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From Physical to Digital - What Do Artists Do with Books? Thursdays at Four Presentation by Sarah Bodman

Date: 11/08/2012

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free


Artists’ books have been around for centuries, but as digital technology has advanced so quickly recently, so have the ways in which artists produce works of art in, or based upon the book format. So what are artists doing with books these days? This presentation will look at some of the ways artists in the USA, Europe and further afield are approaching the book format now. Examples of artists’ books will be discussed, from beautiful paper-based editions to more experimental video and online book works, and what the messages behind these books are.

Sarah Bodman is Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research, where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also Programme Leader for MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton Campus. She is the editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook, a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, and the The Blue Notebook, a journal for artists’ books, and writes a regular news column on artists’ books for the journal Printmaking Today. Her own artists books include Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volumes I-IV, an ongoing series of books inspired by Richard Brautigan’s novel The Abortion; Viola, the story of a serial killer baker; After Fallout; The Romantic Tradition Unleashed; Against Nature; Closure, a short story of the end of a love affair between a plane spotter and flower arranger (2009), How Do I Love Thee?, a collaboration with JP Willis which explores the lengths people will go to, to keep their loved ones close by (2009), and 2.43, made specially for Abigail Thomas’ Micro Pages project.

Sarah Bodman will also participate in the panel Sense of Place in Artst Books on Wednesday, November 7.


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study


Parking is available at the Fourth Street ramp and in the Church Street garage. Reciprocal contract parking in the Fourth Street ramp is available for those with contracts on the west bank or on the Saint Paul campus.

More information: http://ias.umn.edu/programs/thursdays-at-four/calendar/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the IAS at 626-5054 or ias@umn.edu.

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