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Bookmark - “The Digital Flattening of Expression”

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In another elegy for paper, Mark Fox leaps from the famous conversation between Ray Bradbury's characters Professor Faber and Fireman Montag in "Fahrenheit" 451 that begins, 

“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean?"

 

to Jaron Lanier's assertion that the remix culture is responsible for “the digital flattening of expression into a global mush.”

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Consider, however, this conversation between the artists Stefan Saalfeld

(http://uk.lumas.com/pictures/stefan_saalfeld/rising/) and

Gerhard Mantz

(http://uk.lumas.com/artist-overview/gerhard_mantz/

published in the February 2013 issue of the Lumas Gallery Magazine, "The Liberation of Art"

(http://uk.lumas.com/magazine/):

 

"Saalfeld - ... I'm interested in the changes that take place over time. In nature, the old sits alongside the new. There are always tensions, and injuries.

 

Mantz - That is exactly what characterises your images. This breaking apart and breaking through as if the colours were peeling off to reveal fragments of completely different pictures behind.

 

Saalfeld - Gaps appear through these breaks and dislocations. This allows something different to emerge from the image. There is always an unexplained story behind the story, another version. I no longer believe in a single, individual image."

 

Here is a healthy "anxiety of influence" that overcomes its qualms about tradition, builds upon it and, yes, perhaps devours it as if it were seed corn.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jessica Drenk

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Jessica Drenk, American, 1980

Carving 12 is in the Allan Chasanoff Collection

Yale University Art Gallery

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Bookmarking Book Art - Beth Thielen

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Artist and writer Beth Thielen will lecture as part of ARTSpeak's series, "Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book" on February 14th, 2013, in the Katie Murphy Auditorium at FIT. The talk will...
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In case you missed this like me ...  

Also see http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/bwr08/bw1.htm.

An instance of this work is in the Allan Chasanoff collection at the Yale University Art Museum, but it has been on loan at Artspace in New Haven, which has been good enough to post a video of the workings of "The Tower": https://artspacenh.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/1358/

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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing

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Xu Bing, Chinese-born artist living in the US.
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Xu Bing's book works represent a significant part of his portfolio. See more at: http://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/red-book#sthash.kWtR2FGm.dpuf[/caption]
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Bookmarking Book Art - Walter Battiss

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What sets the Book Art exhibition and Gallery AOP apart is that the owner, writer and former lecturer Wilhelm van Rensburg is keen to walk and talk you through the exhibited works. His welcoming approach is unusual in the often impersonal art world.
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South Africa growing its own book art:  Walter Battiss, Steven Sack, ...

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Bookmarking the Act of Reading a Book

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The Last Book, Boris Kachka and Reinier Gerritsen

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A vote of thanks to Reinier Gerritsen (http://www.reiniergerritsen.nl) for his abcedarian photobook "The Last Book", compiled of his photographs of people reading books on the New York City subway. “This is how it goes. Everything is always changing, but there’s a beautiful phenomenon that’s vanishing. That’s why I wanted to document it,” http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2015/01/09/reinier_gerritsen_photographs_readers_on_the_subway_in_his_series_the_last.html.


And a vote of thanks to Edwin Turner, founder of Biblioklept, http://biblioklept.org/tag/readers/, and his ongoing posting of paintings of this same beautiful phenomenon.

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Bookmarking Book Art - 23 Sandy Gallery

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23 Sandy Gallery's "Sacred | Profane" juried exhibition features 57 books by 52 artists. 

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From ritual and ceremony to creation and evolution, myth and memory, heaven and earth, superstition and scholarship, sacred and secular, rites and symbols, traditional and modern, occult and omnipresence, agnostic and atheistic, west and east - the book is present. 

