[-empyre-] Publishing In Convergence, Week 2: Print and Pixels

morgan currie morganecurrie at gmail.com
Wed Jun 9 06:58:41 EST 2010

No, this isn't off topic at all, and it would be useful to relate it
to the more central theme of publishing in convergence, which of
course can and should include discussions on the political and
personal - though it would help to know more of what you mean by this.

It would be interesting for you to elaborate also for us on your theme
of art leaning towards a closed system of ideas. I would venture that
our guests so far, from this week and last, all can share thoughts on
this as it relates to their own experiences in enabling and innovating
knowledge sharing. Also, with this week's topic, considerations of
materiality should yield questions about how this relates to new
political, personal and metaphorical
opportunities/interventions/innovations - from FLOSS models and POD
with its interruption of traditional patterns of distribution and
consumption, to the networked book and how it forces us to reconsider
notions of authorship and ownership (some possible topics mentioned

It would be appreciated if you could tell us more!

On 6/8/10, christopher sullivan <csulli at saic.edu> wrote:
> Hello, With all do respect, topic after topic, is about presentation, and
> new
> digital paradigms, code, mixing, appropriation.. perhaps that is the goal of
> this forum. But It would be really interesting to get away from
> presentation,
> and focus on a wider creative notions of generating work. perhaps an
> underlying
> theme is whether contemporary art is leaning towards a "closed system" of
> ideas.
> where does the political, personal, metaphoric, exist in contemporary
> creation.
> no need to respond to this as it is off topic, but I am hungry for different
> questions.
> Quoting morgan currie <morganecurrie at gmail.com>:
>> I'd like to introduce this week's topic, Print and Pixels. Carrying
>> the discussion forward from (or better, alongside) our first week's on
>> distribution, the economics of piracy and experimental publishing
>> models, Print and Pixels concentrates on the (neo) materiality
>> question: can we discuss how the formal transformations of the book,
>> as it moves from paper to bit streams, from physical object to a
>> flickering concert of hardware and software, reverberate in the realm
>> of publishing? Of course this already threaded through last week's
>> conversation, but here we hope to talk more about material
>> constraints, current experimentation (think FLOSS, print-on-demand,
>> and formatting for multiple screens) and future potentialities,
>> legality aside, of publication. What can we do with code that we can't
>> with ink? How do the affordances of the networked book, the text as
>> assemblage, raise new possibilities for publishers? In turn, what does
>> this refreshed understanding of textuality mean for print (I'm
>> thinking of Emmet's point about the aesthetics of fetish collectors
>> items). This is a topic which this weeks guests have both expertly
>> theorized on a granular level, as well as put into practice.
>> We're pleased to introduce Katherine Hayles to this discussion.
>> Katherine Hayles (US, CA) is the John Charles Hillis Professor of
>> Literature and Distinguished Professor in the departments of English
>> and Design/Media Arts at the University of California, LA. Shis the
>> author of a number of books, including Electronic Literature: New
>> Horizons for the Literary (2008), and My Mother Was a Computer:
>> Digital Subjects & Literary Texts.
>> Also joining this week is Simon Worthington (UK), who has already
>> introduced his extensive work in digital publishing experiments. And
>> our third guest is Joost Kircz (NL), who began a university research
>> career in molecular physics (Amsterdam and Utrecht) before joining the
>> scientific publishing industry, where he spent 16 years at Elsevier
>> Science. From the start of his publishing career, he engaged in the
>> design and implementation of electronic publishing experiments and
>> products. As from April 2004, he is the visiting scientist at the
>> Information and Language Processing Systems Group of the University of
>> Amsterdam.
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