Columbia College Chicago

The Book That Was To Come

Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center

A discrete waypoint in our understanding of what the book might
become, where it is (no longer) bound. Featuring poets and artists whose
work concerns the past and future of literary forms, including
recipients of the Envisioning the Future of the Book commission from the
Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College. Interventions may
include artists' books, works between page and screen, poems made from
google books marginalia, and Orlando re-written by the vibrations of an oak tree. 

Featuring Doro Boehme, Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Lindsey French, Ian Hatcher, and Krissy Wilson. Curated by Judd Morrissey.

Boehme is a writer and visual artist who came to Chicago on a one-year
fellowship sponsored by the German Ministry of Culture and the Sciences
Baden-Wuerttemberg. She holds an MFA from the Academy of the Arts in
Stuttgart, Germany (master class of Joseph Kosuth) as well as an MILS
from Dominican University. Currently she leads the Flaxman Library
Special Collections at the School of the Art institute of Chicago; she
co-teaches classes on special collections within the Arts Administration
department at SAIC and teaches grad seminars within Columbia College
Chicago's Interdisciplinary Arts Department on the history of artists'
publications. She has published extensively as part of professional art
and library organizations, contributed to exhibition catalogs and serial
publications and is currently working on a series of short stories as
well as her first novel.Her most recent visual works can be seen in
online publications such as

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. She is the
author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for
the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a
chapbook; and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen
(Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented-reality poems. Her intermedia
project Abra, a hybrid book-performance collaboration with Kate Durbin,
Ian Hatcher, and Zach Kleyn recently received an Expanded Artists' Books
grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and will be
issued as an artist's book and iPad app in fall of 2013. She has a Ph.D.
in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern
California and recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the
Humanities at MIT, where she taught classes in digital, visual, and
material poetics. Her poems, collaborations, translations, reviews and
essays have appeared widely in print and online. She currently teaches
in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of
Washington, Bothell and is at work on a critical book, The Upright
Script: Modernist Mediations and Contemporary Data Poetics.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based writer, cultural worker, and
transmedia artist. She is author of the poetry book The Ravenous
Audience (Akashic Books, 2009), selected by Chris Abani, and co-author
of Abra, forthcoming in iOS and artist book editions with the help of a
grant from Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.
She has also published five chapbooks. She is founding editor of the
online pop cultural journal Gaga Stigmata, and her tumblr project, Women
as Objects, archives the teen girl tumblr aesthetic. Her projects have
been featured by Poets and Writers,, Huffington Post, The New
Yorker, Spex, NPR, Hyperallergic, Flavorwire, T-Mobile's Your Digital
Daily,, and many others. She is the winner of an &Now Innovative Writing Award.

Lindsey French is a transdiciplinary artist and phyto-confabulator
based in Chicago's urban ecosystem. Her recent collaborations with oak
trees have produced two books, seductiveness the which issued by the
whole person (2012), and upon writing grass (2013), through a generative
and performative translation of the vibrations of oak trees. The former
was exhibited at the LeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago, IL (2012) and the
Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan (2012), and is held by the
Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago. This fall she co-curated "void object()," a group show in
conjunction with the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA:
2012) in Albuquerque, NM. Her projects have been featured on the Arduino
blog, fNews magazine, and KTISMAjournal. She was recently nominated as a
candidate for the 2013 Clare Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize
for Emerging Artists. Currently she is completing her Master of Fine
Arts in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, where she will be teaching in Fall 2013.

Ian Hatcher is a writer, programmer, musician, and live artist. He
has performed his work at the Kitchen (NYC), Chez Bushwick (NYC), Links
Hall (Chicago), E-Poetry Festival (Buffalo), Interrupt Festival
(Providence), &NOW Festival (San Diego), and several Electronic
Literature Organization conferences. Poetry attributed to his name has
appeared in LIT, The Claudius App, Web Conjunctions, SpringGun,
Anomalous, and e-ratio. Along with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, he
is a recipient of the Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for
Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and co-author of the
forthcoming book/app Abra. He holds a BFA from SAIC, an MFA from Brown
University, and is a long-term collaborative partner of the Moving
Architects dance company. He lives in New York City.

Krissy Wilson is a writer and artist from Miami, Florida. She
created and maintains The Art of Google Books, a blog-archive that
recognizes digitization as photography and showcases signs of use in
digitized books. This Tumblr-spotlighted project has more than 55,000
followers and has been featured by PBS Newshour Art Beat and Picture
Dept. (Newsweek/Daily Beast), among others. Wilson holds a BA in English
from the University of Florida, where she engaged in the critical study
of children’s literature and the history of the book, and she is
currently a Master of Fine Arts in Writing candidate at the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago. This summer, she will be applying to the
Fulbright program with the project Detritus: Poems from the Thames

Judd Morrissey is an electronic writer and artist whose works
encompass elements of internet art, live performance, site-responsive
installation, and structured public participation. He is the creator of
widely studied and anthologized digital literary works including The
Precession (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), The Jew’s
Daughter (2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (2002). His projects
are presented nationally and internationally in festivals, exhibitions,
conferences and commission contexts. Morrissey is currently an Adjunct
Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where
he teaches courses in networked and computational writing, digital art,
and contemporary performance.


Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602




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