Keynote Speakers

Professor Johanna Drucker (via Skype)

Thursday 29th September at 9:00am

The Work Event: Art in the distributed field and systems of production

Artists engage imaginative and opportunistically with available modes of production. In the current environment, a work might take many forms--a gallery piece, a print on demand artifact, a limited edition version, a performance, a YouTube video, and a blog documenting the project and event. A new temporal axis comes into play with these distributed modes, and the question of what constitutes a "work" is stretched to new dimensions.

Professor Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in UCLA's Department of Information Studies.  She has written and lectured widely on topics related to the history of the book, with special emphasis on artists' books, typography, experimental poetry, and contemporary art.

Drucker is the author of eight published volumes of scholarly writing, including The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art 1909-1923, which contains a section on Iliazd, and The Century of Artists' Books, the key text on the subject. Her most recent titles include Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (with Emily McVarish), Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity, and SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing.

In addition to her scholarly work, Drucker is known as a book artist and writer whose works often make use of experimental typography.

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