INbookOUTbookIFbook is a longitudinal and transverse study, which has been divided into three steps to explore the artist publishing researches. It is a dialogue ground for operators of contemporary artist’s books, which is conceived as a functional, technical medium, an “experimental room”, an anteroom, a neutral ground.
The first INbook step is an introspective process on the book, in which the archive/library metaphor acts as an impulse. The book indexes itself with recurring titles (The book of, index book, the project book project), whilst the highlighting of a title, the underscores, the anastatic methods and the autistic attitude of the artist-bureaucrat-bibliophile questions its status. The OUT book section is described through the exteriorization processes of the artist’s book starting from a historical-formal path and identifies the rarefaction, the dispersion, and the multiplication as its trail. It is better to speak of publication rather than a book because the first term is semantically wider and more suitable to interpret the present operational-procedural dynamics of the investigating publishing activity, in which the co-generative technological experiences destabilize the authoriality. One question: what if the book…? The third section IF book poses many questions, activating researches on the present scenario, using site-book-specific interventions, contributions, didactics and publishing coproductions. Many methods, possibilities, and potentialities were used to set the book free from genre and format by means of transverse productivity practices and cross-medial infusions, in which the investigating an artist’s publishing activity represents a creative resource.