Itinerant Texts is a series of works from 12 international artists, commissioned by Book Works. The participating artists were Judith Barry, Robert Barry, Angela Bulloch, Tacita Dean, Jimmie Durham, Tracey Emin, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Susan Hiller, Joseph Kosuth, Tracy Mackenna and Simon Patterson.
The artists provided text-based images to form a continuous slide installation which comments on travel, transience and the nature of site-specificity. Contemporary visual artists invariably find themselves living a peripatetic lifestyle, and it is this notion of constant travel and the artist’s response to different or unfamiliar surroundings and cultures which is the starting point for these commissions.
The installation toured several UK venues and then formed part of the exhibition Artist/Author: The Book as Art Since 1980, which travelled through Europe and the USA.
Itinerant Texts was created with the support of the Arts Council of England, London Arts Board and the American Federation of Arts.