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[BKARTS] Call for Papers - The Liquid Page, London, UK, Deadline for Abstract 31 Jan, 2008

The question 'what kind of a thing is a book?' leads inevitably to 'what kind of an age have we got for the book?'.

Each cultural moment has its form of reading and the technology of the last two decades has dramatically reshaped the environment for reading, generating what might be described as a new geography for the book. Some landmarks remain: I A Richards' description of the book as 'a machine for thinking' still has validity though it falls to us to discover just how the nature of both the machine and the thinking has changed. Does a book engender a kind of performative space for reading? Does its materiality matter to the reader's thought-processes?

Much has been said on the threat to the monumentality of the traditional book and just has much has been said on the new and liberating possibilities of the digitally reconfigured book, its very fluidity anticipating a new consciousness for the twenty-first century reader.

This symposium intends to interrogate the nature of the new (and old) forms of the book as well as the reader. It also
explores the ways and means reading itself is restaged, and celebrates the increasingly liquid boundaries between page, screen and experience.

The University College for the Creative Arts, at Maidstone College is staging a One Day Symposium in London (second half June 2008). We are inviting a range of contributions - some of them visual - from a wide spectrum of practitioners (artists, book artists, graphic designers, on-line poets etc) and theorists (anywhere from art and design history to psychoanalysis and futurology) for this attempt at an imaginative mapping and reassessment of the state of the book.

Topics for discussion could include Abstraction and Materiality, Space and Time of the Book, Mediation and Behaviour of the Book, New Legibilities, the Public or Private Space of Reading, Hypertext, Anachronism and Obsolescence, as well as the more familiar themes of Book Architecture and Navigation, the Future Book/ Page and
Designs on Reading. The Symposium will be accompanied by an illustrated publication with contributions from all speakers.

Call for Papers :Mid December 2007
Deadline for Abstracts: 31 January 2008
Launch Symposium website: 1 March 2008
Deadline for Full Papers: 30 April 2008
Symposium Opens: [second half June 2008] tbc
Symposium Location: Central London
Symposium Publication: Artists' book with essay by Mark Sanderson and contributions by all speakers
Deadline for Publication: 15 May 2008

Proposals are welcome in the form of a written abstract to be submitted electronically in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Abstracts should be no more than two A4 pages. You may wish to add another two A4 pages of images to your abstract.

Full details at <http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=17515>
PDF version of call for papers at <http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/media/pdf/a/m/Maidstone_Symposium_Call_for_Papers.pdf?CFID=2464123&CFTOKEN=75615945>

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