CBPA Director Steve Woodall and InterArts Book and Paper Professor Clifton Meador will present at the Books in Browsers conference, a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art. Their talk on the abstract topic, Artists Books Reborn: New Platforms and the Meaning of Materiality, will describe and discuss the Radical Publishing Project, a new initiative at Columbia College Chicago intended to open dialogue on the fundamental nature of publishing, today and in the future. The project is broad-based, with a source points being an NEA-funded program at the college’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, “Expanded Artists’ Books: Envisioning the Future of the Book.” Created as works of art, artists’ books widen the definition of authorship to include not only text but also visual form and design. The Expanded Artists’ Books project republishes artists’ books, with media augmentation, as apps for Internet-connected tablets. A second phase will commission media artists to create born-digital works with parallel iterations as physical books.
The conference Books in Browsers 2013 (#bib13) runs Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, with an accompanying “hackfest” on Saturday Oct 26, at swissnex San Francisco.