Artist-Run Decentres

September 18, 2008

By Mike Landry
Take a closer look at artist-run culture with "Decentre."

Take a closer look at artist-run culture with "Decentre."

After eight book launches across Canada for Decentre: concerning artist-run culture, managing editor Robert Labossiere is exhausted. Considering Decentre is the only book of its kind in Canada, there’s a lot of people looking to check it out.

“There have been in articles in magazine and occasionally book anthologies that have tried to deal with what is an artist-run centre,” says Labossiere. “But early on we decided we weren’t going to do a book that was going to be an in depth analysis, or a compilation of those essays. That would make an interesting book in itself but that’s not this book.”

Shying away from the overly academic, Decentre features about a hundred contributors writing anywhere from 7 to 1000 word pieces. Labossiere and his editorial team provided contributors with a few questions to get them thinking, and most went off on their own tangents.

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