Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library presents "Interactive Book Art," an event featuring interactive pieces from the VCU Book Art Collection, including flip-books, board games, 3D images and audio recordings.
The event includes two sessions. The first, from 6 to 6:30 p.m., will offer an overview of the VCU Book Art Collection by Gay Acompanado, archival assistant for the arts. The second session, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will allow attendees to see, touch, play with and listen to pieces of book art.
"Interactive Book Art" is co-sponsored by the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee (CLUAC) and the VCU Friends of the Library. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register online.
Also called artists' books, book art is a contemporary art form in which the artist uses the structure or elements of the book to communicate a message or concept. Artists' books can be one-of-a-kind objects, or they can be published in limited editions. Their content can be textual, visual, tactile, auditory, or a mixture of these. Formally, artists' books may closely resemble traditional books or appear more sculptural. VCU's Book Art Collection includes nearly 4,000 items. The collection is international in scope and is strongest in publications from the 1960s to the present. It encompasses all aspects of contemporary book art publications ranging from photo-narratives to three-dimensional works.