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Indexing Water
Irene Kopelman

Indexing Water: Notes on Representation Vol. 9, Irene Kopelman

Notes on Representation Vol. 9 
Indexing Water
Indexing Water: Notes on Representation Vol. 9, Irene KopelmanIrene Kopelman
Roma Publications
Co-published by Kunsthalle Lissabon.


68 pages
210 x 280 mm
ISBN 9789492811332


This 9th volume in Kopelman’s series Notes on Representation, is dedicated to Dr. Marcel Wernand, a physical oceanographer who engaged in the research of Forel-Ule scale – a hand-held index to estimate the colour of natural waters since the nineteenth century. This book functions as the Forel-Ule scale itself, reproduced as printed matter in solid, opaque colours. It also brings together fragments, both of Wernand’s writings and of recorded conversations, which took place at different moments in 2017. This photobook contains few photographs and functions more as an art book borne from scientific research rather than photobook.

About the Artist
Irene Kopelman was born in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1974. She studied at the School of Arts at the National University of Cordoba where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in painting (1994 – 2002). In 2002, Kopelman was accepted within the two-year international residency program at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She currently divides her time between Amsterdam, Argentina and the regions where her work and research take her. In the Netherlands, Kopelman began researching the representations of landscapes as recorded by 18th and 19th century naturalists. This period of exploration, during the age of the Enlightenment, is richly archived in museums across the world.

About the Publisher
Roma is an Amsterdam based art publisher, founded in 1998 by graphic designer Roger Willems, and artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam. It is used as a platform to produce and distribute autonomous publications made in close collaboration with a growing number of artists, institutions, writers and designers. Related to the content, every issue has its own rule of appearance and distribution, varying from house to house papers to exclusive books. The publications so far are in editions between 2 and 150,000 copies. Occasionally, Roma also curates exhibitions.

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