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Chaired by Danny Aldred, Ryan Bishop (Winchester School of Art) & Emmanuelle Waeckerle (UCA & BookRoom)

Today the book has been freed of its traditional container of bound printed pages and we now see an interesting dialogue between digital and print-based media. All processes and forms of production are entwined through digital and online mediations of content and interpretation. So what is a book in today’s culture and how have the Web and digital technologies transformed and expanded the book? The becoming digital of the book is not as straightforward as a linear change, but a complex intertwining of technological, aesthetic and cultural habits and tendencies. The book does not just become digital, but the digital becomes book-like with the growth of such platforms that remediate the book such as Kindle, and yet, the book is on some levels disappearing as a physical object.

The title of this event references Ulises Carrión’s provocative series of aphorisms on his definition of a book from the 70’s. But how have new technologies shaped a very different perspective for the book since this time? How have these changes crafted an alternative reading experience? This conference will explore the current transformation of the artist book and examine the connections that exist between the physical and the digital.

The main thematic areas covered are the printed and electronic books. Themes and research questions would include: the convergence of traditional craft skills with digital technologies in the making of books; how has the book transformed across space and time; how have artists used new forms of communication to create a different reading experience; and how do we archive and collect in the digital world? Disciplines discussed within this include: typography, printing processes, electronic publishing, text-image relationships, illustration and narrative, motion graphics, sequence and performance, design and navigation for screen, e-book interface design and visual ergonomics. Buy Tickets now!