“Convolutum” is a showcase of the work of artist Holger Schmidhuber, documenting nine work cycles created between 2006 and 2012. In a similar way as the artist integrates new media such as photography, video and the Internet into traditional “panel paintings”, this artist book makes sophisticated use of classic book layout both in its graphic design and technical production. The idea of the book is to contrast various elements with progressive typographic breaks and media border-crossings, such as QR codes for direct access to online videos. In addition, books within the book, which either contain strictly laid-out texts and essays, or can be folded out into posters featuring several photo spreads, enhance the act of “flipping through” the book and manifest “Convolutum” as a true sphere of experience. In its symbiosis of traditional and new media, the book exemplifies the enormous aesthetic and tactile quality that books still have as carriers of experience and information.
Statement by the jury
»The specific fascination of “Convolutum” manifests itself in the way it merges different layers of media to present the work of the artist and links them to text modules. The design concept applies the highest quality standards with regard to the layout as well as the paper and the binding, making both the book itself and its content deliver an exciting experience.«