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Drucker, Johanna 1952-

Works: 214 works in 526 publications in 2 languages and 11,624 library holdings
Genres: History  Artists' books  Catalogs  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sound poetry  Pictorial works  Fantasy fiction  Dystopian fiction  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Author of introduction, Contributor, Illustrator, Interviewee, Printer, Correspondent, Artist
Classifications: N7433.3, 411
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SpecLab : digital aesthetics and projects in speculative computing by Johanna Drucker( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nearly a decade ago, Johanna Drucker cofounded the University of Virginia's SpecLab, a digital humanities laboratory dedicated to risky projects with serious aims. In SpecLab she explores the implications of these radical efforts to use critical practices and aesthetic principles against the authority of technology based on analytic models of knowledge. Inspired by the imaginative frontiers of graphic arts and experimental literature and the technical possibilities of computation and information management, the projects Drucker engages range from Subjective Meteorology to Artists' Books Online to the as yet unrealized 'Patacritical Demon, an interactive tool for exposing the structures that underlie our interpretations of text. Illuminating the kind of future such experiments could enable, SpecLab functions as more than a set of case studies at the intersection of computers and humanistic inquiry. It also exemplifies Drucker's contention that humanists must play a role in designing models of knowledge for the digital age--models that will determine how our culture will function in years to come."--Publisher's description
The alphabetic labyrinth : the letters in history and imagination by Johanna Drucker( Book )

