‘There’s more to life than books, but not much more’

May 9 – 11
Art Metropole


There’s more to life than books, but not much more is a research project initiated by castillo/corrales, a co-operatively run contemporary art venue that includes an exhibition space, a bookstore (Section 7 Books) and a publishing house (Paraguay Press). Established since 2007 in Paris, it is managed by a group of artists, curators, writers and graphic designers. castillo/corrales was conceived as a new type of art institution, one that provides artists, professionals and audience with an intimate and informal environment conducive to experimentation, discussion and learning.

Curated by Benjamin Thorel, There’s more to life than books, but not much more develops as the Toronto iteration of a parallel project, The Social Life of the Book, that investigates the undertakings of some contemporary artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. to attend the circulation of texts and ideas in a multitude of ways besides the grand gesture of releasing a brand new book. It examines notably the economics and pragmatics of publishing and distributing books today; the social space of reading; the practices of scanning, bootlegging, translating, quoting, re-editing existing material; the ways texts can open up to events, actions, gestures, and other unforeseeable incidents. The Social Life of the Book develops a series of 16-page, saddle-stitched signatures, that aims to entice readers into a particular attention to printed material as such, as well as to the ecosystem of knowledge writing, publishing and distributing form together.

In Toronto, this took place in the form of a public, three-day-seminar with local and international contributors at Art Metropole’s space: 1490 Dundas Street West, from Thursday May 9 through to Saturday May 11, 2013, presented together with Publication Studio Toronto. The conversations that took place during these three days will be reflected in a publication, distributed by Art Metropole in association with Paraguay Press, printed by Colour Code Printing  and Paper Pusher Printworks.

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Art Metropole
1490 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1T5
From Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11
from 11am to 6pm (lunch break from 2pm to 3:30pm)
Free admission
Presented with Publication Studio Toronto.


Laure Giletti (b. 1986 in Paris) is a graphic designer working between Paris and Brussels. She is a member of castillo/corrales. She studied graphic design in Paris (F), and the École régionale des beaux-arts, Valence (F). She recently graduated from Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem (NL), where she developed collaborations with curator Doreen Mende and artist Armin Linke. Her recent projects include the design of the books Double Bound Economies (Spector Books, Leipzig, 2013), and Right to Refusal (Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, 2012).

Kajsa Stahl and Maki Suzuki are members of Åbäke, a Paris and London-based design studio active since 2000. Åbäke is responsible for meta-design projects, independent, transdisciplinary, strictly collective and often participatory: the dialogical digital platform for architecture Sexymachinery (2000-2008), the culinary events of Trattoria (2003), the publishing project Dent-De-Leone (2009), the propaganda for the imaginary Victoria & Alferd Museum (2010), and the spy agency Åffice Suzuki (2010).
The group counts clients like the British Council and the Serpentine Gallery, and collaborations with fashion designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela, artists such as Ryan Gander, Johanna Billing and Martino Gamper, and bands such as Air and Daft Punk.


Benjamin Thorel is an art critic and curator, one of the membres of castillo/corrales. He’s part of the editorial board of May, a journal dedicated to contemporary art and theory. He’s the author of Telle est la télé: L’Art contemporain et la télévision (Paris: Cercle d’art, 2007) and the editor of Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Interpretation (Paris: Paraguay Press, 2013). In 2012 he completed an MA research on artists’s editorial practices at the EHESS, Paris.



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