The conventional notion of the book, based on centuries of print, has grown outdated. The book is coming unbound, freed from the bindings of the printed volume and from the limitations of conventional text. How will today's multimedia content and online modes of authorship offer entirely new vistas of book-like functions? How should we preserve vital features of conventional print? How will the chain from author to reader develop? The Unbound Book Conference, the largest in scope in The Netherlands to date, brings together researchers, publishers, librarians and designers from around the world to take part in defining this rapidly changing landscape.
Featuring: Arianne Baggerman (University of Amsterdam), James Bridle (booktwo.org, London), Florian Cramer (Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam), Gary Hall (Coventry University, UK), Suzanne Holtzer (De Bezige Bij publishers, NL), Liz McGettigan (Library Edinburgh Council), Miha Kovac (University of Ljubljana), Tomas Krag (Booksprint, Copenhagen), Veljko Kukulj (Geanium, Croatia), Alan Liu (UC Santa Barbara), Anne Mangen (Stravanger University, Norway), Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam), Ray Siemens (University of Victoria, CA), Femke Snelting (Open Source Publishing, Brussels), Nicholas Spice (London Review of Books), Bob Stein (Institute for the Future of the Book, NY), Simon Worthington (Mute Magazine, London), Frank van Amerongen (ThiemeMeulenhoff publishers, NL), and more.
Also featuring the book launches of the Institute of Network Culture's new publication Critical Point of View: a Wikipedia Reader (20 May, Koninklijke Bibliotheek) and the Graphic Design Museum's new publication I Read Where I Am (21 May, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam).
Dates and Locations: 19 May Sessions: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Rhijnspoorplein 1, Amsterdam: http://www.hva.nl/locaties/ 20 May Conference Day 1: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, Den Haag: www.kb.nl
21 May Conference Day 2: Openbare Bibliotheek, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam: www.oba.nl
The Unbound Book is an Initiative of CREATE-IT Applied research centre at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the Book and Digital Media Studies at the University of Leiden, and the Institute of Network Cultures.
'Text to the Paratext': An Evening with Sean Dockray 23 May 2011 Smart Project Space Arie Biemondstraat 105 (Auditorium), Amsterdam 20.15 doors open, 20.30 presentation starts. Drinks at 22.00 FREE entrance
The Institute of Network Cultures, CREATE-IT Applied Research Centre at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam are pleased to present an evening with L.A.-based artist and theorist Sean Dockray. After having the opportunity to see Sean in roundtable discussion during the Unbound Book's Digital Enclosures workshop (Thursday 19 May at 14.00 at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam), this evening will offer both conference goers and a wider public the chance to hear more about his work as a designer and writer who emphasizes an active, critical engagement with technology. The evening will pit Sean in conversation with net critic Geert Lovink and curator Annet Dekker, as Dockray presents his work crafting online and offline non-institutional networks and archives, including the AAAARG digital library and The Public School, now found in several cities worldwide. Made possible by Smart Project Space and the Foreign Visitors Program at Virtueel Platform.
Geert Lovink is a net critic and the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. Annet Dekker is independent curator and researcher whose subjects of interest are the influence of new media, science and popular culture on art and vice versa.