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Friday, March 27 • 11:30am - 1:15pm
Contemporary Book Arts: Analog Technologies and Alternative Economies

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Textuality is an extension of materiality, which aids in producing textual meaning. While we think of contemporary material as digital, analog technologies—book arts—continue to thrive and expand in academic and independent contexts. 

The history of artists’ books “cannot be separated from…the historical avant-garde,” as Johanna Drucker argues. This history also includes a genealogy of small presses invested in alternative modes of printing and distribution. Recently, book arts have been influenced by the intersection between the avant-garde tradition and concerns about production, dissemination, and readership. 

This panel looks at contemporary book arts from varying vantage points. Author and editor Michael Cross will consider micro-presses and their print output as crucial intervention into the notion of book distribution as a “market.” Independent bookmaker Chris Dunsmore will demonstrate how his own work exemplifies tensions within the field: between precious and accessible, trade or gift economy and a work’s value, audience and community. Letterpress printer and instructor April Sheridan will give academic perspective on such projects as her “high low tech” class, which hybridizes lasers and 3D printers with traditional book arts, and a project-based poetics class, which equips writers with graphic and haptic skills. And literature scholar Anne M. Royston will propose a reading of literary theory through the lens of materiality and production.

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Anne M. Royston

Anne M. Royston is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the University of Utah, where she studies with Craig Dworkin. She is currently writing her dissertation on the intersection of philosophy and artists' books and pursuing a Book Arts Certificate. She was also the winner of the 2013 Beechers Magazine Poetry Prize, judged by Lyn Hejinian.

Speakers
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Michael Cross

Michael Cross is the author of In Felt Treeling (Chax, 2008), Haecceities (Cuneiform Press, 2010),The Katechon 1-100 (Delete Press, 2012), and the forthcoming chapbook Katechon 3 (Vigilance Society, 2015). He is the one-time editor of Atticus/Finch chapbooks and current editor of Compline and On: Contemporary Practice (w/ Thom Donovan). Other projects include Involuntary Vision: after Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Avenue B, 2003), Building is a... Read More →
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Chris Dunsmore

Chris Dunsmore lives, writes, and makes books in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received an MFA in Creative Writing and Book Arts from the University of Utah in 2013.
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April Sheridan

April Sheridan is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department. As a letterpress printer, she is interested in the artistic possibilities of the broadside and the possibilities of the future of book arts. She currently serves on the boards of the American Printing History Association (Inland Chapter), the Chicago Printers Guild, and the... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 11:30am - 1:15pm
Generator Bldg

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