TILBAKEMELDINGER FRA UTSTILLERE PÅ BERGEN ART BOOK FAIR 2017

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imi maufe

 

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?:
What do i like about BABF ? THAT IT IS IN NORWAY / THAT IT IS IN BERGEN

What did you think of this years program?:
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):
great that everyone can have a shot at doing a talk - but i missed the quality of some of your earlier ones like the guy from Penguin - maybe needed good keynote speakers too.

love the introduction chap! honoured to have that - strangely made me relax before doing the talk!

think you have a brilliant program. maybe a few more workshops for the public. Even in making books.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Too Long

Comment about the sales:
didnt sell anything, but then i only had one expensive item for sale and the other table was for showing only - but had some great conversations and for me that is what a book fair is about. it would be great to have more collectors in Norway - and get them to come to the fair, but there is a lack of big institutional collectors here.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
yes i think so. It was much easier to apply this year (at an earlier time so BABF could be booked into the calender at an earlier date. really nice to get honorar for doing a talk at the seminar

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?:
more time to eat dinner! dinner from landmark although cheep wasn’t really very good, or really good value either. but a great idea to have food avlablibe from Landmark.

i would be inclined to reduce the amount of days the fair is open, but that is just because it is a small fair and was not over crowded with visitors, but having said that the 3.5 day fair makes it relaxed. Bristol and London are only two days

remind me not to be involved in three stands next time. try and get more artists book artists to mix in with the diversity - just a personal wish:) it is strange when Kunsthall call it Norways biggest Zine festival - maybe a bit misleading!

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?:
the team - you all do a brilliant brilliant job. the international mix of stand holders. the bags with goodies in were the best i have every every revecived at a book fair! or any other conference for that matter! brilliant location and brilliant to be downstair:)

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Daniel Askeland

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?:
The space used for this years BABF was great, and it was really well-organized. Great to have all the exhibitors on the same floor, which means that the visitors really just have to walk around without a care in the world.

What did you think of this years program?:
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):
I really like that you can come, watch a mini-talk/seminar and if you find their work interesting, you can visit their booth later on. You get to know the exhibitors in a way.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:
Saturday, Sunday

Comment about the sales:
I feel that I sold more than I had planned. I was surprised over the sales on thursday and friday, especially when I had the impression that there would be most on saturday and sunday.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
I think that the flow of information worked great. I didn’t have a lot of questions because of it. Keep up the good work!

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. It seems that BABF is just getting better and better for each year you are hosting it.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
The exhibition space! :)

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Jesper Fabricius

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
Der var en god stemning, Jeres hold var opmærksomme og søde og venlige. mit arrangement med fly og hotel gik problemfrit. Tak for det.

What did you think of this years program?
Good, but could be better

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
Der var mange gode indslag på seminaraftenerne specielt var det meget spændende at høre fra Sydamerika. Det finske indslag var meget morsomt. Der var enkelte, der var lidt tynde, men også ok. Fint med mange korte første aften. Booklaunches og workshop har jeg ikke overværet.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?
Saturday, Sunday

Comment about the sales
Salget var ikke godt: 1.884,- NOK for alle 4 dage

Was there good enough information before, during and after?

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
Jeg tror det ville være godt med skiltning for de enkelte forlag. Det så rigtig godt ud med jeres tekst på væggen for Bergen Art Book Fair. Det vil gøre det nemmere for publikum at orientere sig. Måske skulle man prøve at samle forlag, som passer sammen, i stedet for at blande meget. Der var også nogle lokale, som efter min mening ikke havde kvalitet og trækker ned i det samlede billede. Men jeg forstår at man selvfølgelig har en lokal forpligtelse også.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
Fin åbning og afslutning.

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AAPIE

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
BABF is one more than a fair, it is an excellent opportunity to get to know the international scene of independent publications. For AAPIE it was very enriching to be able to share the Rosario and Argentina scene, to know and to be linked with publishing projects from different countries, in order to exchange experiences, share and create networks. BABF 2017 was a terrific experience, do not miss the next!!!

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
I couldn't participate in book launches or workshops because I was at the fair. But the talks and the seminars were great. The atmosphere was very distended and the talks were a great moment to know deeply about diferrents projects and then be able to talk with the person. I really love this Moment of BABF were you really can talk with people.

Do you think the opening hours were
Sufficient

Are you happy with your sales?
Yes!

Comment about the sales:
I am happy with the sales. I didn't sold out my stuff, but for been a first time in Norway and Europe, it was good. The first two days I was afraid, it was very quiet, but in the weekend it was ok. I could realized that fanzines were the most selled thing.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Totally. There was good enough information. Everybody in the organization was very kind and helpful.

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
For me everything was excellent. I'm so grateful. For the next time I would love to try a Norwegian dinner.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
Bergen Khunstall is a great place I found it very cosy . The breakfast next to the fanzine collection and with that view was supreme. I really love the café where was the seminars. The party was also very funny.

