Within interdisciplinary art and literary practices, the utilization of printing presses, copiers, televisions, and iPads (just to name a few) each points to the long standing relationships visual artists have to rapidly changing commercial, communications, industrial, and digital technologies for both creative production and experimental distribution. A recent NEA Arts in Media grant to commission books for the iPad tablet platform with a physical counterpart further oriented the Center for Book and Paper Arts’ commitment to the book as interactive media that challenge the traditional closure of text and the performance of time by way of both established and emerging technologies.
In this roundtable, artists who have a sustained engagement with the book form discuss their evolving relationship to different technologies, from past developments (letterpress and offset printing), to the distributed materiality of the present (print on demand, tablet, mobile computing, cloud-based services) and the augmented realities of the future. Panelists in the discussion will include artist/curator Doro Boehme, writer Steve Tomasula, Center for Book and Paper Arts Director Steve Woodall, and current CBPA gallery exhibiting book artist and critic Johanna Drucker.
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