[Humanist] 29.428 events: the future of the art-history book

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 428.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:13:29 +0000
        From: Andrew Prescott <Andrew.Prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: The Future of the Art History Book


As part of Academic Book Week (which is being sposored by the ‘Academic Book of the Future’ project: http://acbookweek.com/about-acbookweek/), two events are being organised withn support from the AHRC Digital Transformations theme leader fellowship around the future of scholarly communication in art history.

- A lecture by Dr Charlotte Frost of the City University of Hong Kong on ’The Future of the Art History Book’ will be given in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute, The Strand, London, on 11 November at 4.00pm:

"From Lives of the Artists, to The Story of Art, and Differencing the Canon, the discipline of art history has been defined by its books (Hyde Minor 1994; Macartney 2011; Shone and Stonnard, 2013). The art history book remains the standard of professional validation and knowledge transfer within the discipline. Yet, with the arrival of the internet and digital publishing technologies, the limiting nature of traditional academic publishing and the potential for alternative models have been exposed (Hall, 2008; Fitzpatrick, 2011; Frosio, 2014). Academic presses have sought to augment and re-engineer the academic text by exploring new systems for aggregation, annotation, collaborative writing, data visualisation, open access and peer review.  But art history is seriously behind in developing robust publishing models for the future (Ballon and Westermann, 2006; Evans, Thomson and Watkins, 2011; Zorich, 2012). In this talk, Charlotte Frost regards the art history book as the site of contention in the quest to historicise emerging (and often technologically-rich) art forms. She asks ‘what should the art history book of the future look like and what should it do differently for the discipline to evolve?’”

Admission to the talk is free. To book a ticket please go to: http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/the-future-of-the-art-history-book

- There will be a symposium on 'Rethinking Art's Digital Futures', in Chamber East, Chamber Building, Dundee, on 13 November from 10.00am-4pm as part of the NEON Festival:

The NEoN Festival mini-symposium this year is focused on the intersection of tradition and craft with the digital transformation of art and design. Artists participating in the festival will reflect on their own processes, demonstrating influences of ways of working from the disparate and shared heritage practices of the North East of North Asia including Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. While the West often looks to the East for visions of the future in the form of science fiction or new intelligent robotic gadgets it is also in the east where tradition is more keenly understood and practiced, with NEoN festival featuring works in hand drawn animation, shadow puppetry, and poetry. How do artists and designers sustain their inherited traditional practices in a time of digital transformation - with audiences ever-shortening attention spans, networked memory, and a reliance on mediated digital assets to tell the story for us? Our global interconnectedness means we are influenced as much by what is going on on the other side of the globe as by what is happening in their own neighbourhood. This symposium will address how cultural influence affects making, how artistic traditions mutate, while shining a critical light on the practices of artists and designers working within a digitally transformed worldview.

Admission to the symposium is free. To book a place please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rethinking-arts-digital-futures-tickets-19034405419

The organisers of these events would be grateful if you could circulate information on them via your networks.

Andrew 

Andrew Prescott FSA FRHistS
Professor of Digital Humanities
AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations
University of Glasgow

andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk
@ajprescott
07743895209
Andrew Prescott FSA FRHistS
Professor of Digital Humanities
AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations
University of Glasgow

andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk
@ajprescott
07743895209









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