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Re: [BKARTS] CFP: Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place - CBAA First Biennial Conference (6/1/08; 1/8/09-1/10/09)

FYI?:  I have a few copies of "Artist, Artifact and Audience," a modest,
triangular, Wire-o bound catalogue I did of my students' works a few
years ago.  First come, first....

Tom Trusky, Director
Hemingway Western Studies Center and
Professor of English
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID  83725
(208) 426-1999 tel
(208) 426-4373 fax

>>> "Brown, Matthew P" <matthew-p-brown@xxxxxxxxx> 04/07/08 3:12 PM >>>
College Book Art Association Biennial Conference


January 8-10, 2009

hosted by the University of Iowa Center for the Book (UICB)

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.


Artist presentations of current work or work-in-progress

Studio demonstrations: process/experimentation/resurgence

Questions of materiality: the actual, the physical, the virtual, the

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

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


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

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@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:matthew-p-brown@xxxxxxxxx>), or
Julia Leonard (julia-leonard@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:julia-leonard@xxxxxxxxx>).

For more information about the UICB, see our website at

Matthew P. Brown

Associate Professor, English/UICB

Director, The UI Center for the Book


EPB 308, University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA  52242

phone: (319) 335-2365

fax: (319) 335-2535

email: matthew-p-brown@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:matthew-p-brown@xxxxxxxxx>

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