TOPIC 2:

CONFLUENCE/COLLISION?
This forum has been established to explore the encounter of the traditional technologies and paradigms of Printing, Publishing, Illustration, Reading and Writing with those evoked or anticipated by the new digital media - the Internet being the latest (but by no means final) evolution. With Paul Valéry's epigraph from Walter Benjamin's essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" as an inspiration (see complete Symposium text) I invite your thoughts regarding:

  1. Copyright
  2. Archival quality
  3. Authorship, Aura, Authenticity
  4. Artistic production
  5. Interconnectivity
  6. Verisimilitude
  7. Distribution

More specifically, how has the computer and/or the Internet affected the nature of your work? What new avenues of expression or commerce has this new venue provided? What areas of confusion has it created? What is the "Book" of the 21st century? The "Artists' Book"? The "Livre d'Artiste"?

The book remains. It has already absorbed an on-slaught of new technologies, and has only, in response, flourished. Colophon Page is, itself, a manifestation of this evolution.

James Wintner
Colophon Page

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