Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 13: The Book That Was to Come

Saturday, April 13th at 1PM
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center

A discrete waypoint in our understanding of what the book might become, where it is (no longer) bound. Featuring poets and artists whose work concerns the past and future of literary forms, including recipients of the Envisioning the Future of the Book commission from the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College. Interventions may include artists' books, works between page and screen, poems made from google books marginalia, and Orlando re-written by the vibrations of an oak tree.

Featuring Doro Boehme, Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Lindsey French, Ian Hatcher, and Krissy Wilson. Curated by Judd Morrissey.

Doro Boehme is a writer and visual artist who came to Chicago on a one-year fellowship sponsored by the German Ministry of Culture and the Sciences Baden-Wuerttemberg. She holds an MFA from the Academy of the Arts in Stuttgart, Germany (master class of Joseph Kosuth) as well as an MILS from Dominican University. Currently she leads the Flaxman Library Special Collections at the School of the Art institute of Chicago; she co-teaches classes on special collections within the Arts Administration department at SAIC and teaches grad seminars within Columbia College Chicago's Interdisciplinary Arts Department on the history of artists' publications. She has published extensively as part of professional art and library organizations, contributed to exhibition catalogs and serial publications and is currently working on a series of short stories as well as her first novel.Her most recent visual works can be seen in online publications such as

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. She is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a chapbook; and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented-reality poems. Her intermedia project Abra, a hybrid book-performance collaboration with Kate Durbin, Ian Hatcher, and Zach Kleyn recently received an Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and will be issued as an artist's book and iPad app in fall of 2013. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, where she taught classes in digital, visual, and material poetics. Her poems, collaborations, translations, reviews and essays have appeared widely in print and online. She currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell and is at work on a critical book, The Upright Script: Modernist Mediations and Contemporary Data Poetics.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based writer, cultural worker, and transmedia artist. She is author of the poetry book The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books, 2009), selected by Chris Abani, and co-author of Abra, forthcoming in iOS and artist book editions with the help of a grant from Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She has also published five chapbooks. She is founding editor of the online pop cultural journal Gaga Stigmata, and her tumblr project, Women as Objects, archives the teen girl tumblr aesthetic. Her projects have been featured by Poets and Writers,, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, Spex, NPR, Hyperallergic, Flavorwire, T-Mobile's Your Digital Daily,, and many others. She is the winner of an &Now Innovative Writing Award.

Lindsey French is a transdiciplinary artist and phyto-confabulator based in Chicago's urban ecosystem. Her recent collaborations with oak trees have produced two books, seductiveness the which issued by the whole person (2012), and upon writing grass (2013), through a generative and performative translation of the vibrations of oak trees. The former was exhibited at the LeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago, IL (2012) and the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan (2012), and is held by the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This fall she co-curated "void object()," a group show in conjunction with the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA: 2012) in Albuquerque, NM. Her projects have been featured on the Arduino blog, fNews magazine, and KTISMAjournal. She was recently nominated as a candidate for the 2013 Clare Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. Currently she is completing her Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she will be teaching in Fall 2013.

Ian Hatcher is a writer, programmer, musician, and live artist. He has performed his work at the Kitchen (NYC), Chez Bushwick (NYC), Links Hall (Chicago), E-Poetry Festival (Buffalo), Interrupt Festival (Providence), &NOW Festival (San Diego), and several Electronic Literature Organization conferences. Poetry attributed to his name has appeared in LIT, The Claudius App, Web Conjunctions, SpringGun, Anomalous, and e-ratio. Along with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, he is a recipient of the Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and co-author of the forthcoming book/app Abra. He holds a BFA from SAIC, an MFA from Brown University, and is a long-term collaborative partner of the Moving Architects dance company. He lives in New York City.

Krissy Wilson is a writer and artist from Miami, Florida. She created and maintains The Art of Google Books, a blog-archive that recognizes digitization as photography and showcases signs of use in digitized books. This Tumblr-spotlighted project has more than 55,000 followers and has been featured by PBS Newshour Art Beat and Picture Dept. (Newsweek/Daily Beast), among others. Wilson holds a BA in English from the University of Florida, where she engaged in the critical study of children’s literature and the history of the book, and she is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Writing candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This summer, she will be applying to the Fulbright program with the project Detritus: Poems from the Thames Foreshore.

Judd Morrissey is an electronic writer and artist whose works encompass elements of internet art, live performance, site-responsive installation, and structured public participation. He is the creator of widely studied and anthologized digital literary works including The Precession (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), The Jew’s Daughter (2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (2002). His projects are presented nationally and internationally in festivals, exhibitions, conferences and commission contexts. Morrissey is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches courses in networked and computational writing, digital art, and contemporary performance.