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Bloomington or Bust!

Just returned from 2011 CBAA Conference, and the weekend was a blast. Highlights included presentations by Emily Larned, Matthew P. Brown, Kristin Carlson, Kristen Merola & Tate Shaw, Tatiana Ginsberg, Frank Brannon and Denise Bookwalter. In addition, Andrew Huot presented about his experience with on-line bookbinding instruction, which was a fascinating model to consider.

Following my presentation, entitled Relational Continuum: The Book as ‘Lasting Encounter,’ our panel entertained a lively discussion regarding socially engaged practice involving the book form, which I hope to continue in the coming months. In service of that goal, I will be establishing a wiki that hosts an evolving list of critical questions, beginning with those that emerged from my conversations with Temporary Services, Book Bombs, ILSSA and the CBAA panel attendees. Keep your eyes open for that link, as well as a paper from Emily Larned, which she plans to compile from her presentation, entitled Splits, Trades, Reviews, & Distros: Zine Culture As Model.

As usual, I returned from the conference feeling inspired, exhausted, and bit nostalgic. There’s nothing quite like spending three straight days with those who speak your language fluently!

CBAA + CAA

Dates, times and locations have been posted for panel sessions at both the College Book Art Association and the College Art Association 2011 Conferences. At CBAA, Flatbed Splendor will be presenting on Panel Four, in the good company of Emily Larned and Edwin Jager. The panel begins at 10:30 am on Friday, January 14, and will take place in the Indiana Memorial Union at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

At CAA, Flatbed Splendor will be presenting on a panel entitled Fight the Power: Open Source, Free Software, and Critical Digital Practice, in the good company of Aymeric Mansoux, Heidi May, Jody Baker, Megan Lotts, Robert Lawrence, and moderator Ben Chang. The panel begins at 2:30 pm on Friday, February 11, and will take place in the Bryant Suite, on the 2nd floor of the Hilton New York.

Good News

Fibre Libre CoverI’m so excited. I just heard word that Fibre Libre will be given an award for Student Work in the Juried Members Exhibition at the College Book Arts Association Biennial Conference in Bloomington this coming January. In addition, I will be presenting at the conference, exploring the relevance of relational aesthetics as a critical paradigm in the field of book arts. Emily Larned, my ILSSA Co-Operator, who will speak about the history and contemporary relevance of ‘zines.

Speaking of ILSSA, we’ve been juried into The Big Crafty in Asheville, NC on December 5th. Our table will feature all of the Quarterlies, as well as a variety of goodies made by ILSSA members.

Thanks to CBAA and The Big Crafty for all of this goodness!

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