Ilan Manouach

Ilan Manouach (°1980) is a multidisciplinary artist with a specific interest in conceptual and post-digital comics. His artistic work claims for the importance of comics as a materially self-reflexive medium, unaffiliated to any general art history. He has more than twenty published bookworks under his belt, solo exhibitions to important festivals, museums and galleries worldwide. His work has been written about in Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, World Literature Today, Wired, Le Monde, The Comics Journal, du9, 50 watts and Kenneth Goldsmith’s Wasting Time on the Internet and his works are also part of the Ubuweb online contemporary art archive.

He is mostly known for Shapereader, a system for tactile storytelling, built on a repertoire of tactile ideograms and initially designed for blind and partially sighted readers/makers of comics. Shapereader has been presented and discussed internationally in a variety of formats, contexts and collaborations: contemporary art shows in museums (MUSAC, Castilla), community workshops (Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv), artist talks (School of the Chicago Art Institute) and literature fairs.

Manouach is the director of Futures of Comics, an international, recurrent research programme that explores how comics are undergoing historic mutations in the midst of increasingly financialized, globalized technological affordances. 

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