Faculty: Denise Gonzales Crisp and Christopher Baker
Dates: July 29-August 6, 2011
Over the last two decades, there have been a number of essays—and, ironically, books—that predict the demise of traditional books in the wake of digital media. Defining the term “book” loosely, as a vehicle for visual or verbal content that is organized into “sections,” this intensive nine-day workshop will challenge overly simplistic ideas about the demise of physical books by stressing instead the ways novel renditions of physical and digital and hybrid “books” carry meaning. The objective is to encourage participants to explore unconventional forms that books may take and to create an artwork/designed object that challenges ideas of what books can be.
The nine-day intensive workshop is organized by Eastern Michigan University faculty Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy. It will be led by Denise Gonzales Crisp and Christopher Baker. While the instructors will guide the direction of and lead discussions at the workshop, participants will be asked to contribute their particular knowledge and skill sets and contribute to the topic through presentations of their ideas and their creative work or research. The workshop is open to students, educators, and professionals from all disciplines.
Participants will be supplied basic art materials as part of the workshop. Other materials can be purchased at art supply stores in nearby Traverse City.
This Open Book workshop is an offshoot of the Open Book experimental book exhibition that was held in Eastern Michigan University’s University Gallery from April 3 to June 15, 2010. http://openbookexhibit.com.
Denise Gonzales Crisp is Professor of Graphic Design in the College of Design at North Carolina State University where she served as Department Chair from 2002 to 2006. Prior to arriving at the College in Fall 2002, Gonzales Crisp was senior designer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and principal of the studio SuperStove!, designing such projects as Artextmagazine, Southern California Institute of Architecture lecture series, and books for independent presses. Her design and writing have been published internationally, and she has lectured widely at institutions such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), GraficEurope (Berlin), RMIT (Melbourne), and ArtCity (Calgary). Juried and commissioned essays are included in Design and Culture, Items Magazine, and Design Observer, and several anthology volumes. Her research areas include defining the “DecoRational,” writing alternative-design discourse, and most recently, speculative “tools that make type.” She is the author of the forthcoming book Relational Typography: Systems, Context, Form, Message (Thames & Hudson 2011). Gonzales Crisp serves as contributing editorial board member for the journal Design and Culture, and is a member of the Contemporary Art Museum advisory board in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. He creates artifacts and situations that reveal and generate relationships within and between these networks. Baker recently completed his Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Media Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is now the senior artist-in-residence at the Kitchen Budapest, an experimental media arts lab in Hungary. In his previous life as a scientist, Baker worked to develop brain-computer interfaces at the University of Minnesota and UCLA.