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TIJUANA

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
I really liked everything involving the BABF 2017, it was a great honor to participate. The fair was beautiful with really nice projects participating, we met really nice people, especially the organization that was very kind to us. The talks also were very good, very interesting and well organized.

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
I couldn't attend the workshops and book launches because i was alone taking care of my table, but the seminars were perfect inviting a different variety of projects, from autonomous people to collective projects and organizations talking about how to publish, different alternatives and creative ways to make publishing great. I was nervous but very happy to participate and the response was great, and the organization and public we're able to make me feel very confortable and welcome.

Do you think the opening hours were
Sufficient

Are you happy with your sales?
Yes!

Comment about the sales:
I am from Brazil, and i felt a difference between how people buy here and in Bergen. I felt that people are more conscious when they spend, they ask more and were very interested even if the themes of the material i brought we're maybe a little distant to the cultural context. I didn't sell much but the response was great.

Was there good enough information before, during and after? :

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?:

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?:

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Hyojoon Jo

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
I did like all the programs of BABF 2017. I enjoyed to listen to speakers who have their own experiences on self-publishing in various aspects. I also loved the venue of the fair. I've never seen as beautiful as BABF before. It became my favorite Art Book Fair.

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:

Comment about the sales:
The sales was not too bad. But as a foreign participant, even though I knew people don't use CASH, it was little bit hard to sell stuffs without a card reader or VIPPS. I think the payment needs to be developed.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Absolutely!

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?:

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?:

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Benjamin Hickethier

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
Jeg likte alt.

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
Bra med foredrag, og jeg likte formatet å ha lange foredrag og korte imellom. Narves1bibliotekets workshop var fantastisk.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:
Saturday, Sunday

Comment about the sales:
Som dere sikkert har hørt før, trengs det en løsning for (utenlandske) selgere som ikke har Vipps. Kanskje dere kunne opprettet et BABF-Vipps-nr. og så må folk spesifisere hvem de kjøpte fra. Eller iZettle, kanskje?

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Yes! Bra oppfølging med mail i forkant og underveis. Kunne vært litt mer info om Ubåt Press-arrangementet, særlig om tilkomst :-)

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
Evnt.: hvordan det fungerte med maten på Landmark, når det var mat etc., dette kunne kanskje vært bittelitt tydeligere.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
Keep on truckin’! Dere gjør det knallbra. Gleder meg allerede til neste år!

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March Sandra

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
I like there are some activities when the Fair closes, so the people attending the tables, we can also enjoy it. It was great!

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:

Comment about the sales:
I don't remember the day I sold the most. Sorry! I did not sell too much, just fine.

Maybe 4 days it's too much, I think two days will be better. I think the public who assist to this kind of events is limited, and if the Fair lasts one day, they all come that day, if it lasts 4 days, more ore less the same amount of people will split in those 4 days. I don't think it will come more people.

Just a thought.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Yes

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
As I said, maybe I will short the Fair two days, but doing two more days with workshops, book launches, seminars, could be cool. Maybe all people attending at the Fair could do some presentation, seminar, or something to share our work.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
I think the organization was great. We've been always informed. You also take care of the attendants, giving out coffee, the breakfast, it is very supportive. Also I like to can assist to events after the Fair.

Thank you!

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Ola Lysgaard

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
The venue, best use of the space so far. The party, good location and mood.

What did you think of this years program?:

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):
Did not have time/energy to see anything, pretty dead after a full day at the table.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Too Long

Which days did you sell most?
Saturday

Comment about the sales:
My least sales in my 3 years, but i think it's my own fault.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Yeah

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
I think 4 days of sales demands too many work hours from exhibitors. And personally i sold nothing on thursday anyway.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
The venue, the attitude, the people:)

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Tine Semb

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
BABF is a unique forum to present / discuss / exchange knowledge etc. among independent publishing houses, art magazines, zines, books – printed medias. Well organized, a good selection of associated events such as seminars, mini-debates, and other social arrangements. Creates visibility!

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
Expanding to seminars etc. is a good thing. The more, the merrier. Visibility!

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:
Saturday

Comment about the sales:

Was there good enough information before, during and after? :
A few mix ups reg. time and dated (parties and gatherings), but all over super.

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?:
Se above.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?:
All!

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Ying-Chieh Liu

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
Nice and aggressive ! Best and most active art book fair in northern europe !

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
I only attend a few program because I need to stay at my table.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:
Saturday

Comment about the sales:
Happily selling what I really want to do and I will do more and come back someday.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
(Y)

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
Help or remind foreign exhibitors to set up credit card or vipps.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
I love the graphic design this year very much, the stone books, the color (↓), it could be a signature of babf.

Best wishes ~

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Tim Romanowsky

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
the place was great!!! super well organized and you were all super friendly to us. thank you so much for having us. to have breakfast together was a great thing, too.

greetings to the team!!!!! we had such a nice time in bergen.