35 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A colorful and thorough exploration of the history of the alphabet and its symbolism in a mystical, philosophical, social, and artistic context
The century of artists' books by Johanna Drucker( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To their structure, form, and conceptualization. Topics include the discussion of the poetics of the book, the book as a metaphor, the conceptual space of the book, and books as narrative and non-narrative sequences. Each chapter uses these specific issues to examine the works of well-known book artists and publishers. The book provides a foundation for future work in the history and critical interpretation of artists' books, as well as offering a structure for teaching
The book as art : artists' books from the National Museum of Women in the arts by Krystyna Wasserman( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Artists' books have emerged over the last twenty-five years as one of the most engaging contemporary art forms, addressing subjects from poetry to politics, incorporating a full spectrum of artistic media and bookmaking methods, and taking every conceivable form. Female painters, sculptors, calligraphers, and printmakers have played a primary role in developing this new mode of artistic expression. The Book as Art presents more than one hundred of the finest artist̃ books culled from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. These exquisitely crafted objects are certain to provoke unexpected and surprising conclusions about what constitutes a book."--Jacket
Graphic design history : a critical guide by Johanna Drucker( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Graphic Design History' traces the social and cultural role of visual communication from prehistory to the present, connecting what designers do every day to a history of innovative graphic forms and effects. It offers a unique and exciting set of critical lenses for thinking about the cultural purpose and historical dimensions of the graphic designer's work, placing emphasis on the relevance of the history to the practices of designers today. Designed by the authors, the book is beautiful, spacious, and elegant. Clearly organized into three content-rich layers, it is informative yet lively and driven by ideas that offer ways of thinking about graphic design from a wealth of historical examples
The visible word : experimental typography and modern art, 1909-1923 by Johanna Drucker( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early in this century, Futurist and Dada artists developed brilliantly innovative uses of typography that blurred the boundaries between visual art and literature. In The Visible Word, Johanna Drucker shows how later art criticism has distorted our understanding of such works. She argues that Futurist, Dadaist, and Cubist artists emphasized materiality as the heart of their experimental approach to both visual and poetic forms of representation; by mid-century, however, the tenets of New Criticism and High Modernism had polarized the visual and the literary. Drucker suggests a methodology closer to the actual practices of the early avant-garde artists, based on a rereading of their critical and theoretical writings. After reviewing theories of signification, the production of meaning, and materiality, she analyzes the work of four poets active in the typographic experimentation of the 1910s and 1920s: Ilia Zdanevich, Filippo Marinetti, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Tristan Tzara. Few studies of avant-garde art and literature in the early twentieth century have acknowledged the degree to which typographic activity furthered debates about the very nature and function of the avant-garde. The Visible Word enriches our understanding of the processes of change in artistic production and reception in the twentieth century
Sweet dreams : contemporary art and complicity by Johanna Drucker( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Johanna Drucker's "sweet dream" is for a new and more positive approach to contemporary art. Drucker argues that contemporary art is fully engaged with material culture - yet still struggling to escape the oppositional legacy of the early twentieth-century avant-garde. She calls for a revamping of the critical vocabulary used to discuss art into one more befitting current creative practices." "Drucker shows that artists today are aware of working within the ideologies of mainstream culture and have replaced avant-garde resistance with acknowledged complicity. Finding their materials at malls and superstores or exploring celebrity culture, contemporary artists have created a vibrantly playful attitude towards mass culture - all while critics continue to cling to an outmoded vocabulary of opposition and radical negativity that defined modernism's avant-grade. At the cutting edge of new media research, Drucker surveys a wide range of exciting contemporary artists demonstrating their clear departure from the past and petitioning viewers and critics to shift their own terms and sensibilities as well. Sweet Dreams is a testament to the creative processes and self-conscious heterogeneity of art today as well as a revolutionary effort to celebrate imaginative, creative thought and the value of art in contemporary life."--Jacket
Graphesis : visual forms of knowledge production by Johanna Drucker( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graphesis provides a descriptive critical language for the analysis of graphical knowledge. In an interdisciplinary study fusing digital humanities with media studies and graphic design history, Drucker outlines the principles by which visual formats organize meaningful content. Among the most significant of these formats is the graphical user interface (GUI), the dominant feature of the screens of nearly all consumer electronic devices. Because so much of our personal and professional lives is mediated through visual interfaces, it is important to start thinking critically about how they shape knowledge, our behavior, and even our identity. Drucker makes the case for studying visuality from a humanistic perspective, exploring how graphic languages can serve fields where qualitative judgments take priority over quantitative statements of fact. Graphesis offers a new epistemology of the ways we process information, embracing the full potential of visual forms and formats of knowledge production
Theorizing modernism : visual art and the critical tradition by Johanna Drucker( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a major contribution to the study of modern art history. Theorizing Modernism, in Professor Drucker's words, "is not an analysis of modern visual culture, nor of modernity through the visual arts. It is a study of the changing strategies of visual arts and critical writing according to a rhetoric of representation through three themes that examine concerns central to the cultural production known as modern art."
The dual muse : the writer as artist, the artist as writer by Johanna Drucker( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sound of poetry, the poetry of sound by Marjorie Perloff( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sound--one of the central elements of poetry--finds itself all but ignored in the current discourse on lyric forms. The essays collected here by Marjorie Perloff and Craig Dworkin break that critical silence to readdress some of the fundamental connections between poetry and sound--connections that go far beyond traditional metrical studies. Ranging from medieval Latin lyrics to a cyborg opera, sixteenth-century France to twentieth-century Brazil, romantic ballads to the contemporary avant-garde, the contributors to The Sound of Poetry/The Poetry of Sound explore such subjects as the translatabil
Downdrift : an eco-fiction by Johanna Drucker( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slowly at first, then with increasing speed, animals worldwide develop and surpass human skills in every field, from manual labor to theoretical thinking, with earth-shattering consequences for the future of humanity
Typographically speaking : the art of Matthew Carter by Margaret Re( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experimental, visual, concrete : avant-garde poetry since the 1960s( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neon boneyard : Las Vegas A-Z by Judy Natal( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The word made flesh by Johanna Drucker( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The next word : text and/as image and/as design and/as meaning : an interdisciplinary exhibition of visual art, artists' books, graphic design, and visual poetry by Johanna Drucker( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is? : nine epistemological essays by Johanna Drucker( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide"--Statement from Cuneiform Press (viewed on Vamp & Tramp website August 21, 2014)
Otherspace : Martian ty/opography by Johanna Drucker( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Night crawlers on the Web by Johanna Drucker( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Digital media and information technology became the center of my intellectual and professional life in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Coming to the University of Virginia at that moment immersed me in the world of digital humanities. The vocabulary and ideas this universe provided stimulated imaginative as well as academic work. This book was conceived as a playful expression of the imaginative resonses provoked by conversations in which I found myself. It was meant to be playful, suggestive, funny, dark, critical, engaging, a little throw-off book done as an inside joke among the digerati"
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SpecLab : digital aesthetics and projects in speculative computing
The alphabetic labyrinth : the letters in history and imaginationThe century of artists' booksThe book as art : artists' books from the National Museum of Women in the artsGraphic design history : a critical guideThe visible word : experimental typography and modern art, 1909-1923Sweet dreams : contemporary art and complicityTheorizing modernism : visual art and the critical traditionThe dual muse : the writer as artist, the artist as writer
Alternative Names
Drucker, J.

Druker, Johana

Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker American art historian

Johanna Drucker Amerikaans historica

Johanna Drucker amerikanische Autorin, Buchkünstlerin, visuelle Theoretikerin und Kulturkritikerin

Johanna Drucker historiadora de l'art estatunidenca

Johanna Drucker historiadora del arte estadounidense

English (268)

Italian (9)