werkboek, 2021  

werkboek’ is an artist book and collaborative project between An Onghena and Jivan van der Ende that combines the playful, impulsive, and detail-oriented qualites of both their practices. Starting from video registrations of the two artists working their way through books, the publication shows the hands of Onghena touching and folding the paper. In this way the publication shows the relation between the hands of the reader and the paper, and could even function as a instructive guide to its reader(s).

werkboek was launched on 14.10.2021 at Ein Buch Haus, Berlin (DU) and 23.10.2021 at Studio Omstand, Anrhem (NL)


Auteurs: An Onghena & Jivan van der Ende
Tekstuele bijdrage: Joyce Poot
Uitgever: kabinet.studio, Antwerpen, 2021
48p, RISO (+ unique bodypaint and folds-
Eerste druk: 50 exemplaren + 10 AP, 2021
Tweede druk: 75 exemplaren + 10 AP, 2022
Prijs: 50 euro

ISBN: 9789464447156

Exhibition View: An Onghena, Paraphrase, einBuch.haus. 2021 (Photo: Olivia Kwok)

“You are holding this publication in your hands. After opening its cover, you browse through the pages. Are you aware of its weight, the sturdiness of the paper, the different feel of the smooth riso? The publication is a landscape that the artists have created for you, and by becoming both a reader and a spectator, you are invited to go for a walk through the presented scenery. You are the traveler, the wanderer, the discoverer, moving through the pages out of which this landscape is built. (…)”

– Poot, Joyce, Hands Turning Pages (touching me, touching you), 2021.

Performance of werkboek on 04.06.2022
Beyond Printed Matter, Willem Twee, Den Bosch. Curated by Masha van Vliet
The performance shows the artists folding and ripping the pages while the action is being live streamt and projected on to a wall