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Bookmark - A History of the Chapter

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What does the chapter’s beginnings, in the Bibles of late antiquity and early medieval Europe, reveal about the way our books and stories are put together?
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Nicholas Dames's readable New Yorker piece presents telling episodes in the history of the use of the chapter in non-fictional and fictional works -- from the Bible to Cato the Elder, Pliny, Caxton, Fielding, Gissing and others.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jody Alexander

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from the installation – the lone arranger – a collaboration with laura laura   Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher working out of Santa Cruz, California whose work celebrates “collecting, storytelling, and odd characters.” ...
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A welcome reminder of Jody Alexander's book art from Michael Lieberman's Book Patrol.

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Bookmarking Book Art - "Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is"

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'Nothingness' includes the work of five artists with links to Digswell Arts: Hideki Arichi, Ella Carty, Jo Howe, Alex McIntyre and William White. These artists respond to the theme of nothingness u...
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Jo Howe's sculptural work with books here might remind you of Wallace Stevens' "The Snowman". If so, in her explorations of "emotional responses to 'the space in-between", you will find "Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is".  The exhibition in Parndon Mill, Harlow, continues until 14 September.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Weproductions

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Weproductions are a paradigm of a generation of artists' books. Produced by Telfer Stokes and Helen Douglas the publications demonstrate an exploration of book form to structure visual narrative.
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Where print and the digital mingle, stirring the surface of the pond at Deuchar:  http://helendouglas.onlineculture.co.uk/ttp/ttp.html

 

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Bookmark - Loeb 1.0: A lot of Greek and even more Latin

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In the pre-Gutenberg Renaissance when scholars and scribes began the delivery of the rediscovered ancients, and then post-Gutenberg, when with the help of printers they began the print runs that have run and run down to the Loeb Classical Library reaching a wider and wider audience, did those "publishers" and readers feel then what the Loeb publishers and the Library's readers must be feeling now?


Time to take another look at Keats's "On first looking into Chapman's Homer"!

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Bookmark - Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Adobe Originals type program

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This is the first in a series of articles from Tamye Riggs, a longtime lover of type who is working with us to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Adobe Originals type program. This post ...
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Nine articles so far since May. Here is the first. Be a dingbat and Zapf through them all.

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Bookmark - 100+ Self-Portraits

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Through a selection of over 100 self-portraits by a wide-range of artists, including Anthony van Dyck, Louise Bourgeois, John Constable, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Sarah Lucas, JMW Turner, and Andy Warhol­­­, “Self" attempts to re-evaluate self-portraiture in the 21st century from the angles of history, celebrity, collecting, gender, and mortality.
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There's an exhibit on in Margate, Kent (on the east coast of England).

 

"On Margate sands.

I can connect

Nothing with nothing."  

The Waste Land, Part III - Fire Sermon, T.S. Eliot

 

And now

on digital sands.

Anything with everything.

BooksOnBooks, 20150201

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Bookmarking Book Art - Geographies: New England Book Work, 2014 to 2015

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WILLIAMSTOWN >> In the fall of 1906, 42 binders and artisans founded the National Guild of Book Workers in New York to show their work in illuminating, printing and binding, calligraphy, papermaking, and design and leatherwork.
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Geographies: New England Book Work opened March 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Fleet Library in Providence, Rhode Island.  The exhibit has since toured to the Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME (June 16 – August 22, 2014), the Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (September 8 – December 12, 2014) and now the Williams College Library, Williamstown, MA (January 12 – March 20, 2015).  From there, it will move to Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH (April 6- August 21, 2015) and finish at the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT (September 16 – October 9, 2015).

 Artists involved include Cathy Adelman, Susan Bonthron, Marianna Brotherton, Patty Bruce, Bexx Caswell, Elizabeth Curran, Eric Drzewianowski, Penelope Hall, Karen Hanmer, Barbara Adams Hebard, Deborah Howe, Nancy Leavitt, Anne McLain, Nancy H. Nitzberg, John Nove, Jan Owen, Graham Patten, Todd Pattison, Lindsley Elisa Hand Rice, Sarah M. Smith, Pamela Spitzmueller, Julie B. Stackpole, Gerritt VanDerwerker, Laurie Whitehill Chong, Rutherford Witthus, and Stephanie Wolff.


