Abra: Expanding Artists’ Books into the Digital Realm

Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Ian Hatcher

Abstract


The recipient of an Expanded Artists’ Books Grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, Abra is an exploration and celebration of the potentials of the artist’s book in the twenty-first century. A collaboration between Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Ian Hatcher, and a potentially infinite number of readers, the project merges physical and digital media, integrating a hand-made artist’s book with an iPad app to play with the notion of the “illuminated” manuscript and let readers interact in dynamic ways with both the form and content of the work. A convergence of print and digital media, the project offers opportunities to consider the way materiality and embodiment are interlinked and how we might productively play with that system of exchange.

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interface, touchscreen, ekphrasis, digital, interactive, poetry, app, materiality, artist’s books, poetics, poststructuralism

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