LECTOLALIA (A ROMANCE) by Emma Bolland
A5, 24 pages, black and white interior, card stock cover, dustjacket with stamped titles, edition of 150.
‘LECTOLALIA (a romance), with an accompanying short film of the same name, was created by Emma Bolland for the Leeds College of Art & Design ‘Library Interventions’ residencies; you can view the film at the link at the bottom of the page. For the Interventions, artists are invited to respond to the library and its collections. Bolland’s response deals with a passion for and seduction by words and texts, and she undertook a free-associative drift through the stacks, selecting books intuitively by heft, texture and appearance. Fragments of phrases taken from the books she encountered are incorporated into the work. In a performance of the draft text she invited the audience to annotate the manuscript, and these annotations are included in the publication as endnotes, as is a bibliography of the books pulled from the shelves.’