Hold That Thought

Book coverHold That Thought
Book coverHold That Thought
Book coverHold That Thought
Book coverHold That Thought

Inventive in its simplicity is a good way to describe this book. Hold That Thought plays with movement and perspective – two things central to artist Johannes Langkamp’s videos and kinetic sculptures. But then translated for the – still – setting of a book. The artist often makes artworks that are bound to a specific location, which means the decision here to view the book as a space results in a strong concept. Here too, we are dealing with a ‘site-specific’ work: the central section houses a hand-folded pop-up, an intimate and surprising gesture. The jury were impressed by how the slight transparency of the paper transmits the idea of movement and standing still. As the illustrations on previous pages shine through, we get a sensation of movement through the pages, while at the same time it feels as if we are holding onto something: hold that thought. The printing in alternating full colour and black-and-white pages was initially the result of financial necessity, the makers have written. Here, necessity has truly proven the mother of invention: this provides a pleasing rhythm, guiding the reader’s attention. Using simple means, a convincing translation has been made of the artist’s spatial, kinetic work.

Edition: 2022
Date of publication: May 2022
Author: Johannes Langkamp
Language: Dutch, English, German
Translator: Gabriël Juursema, Sigrid Kullmann
Final editor: Rianne Zijderveld
Image editor: Rianne Zijderveld, Art Collart
Photographer: Sander van Wettum, Titia Hahne, Jeroen Arians, Johannes Langkamp
Artist: Johannes Langkamp (text: Sandra Smets)
Publisher: Unformed Informed (Publishing), Rotterdam
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Art Collart (Rotterdam)
Lithographer: Sander van Wettum, Rotterdam
Printer: Edauw & Johannissen, Pijnacker
Binder: Ewoud Grafisch, Culemborg
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 220 x 300 x 12 mm
Number of pages: 144
Print run: 600
Price: € 28
ISBN: 9789082993257
Font and foundry: Gopher Display (Adobe), Gopher Mono (Adobe)
Binding style: Centre stitching
Paper for interior (grammage): 90gsm EOS 2.0, Igepa
Material cover (grammage): 240gsm Munken Pure, Antalis
Special features: Cover printed in black on one side, interior printed on one side in CMYK and on the other in black, cahier is sewn with black thread and not trimmed evenly on the cut (concave block), with a punch in the cover and a pop-up in the heart of the book