 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Gülşen Çalik

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Gülsen Calik - pronounced Güshenn Chalik - is a New York-based artist.
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Bookmarking Apophenia

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NYU ITP grad student Ross Goodwin has data-mined the Project Gutenberg library of public domain works and discovered its hidden message: "At the click, the time is ..." The "Text Clock" scans the hoard of words, compiled by its late founder Michael S. Hart and thousands of volunteers who purportedly were unacquainted with one another, finds and displays in red the words that tell the time of day. Not just any time, but the local time that your computer believes is the correct time. For librarians around the world, the date of this discovery will be a red letter day of mixed emotions. Although they now have another reason to offer up against budget cuts (the dwindling holdings may destroy the time-space continuum, not to mention the havoc played with our body clocks), the librarians' secret is now out: they are the Real Time Lords.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Leadenhall Market

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“Found this hanging book thing today #london #books #art #sculpture #leadenhallmarket #vsco #VSCOcam”
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From http://instagram.com/djangofs

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Bookmarking Book Art - 'Paper, Thread and Trash' in Nashville

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Nashville Public Library exhibition features art books inspired by ‘Paper, Thread and Trash’
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Referring to Kit Kite's "Object X", a construction in which a viewer sits to watch videos related to Kite's "X Housewife Portraits":


“To me it is a book, it’s a story. It has a cover, you go inside of it and you hear the story.” Courtney Adair Johnson in "The Tennesseean".

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Bookmarking Book Art - Tomoko Takeda

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Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda doesn’t just read books, she turns the famous literature into fantastic works of art. Her series ものがたりの断片 (St
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"Visual News" highlights another instance of carved book art.

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Bookmark - The economic divide beneath the print/digital divide

There has been a lot of conversation lately about the differences between wholesale pricing and agency pricing for ebooks and about what constitutes a “fair” division of revenue between publishers and retailers.

Via booqlab
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One of Mike Shatzkin's best articulations of his thoughts on a key element in the evolution of the book -- the shift in the underlying economics of book retailing. As ebooks continue on their path to equal print sales by 2020, the shift in the underlying economics will become more and more apparent on the surface of our world of books. And the impact of it on the "shape" of the book itself will be increasingly fascinating.

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Bookmark - For backmatter

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Indexes open a text up. Notes are often integral to meaning, and, occasionally, they’re beautiful, too.
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In The New Yorker, Nathan Heller reflects on the migration online of footnotes, endnotes and the index. As with the colophon, online might be the saving of front- and backmatter: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-1b.

 

Photo of the reflection of the back of Wells Cathedral in the archbishop's pond.

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Bookmark - Early Lessons From My Mobile Deep Dive: The Quickening Is Nigh

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So holds John Battelle as he tugs on several important threads in our many-colored dreamcoat of apps, browsers, reading digitally and publishing. Worth reading.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Buzz Spector

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If you hear the term “book art,” you may think of scrapbooks or artists’ journals. Artist Buzz Spector, a professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, has taken this term far beyond ordinary expectations.
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Spector's new works -- especially the collages with found poems drawn from book jackets -- strike deeply. Here book art goes beyond the read artifact into the relationship of writing and reading.


When:  Opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; exhibit runs through Oct. 11.

 

Where:  Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Boulevard, Grand Center, St Louis, Missouri.


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Bookmark - Adaptive digital textbooks

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Struggling with chapter 3? Adaptive textbooks will give you extra, personalised help when you need it
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A story elsewhere says that ebooks are in their adolescence. "Adaptive" might uncharitably be taken to imply that etextbooks are just now growing gills. OpenStax has been around in various incarnations. Like Flatworld, it has migrated from one environment (business model) to another. As with one stage of evolution to another, bits of useful adaptation emerge before equilibrium is reached. In the case of OpenStax, the declining performance of some of the chief denizen of the school text market suggests that oxygen may be pretty thin in its current ecosphere.
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