Paul De Bruyne

Back Stages

The Making of Art and Culture

Back Stages is a photographic survey of the places where art and crafts are produced, all over the world and at different times. By choosing a rigorous perspective strictly adhered to – photography from directly overhead – the multi-coloured aesthetics of these places is revealed and the specific cultural production processes shown take on a mysterious and fascinating, but also universal, aspect. Little wonder then that a book about the value of the physical production of culture and the materialisation process of culture and identity is itself also explicitly taken as the result of such a physical production process. For example, the greyboard used for the cover is visible, the linen on the spine is highlighted in a striking orange colour, the yarn used to sew the sections is coloured and the photography sections are on coated paper, distinguishing them from the documenting sections, which are on greyish recycled Recystar® Nature. The typography on the front and back covers consists of exemplary embossing in foil. The print and lithography deliver a marvellously open, crisp printed product. The picture editing is by the artists themselves, and Céline Hurka has achieved an intelligent materialisation of this. The result is an ode to and manifestation of the places where art and culture are produced, wherever in the world these may be.

Edition: 2019
Release date: 2019
Language: English
Translator: Nanne op ’t Ende, Josh Plough, Pernilla Ellens
Final editor: Katrin Korfmann, Jens Pfeifer
Picture editor: Katrin Korfmann, Jens Pfeifer
Photographer: Katrin Korfmann, Jens Pfeifer
Artist: Katrin Korfmann and Jens Pfeifer
Publisher / commissioner: Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven
Available through: Bookschop, webshop
Designer: Céline Hurka (Den Haag)
Lithographer: UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media (Gerrie van Beek), Tilburg
Printer: UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg
Binder: Van Mierlo, Nijmegen
Dimensions: 225 x 285 x 10
Amount of pages: 124
Number of copies: 700
Price: € 27
ISBN: 978 94 93148 06 2
Font and foundry: Junior (Selina Bernet)
Binding style: Sewn hardcover with endpapers glued to boards, spine glued with linen (Brillianta® 4196 - Van Heek Textiles)
Paper interior: 150gsm Condat Matt Perigord 1.1, 100gsm Recystar® Nature, Papier Union, Papyrus
Paper end papers: 140gsm Sirio Color Pietra, Fedrigoni
Cover material: 120gsm Wibalin® Natural 500 White over 2.5 mm Eskaboard, Winter & Company, Koninklijke Moorman Karton
Other technical features: The binding has grey threads, the foil stamping in glossy black (Kurz Luxor 362) by Boekbinderij Van Mierlo and the black screen printing (spine) by Saenscreen.