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The Contemporary Artists' Books Conference is a dynamic, two-day event focused on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses by art historian Lucy Lippard and artist-publisher Paul Chan, as well as sessions covering a broad array of subjects, including: appropriation-based artwork, intellectual property, and copyright law; arts-publishing practices in Tokyo, Taipei and Seoul; sound-and-text intermedia publication; and graphical notation.

All Conference sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held in the PS1 courtyard Performance Dome. General admission is first-come-first-seated.

All sessions are free but space is limited. Guarantee your reserved seat for each keynote address with the purchase of a $20 advanced ticket, available on Printed Matter's website here: Paul Chan (Friday, Sept. 28) and Lucy Lippard (Saturday, Sept. 29).

The Conference is organized by the CABC Committee, a national group of art library professionals. Funding for the Conference is supported by generous donations from Phil Aarons, Peter Norton, and David Teiger.

 
CONFERENCE SESSIONS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012


12:00–1:00 pm
Sound and Text: Experiments in Transmedia Object Making
James Hoff and Robert Peterson will discuss their mutual exploration of sound and text as artistic mediums, addressing both conceptual and practical issues, including the challenges posed by formats, rights and distribution, publishing, storage, and best-practices. This session will include a Q&A with the artists. Organized by Lindsey Reynolds.

2:00–3:30 pm
Appropriation and Intellectual Property
Debates on the the legal complexity of appropriated imagery have resurfaced in light of a recent lawsuit between artist Richard Prince and photographer Patrick Cariou. Artists Greg Allen and Eric Doeringer and lawyer Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento will discuss notions of "fair use" and "transformation" with our digital culture, as well as the question of how copyright law should adapt to rapidly evolving artistic practices and whether copyright law might constitute a medium in and of itself. Organized and moderated by Stephen Bury.

4:00–5:00 pm
Pecha Kucha: Artists' Publications
Pecha Kucha is the Japanese phrase for "the sound of conversation." This session will consist of ten presenters offering fifteen slides, displayed for twenty seconds each. Presenters will have five minutes to discuss artists' publications (artists' books, zines, and related publications) based on interest, influence, or intrigue. The quick pace and strictly enforced time limit of this session format ensures a lively, engaging, and entertaining discussion. Presenters include Anna Brooke, Carey Chiaia, Ana Paula Cordeiro, Eleni Giorgos, Mitchell Goodrich, Nick Iluzada, Maggie Portis, Jasmine Sarp, Heather Slania, and Jonathan Thomas. Organized and moderated by Tony White.

5:30–7:00 pm
Keynote: Paul Chan, "Publish to Perish"
Artist Paul Chan began publishing limited-edition books, e-books, and art works under imprint Badlands Unlimited in 2010. His questions about the viability of publishing will form the subject of this address, including: "Is publishing a form of addiction? What is a book? How is reading a book different than looking at art? Does light change the nature of what appears on paper and screen? How come I was served with a warrant for outstanding taxes? Why does running Badlands waste so much time and lose so much money? What does this have to do with pleasure?" Reserve seats...
 
CONFERENCE PRESENTERS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

12:00–1:00 pm
Sound and Text: Experiments in Transmedia Object Making

James Hoff is an artist, editor, and art curator living in New York City. He works in a variety of mediums including painting, sound, and performance. He is the co-founder and editor of Primary Information, a non-profit publisher devoted to printing artists' books and multiples by artists. With Primary Information he has edited publications and multiples by John Cage, the Art Workers' Coalition, DISBAND, Dan Graham, Robert Filliou, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, Lee Lozano, Dieter Roth, Aram Saroyan, Seth Siegelaub, and Emmett Williams, among many others. His audio installation and accompanying LP “How Wheeling Feels when the Ground Walks Away” premiered at Artists Space as part of Performa 09.

Robert Peterson is a sound artist, educator and curator from Louisiana. His work explores pedestrian ritual, daily life, sound as medicine and education as performance. The gifts, blessings, trash, and curses that come along with the transmission and reception of culture across the lines of race, religion, gender, and age are at the heart of Peterson’s work. Having grown up in Louisiana, where the sacred and the profane drink together, he is at once a part of that dialog and also a keen observer of it. He has exhibited work in Sweden, Haiti, Jamaica, Ireland, and the United States. See/listen here and here.

2:00–3:30 pm
Appropriation & Intellectual Property

Greg Allen is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His blog is at http://greg.org. He published Canal Zone, based on the transcripts of the Patrick Cariou versus Richard Prince & Gagosian Case.

Eric Doeringer is a Brooklyn-based artist. He studied at Brown University and then took a MFA at SMFA, Boston. 2011 solo exhibitions include “Eastern Standard Time” at another year in LA, Los Angeles and “Cowboys” at the Plush Gallery, Dallas. One of his books, Records, is on long-term view in the installation “Connecting Cultures: A World in Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist who practices art law. He is interested in the relationship between contemporary art and law, with a primary focus on copyright, moral rights, and free speech. He received his BA in Art from the University of Texas-El Paso and an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts. He was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art in 1997–98, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006. From 2006 to 2012 he was the Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, and currently practices out of his office, The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, where he advises and represents visual and performing artists and arts organizations. artlawoffice.com

Moderator: Stephen Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. He has published Artists' Books (1995), Artists' Multiples (2001) and Breaking the Rules (2007).

4:00–5:00 pm
Pecha Kucha

Anna Brooke, Librarian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Carey Chiaia, Member of Open Space Baltimore
Ana Paula Cordeiro, Artist/ Instructor, The Center for Book Arts
Eleni Giorgos, Book Artist
Mitchell Goodrich, Writer & illustrator
Nick Iluzada, Illustrator & book maker
Maggie Portis, Art & Architecture Librarian, Pratt Institute
Jasmine Sarp, Member of Open Space Baltimore
Heather Slania, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jonathan Thomas, Chair, Printmaking, Maryland Institute College of Art

5:30–7:00 pm
Keynote: Paul Chan
is an artist who lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: "Documenta 13," Kassel, 2012; "Before the Law," Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2011–12; "Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale," Venice, 2009; "Medium Religion," ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; "Traces du Sacré," Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008 and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include "Paul Chan: The 7 Lights," Serpentine Gallery, London and New Museum, New York, 2007–2008. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Chan’s essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Tate etc, Parkett, Texte zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals. Chan founded Badlands Unlimited, a press devoted to publishing artists’ writings and writings about art in paper and digital forms, in 2010.