The focus for this year’s symposium is the book as object. This symposium seeks to explore hand assembled "books" as reservoirs of knowledge, memory, and experience, bringing together people who investigate the ways in which knowledge is organized in a personally-produced object meant to be kept by an individual or shared. Some key questions might include: What does a person choose to record and preserve in a hand-made assemblage? How do they organize and share what they have accumulated? How do they adjust and annotate it? How are these objects related to the more outwardly-facing ways in which knowledge, memory, and experience are shared using modern digital means of assemblage? How could they instead serve as private reservoirs of personal heritage?
This year's workshop group is co-convened by:
Diane Reilly, Provost Professor, Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
Rowland Ricketts, Professor, Fibers, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design
Three external fellows who work on bookmaking are joining us this year during the April meeting.
In conjunction with this session of The Bloomington Symposia, there will be an exhibition of artists' books from the Indiana University collection, curated by Library Science graduate student Katherine Frawley, at the Wells Library near Scholars' Commons and Hazelbaker Hall.