stand 10 usus 6th abmf 2017

Stand 10

Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz
6th ab+mf 2017

Uta Schneider and Ulrike Stoltz have been working together for more than 30 years. In 1986 they were founding members of the book arts collective Unica T, a fictitious person making real books. Since the split up of Unica T in 2001 they have continued their collaboration as the duo Usus.
The focus of their work is on books, typography, drawings and texts, and includes also installations and music performances. Both are influenced in their work by improvisation;
dance and body improvisation with Marie Anne Augustin and music with Limpe Fuchs.
Ulrike is professor of typography at Braunschweig University of Arts, and for more than 10 years Uta has been managing director of Stiftung Buchkunst. Uta has returned to her studio making art, and to lecturing and curating.
Both have exhibited their work continuously in Germany and abroad, and have international teaching experience.
Along with other books included on the Usus stand at the 6th ab+mf will be some of the books that the duo will be presenting and speaking about in their keynote address at the ABBE conference.

Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz

z. B. / zum Beispiel / zum Buch / for example / about books (since 2014)
Artists’ publication in form of a “newspaper”: 4 numbers per year (in 2016: 5 numbers). With an essay about book arts, typography and related subjects, in English as well as in German, and with an image made especially for each issue. — Edition of 200 copies, signed and numbered. 4 pages each. 28 x 38 cm.

Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz

The “Schneeherz” series presents poetry and short prose, mostly in English and German. The pictures accompanying the texts are not intended as illustrations in the traditional sense, but instead can be seen as an expansion of the texts in their own right. The covers of the series are set by hand and printed letterpress, the booklets are printed offset. Titles published so far: #1: “Landscape Meditations“. With pictures of petroglyphs by Australian Aborigines. #2: “Collecting, forgetting“. With pictures from the series “Sunday Collages”. #3: “Viola sann / In Nova, als / Nahfeld, nur Zeugin“ (only in German). With deconstructed typography. #4: ‹usus› in the U.S. — Edition of 100. 20 pages. 16 x 24 cm.

Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz

wormhole # 1 + 2 (= no. 6 + 7 of our series “books on the fly”) 

Continuing our tradition of making “books on the fly”. The picture was (of course!) made while still in Germany: we will have 2 blank books with “wormholes” in our hand luggage and fill them with drawings, hand written texts, and collage during our flight from Europe to Australia. — 2 one-of-a-kind books. 32 pages. 21 x 20 cm.

Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz

mindmap (2017)
This is the mindmap we made preparing our keynote for the ABBE conference! 
Reproduction of the handwritten original and a typographic translation into German and English on top. 
Digital print on mulberry paper. 9 copies + 3 e.a. 1 folded sheet. 22 x 32 cm (folded).

Uta Schneider

wasserwärts (2010)
wasserwärts, which might be translated as “towards water“, is an accordion structure. Images are from drawings ink jet printed with archival ink. The colourful plains of letterpress printing are from cardboard cuts and the geometric forms are printed letterpress also. A small blue strip of paper (photographs, ink jet printed with archival ink) runs across the pages, fixed only on the left and right edge of the double spread and thus literally opening the book’s space. Verso a small booklet with seven short texts by Schneider is included, their typographic design reminds of light reflections on the water. Edition of 20. 22.5 x 160 cm (open).

Ulrike Stoltz

fluosz (2004)
The title could be translated as “floating“. Images come from photographs taken of light reflections on the canals of Venice, Italy, which were later cut out in Photoshop and ink jet printed with archival ink on machine mould paper from German paper mill Zerkall. Stoltz’s poetic texts are typeset on a computer in a way that they are fully integrated into the images. After printing the paper was treated with linseed oil making it quite translucent. Booklet in two sections, housed in a cloth-covered box. Published by the artist in an edition of 15. 24 pp. 11.2 x 17.4 cm.