Open Book Workshop and Publications

The Open Book Project

Co-organized by Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy, The Open Book Project is a venture that includes an exhibition, a workshop, a journal special issue and a book. Loosely defining the book as an object that organizes or arranges written, verbal, or visual content into sections—such as pages, chapters, or signatures—The Open Book Project seeks to encourage exploration of the unconventional forms “books” might take, to challenge notions of what books can be, and to promote further discussion about the culture, legacy and future of books.

The Open Book Project book will be available late May or early June 2014. More information will be coming soon.


Over the last two decades, there have been a number of essays—and, ironically, books—that predict the demise of traditional books in the wake of digital media. Defining the term “book” loosely, as a vehicle for visual or verbal content that is organized into “sections,” this intensive ten‐day workshop will challenge overly simplistic, even fatalistic, ideas about the demise of physical books by stressing instead the ways novel renditions of physical and digital and hybrid “books” carry meaning. The objective is to encourage participants to explore unconventional forms that books may take and to create an artwork/designed object that challenges ideas of what books can be.

While the instructors will guide the direction of and lead discussions at the workshop, participants will be asked to contribute their particular knowledge and skill sets and contribute to the topic through presentations of their ideas and their creative work or research.

This workshop is part of the Open Book Project organized by Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy.

OPEN BOOK // Workshop

THE OPEN BOOK // Project


I was invited, and attended, the Open Book Workshop in the summer of 2012. The workshop provided a dedicated time and location for a personalized academic opportunity to study experimental form and content of the book medium. Over the two weeks provided for the workshop, I produced several publications; each studying alternative book making structures and techniques, each with unique subject matter.

Work(s) Created: by title (+–)

  • Liminal Horizon
  • “Copy” an Expansive Look at the Bibliographical Library of OBW ’12
  • I Am Not Famous: And I Have Nothing to Offer
  • Fortune Bookies
  • Cover Topography (not typography)
  • American Apparel T-Shirt

The listed titles will be featured in upcoming blog posts.


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