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College Book Art Association Biennial Conference – Call For Proposals

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    NOTE: Please direct questions to: Matthew P. Brown (matthew-p-brown@uiowa.edu), or Julia Leonard (julia-leonard@uiowa.edu). College Book Art Association
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      Please direct questions to:
      Matthew P. Brown (matthew-p-brown@...), or
      Julia Leonard (julia-leonard@...).

      College Book Art Association
      Biennial Conference – Call For Proposals

      Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place
      January 8-10, 2009
      Hosted by the University of Iowa Center for the Book

      Call for Proposals
      Proposals due June 1, 2008

      The art of the book has been at once visionary and documentary, imagining a future that
      has yet to exist while finding inspiration from the resources of the past. The first biennial
      conference of the College Book Art Association seeks to bridge the worlds of book art,
      book history, cultural criticism, and curatorial work through appreciation of the book as an
      aesthetic sensorium. Scholarship, artistic practice, and the digital age have evoked for us
      the multimedia nature of the book experience. Animated by practices that define anew the
      cultural record, contemporary book creators unsettle the categories whereby art is valued
      and appreciated, making new objects that express the range of human experience. Roused
      by research into the materiality of texts, humanities scholars and institutional curators
      have summoned new facts to explain communication technologies, writing an alternative
      history of word and image in the book format. Pressed by political urgencies, artists and
      researchers have measured the meanings of art and fact through bookwork that serves as
      cultural criticism. At a time when the book arts have never been more vital, "Art, Fact, and
      Artifact" builds from these energies and seeks presentations, papers, and studio
      demonstrations from artists and scholars interested in the future, present, and past of the
      book as an expressive form.


      Along with session programming, the conference agenda will include exhibits, tours of
      facilities, open discussion time, and portfolio review. Further details will be forthcoming.

      For the conference program, the organizers invite submissions for individual
      presentations, pre-formed panels, and studio demonstrations.

      Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

      Artist presentations of current work or work-in-progress
      Studio demonstrations: process/experimentation/resurgence
      Questions of materiality: the actual, the physical, the virtual, the digital
      The book as document
      Curating and collecting: what do we want? how do we know?
      The procedural turn, then and now
      Flat art, spatial art, temporal art, book art
      Intimacy and the book: sex, touch, the private, the public
      Institutions and theories of value
      The book as witness
      Questions of practice: modeling methods
      Ideologies of the book
      Craft perspectives: the hand in the work
      History and documentation: writing our history and our now
      Humble books and an aesthetics of the ordinary
      Conceptualism, bookwork, and installation
      The role of criticism
      Space, pace, and plane
      The theory and practice of exhibition
      Reading and the hand-operated codex
      The archive as muse


      Send proposals as email attachments to:



      University of Iowa Center for the Book
      216 North Hall
      University of Iowa
      Iowa City, IA 52242
      Attn: Art, Fact, and Artifact

      All proposal submissions should include: proposal title; name and contact information; a
      biography or vita of participants; audio-visual needs.

      Individual proposals: A 200-250 word description of a paper (abstract for a 20-minute
      talk), artist presentation (20 minutes), or studio demonstration (include time requirements
      for demonstrations).

      Organized sessions: a 250-word overview of proposal. Organizers should assemble 3
      speakers for a paper session (include individual paper abstracts in addition to overview),
      3-4 presenters for an artist presentation (include individual descriptions in addition to
      overview), 1 moderator and up to 4 contributors for a panel/roundtable discussion, and 2
      -3 studio specialists for a demonstration.

      For artist presentations, please include 5-10 representative examples of work to be shown
      (jpegs, pdf or powerpoint).

      For studio demonstrations, detail facilities requirements, including equipment, materials &
      supplies, and space requirements. Please be specific.

      Alternative formats encouraged.

      Graduate students: the CBAA encourages graduate student participation. The UICB has
      secured funding to help defray costs for student presenters. To apply, include a brief letter
      describing your need for assistance.

      Presenters must be members of the College Book Art Association. To join, visit the CBAA
      website at http://www.collegebookart.org/

      For more information about the call for proposals, contact:

      Matthew P. Brown (matthew-p-brown@...), or
      Julia Leonard (julia-leonard@...).

      For more information about the UICB, see our website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~ctrbook
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