookJockey mezclaremos libros de distintos autores y autoras teniendo como hilo narrativo la idea de archipiélago humano: un mundo lleno de singularidades interdependientes, con sus vínculos y sus límites.»

Más información en la web de la organización.

Archipiélagos. Who is the stranger?’, de Laura C. Vela, Miguel Aparicio, Xirou Xiao
Auditorio Live, Fiebre Photobook Festival

sábado, 14 de noviembre de 2020
20:30 h. GMT+1

Camilo Amaya @ Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao ~ 11.12.2019

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This seems to be the last BookJockey Session in 2019, and it’s going to be performed by a new BookJockey: Camilo Amaya in a new city: Bilbao. He chose the Open Space that the exhibition Open Codes. We are data has created in Azkuna Zentroa for any kind of open activitiy related to open source theme, as is the BookJockey Sessions format. Camilo is launching there his new photobook, In/Signe, and for the occasion he has also set up a session to review of all of that «what has motivated and influenced me along these last three or four years and what I have relied on to make my book».

Launching of the photobook In/Signe + BookJockey Session, by Camilo Amaya
Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao, Open Space

Plaza Arriquibar, 4
wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Bilbao, Spain

Poster for the BookJockey Session by Camilo Amaya / Cartel para la sesión BookJockey de Camilo Amaya

Por ahora ésta va a ser la última Sesión BookJockey de 2019, y la va a realizar un nuevo BookJockey: Camilo Amaya en una ciudad nueva: Bilbao. Ha elegido el espacio Open Space que la exposición Open Codes. We are data ha creado en Azkuna Zentroa para cualquier tipo de actividad abierta relacionada con el tema del código abierto, como también es el formato BookJockey. Camilo presenta ahí su nuevo fotolibro, In/Signe, y además ha organizado una sesión para revisar todo aquello «que me ha motivado e influenciado en estos últimos tres o cuatro años, y en lo que me he apoyado para hacer el libro».

Presentación del fotolibro In/Signe + sesión BookJockey, de Camilo Amaya
Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao, Open Space

Plaza Arriquibar, 4
miércoles, 11 de diciembre de 2019
18:00-20:00 h.
Bilbao, España

Asociación de Amigos de Eloi Gimeno @ Fiebre Photobook Festival 2019, Madrid ~ 26.10.2019

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For the second installment of BookJockey Sessions in Fiebre there is a double experience, an exhibition and a session. Both has been designed to express a tribute to Eloi Gimeno, a key graphic designer and creator in those exciting early years of the spanish photobooks. Sadly, he passed away on February 2019 and his friends had created an Association of Friends of Eloi Gimeno to take care, preserve and disseminate his work. This is their introduction and first activity. More details (in spanish) here.

‘Puto Eloi. Homenaje a Eloi Gimeno [Damn Eloi. Hommage to Eloi Gimeno]’, by Asociación de Amigos de Eloi Gimeno
Fiebre Photobook Festival 2019

Sala El Águila, Hall
c/ Ramírez de Prado, 3
saturday, October 26th, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Poster for Eloi Gimeno’s exhibition tribute in Fiebre 2019 ~ Cartel para anunciar la exposición homenaje a Eloi Gimeno en Fiebre 2019

Para la segunda entrega de las sesiones BookJockey de Fiebre hay una experiencia doble, una exposición y una sesión. Ambas han sido diseñadas para expresar un homenaje a Eloi Gimeno, un diseñador gráfico y creador clave en aquellos emocionantes primeros años de los fotolibro españoles. Lamentablemente, falleció en febrero de 2019 y sus amigos han creado la Asociación de Amigos de Eloi Gimeno para cuidar, preservar y difundir su trabajo. Ésta es su presentación y primera actividad. Más detalles, aquí.

‘Puto Eloi. Homenaje a Eloi Gimeno’, de Asociación de Amigos de Eloi Gimeno
Fiebre Photobook Festival 2019

Sala El Águila, Auditorio
c/ Ramírez de Prado, 3
sábado, 26 de octubre de 2019
19:00 h.
Madrid, España