Conceptual Comics

Manouach, I. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk


My personal ongoing artistic output and publishing practice of contemporary conceptual comics is a warrant for corroborating the aforementioned intuitions about the medium and they are considered a structural part of this research.

My talk focuses on conceptual comics (CoCo) and explores the very substrate of the comics medium not as a culturally neutral site, but as a way to build alternative historiographies, replete with their own material properties and signifying potential. The research examines practices that are unaffiliated with the commonly accepted history of the medium and argues that if a comics genealogy exists, it can only be individual and idiosyncratic: The unlocatedness in the medium's spectrum is more than an abstraction. Works operate on the margins of distribution and reception, while artists uncomfortable with the entrenched roles invite readers, in the absence of critical discourse, to engage with the works in nonspecified, at times forensic, ways of examination. Part of his research will appear in the form of an international anthology entitled Conceptual Comics, Unpopular Practices Within A Marginal Art Form and as a separate section in the Ubuweb art archive.
Period18 May 201819 May 2018
Event titleThe Comic Revolt: null
Event typeFestival
LocationBarcelona, Spain