March 29, 2004


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Paul Baron edits a new weblog documenting the influence of internet on print design. He has an interest in NAVIGATION. The way we navigate a storyline in a book, content on a book/website, the way we navigate in our daily life from tasks to books to internet to other medias, back to life etc ... those links in between, in parallel. There is no back button in life, how does that influence our decision making, imagine a website with no back button, imagine a book which takes 5 spreads to show you a big picture as if it was heavy to load. The site aims to be a platform to documents the cross-breeding and a vector to help designer devise new approaches to narratives.

March 26, 2004

Writing about art ...

A site for a conference that happened in 2002 - Writing about Art: A Symposium on the Rhetoric of Art Criticism.

What does it mean to say that a picture is "worth" a thousand words? This symposium, sponsored by the Leslie Humanities Center, the Hood Museum, the Department of Art History, and the Frederick Sessions Beebe Professorship in the Art of Writing, will explore fundamental questions about the history of art criticism, the relation between visual art and verbal responses to it, the difference (if any) between description and interpretation, and the interdependence of language and images.


James Heffernan, Professor of English at Dartmouth and Frederick Sessions Beebe Professor in the Art of Writing, has published widely on the relation between literature and art. His books include The Re-Creation of Landscape: A Study of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Constable, and Turner (1985) and Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery (1993).

Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, has published extensively on art ranging from the Renaissance to our own time. Her many books include Realism (1971), Courbet Reconsidered (1988), The Politics of Vision: Essays on 19th Century Art and Society (1989), and Representing Women (1999).

W.J.T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and of Art at the University of Chicago and editor of Critical Inquiry, specializes in theorizing about the language of images. His books include Blake’s Composite Art (1978), The Language of Images (1980), Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology (1986), and Picture Theory (1994).

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The Virtual Codex from Page Space to E-space

An essay by Johanna Drucker, The Virtual Codex from Page Space to E-space, presented to the Syracuse University History of the Book Seminar, April 25, 2003.

Artist Books

A national forum on artists books was held at Artspace Mackay in February this year.

The National Artists' Books Forum approached issues surrounding the artform from a variety of perspectives creating a rare opportunity for networking and discussing the creation, presentation and collecting of artists' books.

Following the success of the First National Artists' Book Forum, Artspace Mackay and Australian Museums and Galleries Online (AMOL) have established an artists' book email list for the discussion of Artists' Books in Australia.

The artsbooks list is for artists, curators, librarians, students and researchers interested in the artform of artists' books within Australia. Members of the list receive information about exhibitions, events and opportunities relating to artists' books. The list also will provide a forum to discuss issues, share information and help and support each other.

Instructions for those wishing to subscribe can be found at

Papers from the First National Artists' Book Forum will be published online at Artspace Mackay's website in April 2004.