Artists who make books often play with the expectation of readers. The result can be confusion, delight, or a combination of frustrations and questions. The deliberate manipulation of features of a book can turn it into an object, a visual or pictorial narrative, or a strange pastiche of materials, texts, images, and effects. The usual reading modes appropriate to other formats—novels, textbooks, reference works—don’t quite apply. This workshop will provide an opportunity to experience artists' books and explore “synthetic reading” as an approach to integrating the multiple modalities of these imaginative objects.
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in artists’ books, the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. Recent titles include: Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press, 2014),The General Theory of Social Relativity (The Elephants, 2018), Downdrift: An Eco-fiction (Three Rooms Press, 2018), and Visualization: Modelling Interpretation (forthcoming). In 2014 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts by the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017.
This event will be rescheduled.
Flaxman Library Special Collections Reading Room, Sharp 508