Digital Promises in Art Book Publishing

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 6:00pm
Wattis Institute at the California College of the Arts, 360 Kansas Street, San Francisco

Codex is an exhibition manifesto conceived by the French artist Pierre Leguillon that ruminates on “the flattening of the book” in the digital age. Presented on a single wall, the exhibition explores how books, emptied of their content, can be represented or used as an image, as a frame, an object, a concept, or a document.

On February 25th from 6-9pm, Codex will provide a backdrop for the conversation, "Digital Promises in Art Book Publishing".

The talk will feature leading figures in art publishing, including Kristina Lee Podesva, a San Francisco-based artist, writer, and Editor at Fillip (Vancouver) and Sur (Mexico City) magazines; Patricia Maloney, founding editor and director of the online-journal Art Practical; Alexander Provan, editor of Triple Canopy, a magazine and publishing platform based in New York; and Alexis Zavialoff, a Swiss-photographer and founder of Motto, an international book distributor and bookstore.

While digital publishing is often viewed in opposition to the printed book, and criticized for its inability to technologically support the multi-model content of art books, it is an ever-evolving industry. What might an expanded notion of publishing look like? How can digital and print complement and enhance one another? Moreover, how can hybrid publication models incorporate networked forms of production and dissemination?

This event is organized by swissnex San Francisco and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. It is free and open to the public.

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6:00 pm doors open
6:30 pm discussion begins
7:30 pm Q&A with the audience
8:00 pm networking
9:00 pm doors close