What is An Experimental Book?

CATARINA LEITÃO - Uplift

We almost missed knowing about it, but thanks to Andrea Cardinal we’ve learned there are still a few days (until June 15) left to catch “Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books” at the University Galleries at Eastern Michigan University. The exhibition investigates the role of the book in the
contemporary art world. The curators have expanded on
the traditional definition of a book, which they define loosely as a vehicle for information that is organized into “sections.”
The exhibition includes unique traditional books, altered books,
sculptural books, digital books, and installation, photography, and
performance-based books. Curated by EMU faculty members Leslie Atzmon
and Ryan Molloy, the exhibition features the work of a group of
national and international artists and designers, including Catarina Leitao (top), Ariel Malka (bottom top), Noriko Ambe, Christopher Baker, Susan Carr (below middle), Karin Hammer (below bottom), Edwin Jager, Penelope Umbrico and more.
 
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ARIEL MALKA - Javascriptorium
 

SUSAN CARR - White
 

KAREN HANMER - BEAUT.E(CODE)
 
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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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