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
i really enjoyed the talks. this is something you should keep for sure. landmark was the perfect place.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:
Saturday, Sunday

Comment about the sales:
we just had some small difficulties with the non-cash-payement system (i think it was vips or something like that). maybe an idea would be to give foreigner-exhibitors the chance to make payments in the festival-table. just for s.o.s. but that can although get a bit messy.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
the communication was great!!!

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
i would skip the thursday.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
the place was just great. having talks and exhibitions around the topic art books.

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Rita Marhaug

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?:
Godt organisert i hyggelig atmosfære, variert program gjennom messen med seminar, workshop og boklanserienger.

What did you think of this years program?:
Good, but could be better

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):
For et lite miljø som Bergen føltes messen litt lang med 4 dager, kanskje 3 ville vært nok.

Men her er det selvsagt mange hensyn som skal tas.

Det positive er at det blir mer tid for samtaler og møter, ikke minst med de som kommer langveis fra.

Selv om jeg ikke deltok, så synes jeg at workshop var en fin ting å legge til messen.

En hovedutfordring som for resten av kunstfeltet er publikumsutvikling, hvordan kan vi entusiaster få en litt større gruppe i tale/bevegelse.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:

Comment about the sales:
Vi hadde ikke store forventninger om salg, og solgte heller ikke mye. Det viktige var å vise bøkene og treffe folk.

Was there good enough information before, during and after? :
Veldig bra og tydelig.

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?:
det vanskelige er som sagt å ekspandere med tanke på publikum!

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?:

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Are Edvardsen

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?:
It was nice and there was many exiting exhibitors.

What did you think of this years program?:
Good, but could be better

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop):
I did not see any of it.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?
Saturday

Comment about the sales:
My Bergen 24 hour comic book challenge book did really well, selling nearly 24 copies. People were exited that it was all made by artists living in Bergen and in such a short time. Also, the the different styles and stories, from biographical to fairy-tales and amateur to near professional, received praise from those that bought the book. My other comic books also did well, mostly because they stood out in a market which had more prints and small-press books.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Yes.

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
Lots of free coffee to all the exhibitors.

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
Landmark is a good venue for the Art Book Fair. Don´t change it.

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Jessica Williams

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?:
This was the second year in a row I had attended the Bergen Art Book Fair. As someone who has traveled the globe attending fairs, this is honestly one of my favorites. Despite that it is relatively small, there is always a very welcoming and democratic feeling that pervades the fair itself, the audience, and associated programming.

What did you think of this years program?:
Good, but could be better

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
Overall the programming was very good! If anything, there was maybe just a little too much going on. There were just not enough visitors to the fair and when there are so many events happening all the time, it can be overwhelming for both exhibitors and visitors. The Book Lunch is such a fun concept, but it either needs to be earlier (i.e. integrated with the breakfast so other exhibitors can join) or later so more visitors can actually attend. 12 noon is too early to allow a casual visitor who has no personal connection to the artist showing his or her work to attend. Loved GNESIS and the Laksevåg bus. Cheap food for the evenings was also much appreciated. Narves1's workshop was also fantastic. Overall, really great things! Great job.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?:
Sunday

Comment about the sales:
Both years (2016 + 2017) I sold for about 2000kr, though in 2017 my books were more expensive. I definitely sold more when I gave a public talk. I think having good information about the people exhibiting helps. But I'm not really sure how BABF can help everyone.

Was there good enough information before, during and after? :
I think so?

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?:
Streamline the events?

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?:
The welcoming feeling and democratic curation. Wonderful, helpful volunteers and workers. Always a good atmosphere!

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Lina L. Jordan

BLURB! What did you LIKE about BABF2017?
My personal feeling is that it has matured and improved from last year, I had a very pleasant stay. The information beforehand is very useful. During the fair there are lot of really nice activities going on. The organisers did a really good job.

What did you think of this years program?
Great

Comment about the program (seminar, book launches, workshop)
I especially enjoy the lectures from people around the world, they all did really well and I felt I learned something.

Do you think the opening hours were:
Sufficient

Which days did you sell most?
Saturday, Sunday

Comment about the sales:
I´m quite satisfied with my sales, it was a great arena to met the right people who are interested in what I had to offer. Was wonderful to talk to all the different artist, both about their work, but also getting feedback on my own.

Was there good enough information before, during and after?
Yes, it was perfect.

Suggestions on what we could improve for next year?
Keep up the good work, only thing that comes to mind is that I could not leave my stand during some talks in the second floor. Perhaps having volunteers filling inn?

Good things about BABF that we shouldnt change?
I really like the layout and grouping of the exhibitors, the first floor for the exhibitors, talks upstairs. I hope you can keep this way of organising it next year as well. It has a very nice atmosphere this year, light and spacious.