Poets and Critics 2016 (2): Johanna Drucker Symposium Thursday 2 & Friday 3 June

On Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, we will be hosting a 2 day symposium on Johanna Drucker’s work in Paris.
Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges
9:45am-5pm, room 830 (8th floor of the Olympe de Gouges Building).
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For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.

+ Poetry reading with Johanna Drucker and Cia Rinne, Thursday 2 June, 7:30pm, Atelier Michael Woolworth, Place de la Bastille, 2, rue de la Roquette, Cour Février, 75011 Paris For detailed directions, click HERE.

So far, we’ve tried to focus on the writer’s own (creative and critical) work on the first day of the P&C symposia and on broader issues of poetics and practice-based criticism with the writer on the second day. But there’s no specific preconceived program for the 2 days of the symposium: as the previous sessions of the program have shown, it seems important to let the conversation take its own course.

Please note that the morning session of the first day is devoted to preparing the conversation with Johanna Drucker which will take place during the afternoon session and the second day. Johanna Drucker will be joining the group at 2pm on Thursday 2 June.

Among Johanna Drucker’s many publications, we would like to look at the following titles: Stochastic PoeticsDiagrammatic Writing, both available on this website, The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art (The University of Chicago Press, 1994), SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (The University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press, 2014). As well as her many artists’ books also made available on this website. We welcome other reading suggestions.

Also of great interest:

Theorizing Modernism: Visual Art and the Critical Tradition, Columbia University Press, 1994. (ISBN 978-0231080835)
The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination, Thames and Hudson, 1995. (ISBN 978-0500016084)
The Century of Artists’ Books, Granary Books, 1995. (ISBN 978-1887123693)
Figuring the Word: Essays on Books, Writing, and Visual Poetics, Granary Books, 1998. (ISBN 978-1887123235)
Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity, University Of Chicago Press, 2005. (ISBN 978-0226165059)
Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, with Emily McVarish, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008 (ISBN 978-0132410755)
Digital_Humanities, with Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, MIT Press, 2012. (ISBN 978-0262018470)


Thursday 2 June 
9:45am-12 > premilinary session with all participants
12-2pm > lunch
2pm > Johanna Drucker will be joining us for the afternoon session
7:30pm > Poetry reading with Johanna Drucker

Friday 3 June
9:45am-12 > morning session with Johanna Drucker
12-2pm > lunch
2pm-5pm > afternoon session with Johanna Drucker
8pm > symposium dinner

From Johanna Drucker’s website : http://www.johannadrucker.net/

Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing(Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008, 2nd edition late 2012). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King’s College, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics. A collaboratively written work,Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick is forthcoming from MIT Press.

A full bibliography can be found at http://www.johannadrucker.net/articles.html

“Un-Visual and Conceptual”:

Pennsound page: with interviews, talks, readings
EPC page:
Johanna Drucker on Granary Books:

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