Digital Promises in Art Book Publishing

A discussion of the performative nature of digitizing contemporary art books, exhibition catalogues, and artist books.

Event Details


Wattis Institute at the California College of the Arts
360 Kansas Street, San Francisco, California United States


February 25, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)



For decades, digital publishing in the arts has been seen in opposition to print. Let’s look beyond this binary perception and explore the current state of publishing in contemporary art books and the responses of art producers to digital promises.

Topics discussed include what going digital—in other words, flattening the content—means in terms of knowledge, to what extent the creative process is influenced by new mediums, and how digital and print complement each other in terms of audience and substance.


6:00 pm  doors open
6:30 pm  discussion begins
7:30 pm  Q&A with the audience
8:00 pm  networking
9:00 pm  doors close


Patricia Maloney

Patricia Maloney is the founding editor and director of the San Francisco Bay Area–focused journal Art Practical. In 2013, she also became the publisher of the international online art journal Daily Serving. She is a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports and has written for Artforum,ArtChronika, and Meatpaper, as well as for numerous exhibition catalogues.
Between 2000 and 2012, she held curatorial positions at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco; the MATRIX Program of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; and the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan. From 1999 to 2002, she was a Program Associate for the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Maloney has received writing residencies from the Philadelphia Art Hotel, the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Cannonball in Miami, and the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, TX. She holds her MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. In Fall 2013, she co-taught the graduate course, “Readership,” at the California College of the Arts, which examined how art publications create, identify, and locate audiences for the visual arts.


Kristina Lee Podesva (moderator)

Kristina Lee Podesva is a San Francisco-based artist, writer, and Editor at Fillip (Vancouver) and Sur (Mexico City) magazines. Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions and publications at Artspeak (Vancouver), Darling Foundry (Montreal), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), No Soul for Sale at the Tate (London), Dorsky Gallery (Long Island City), and the Power Plant (Toronto) among other venues.
Her writing has been published in Fillip and Bidoun, as well as in books and catalogues such as Turn Off the SunWaking Up from the Nightmare of ParticipationVector: Critical Research in ContextRecipes for an EncounterJudgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, and Komma: (after Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun). She has co-edited the books Institutions by Artists: Volume 1Tradition Versus Modernity, and 100% Vancouver. Currently, she teaches in the Curatorial Practice MA and Visual Art MFA programs at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


Alexander Provan

 Alexander Provan is the editor of Triple Canopy, a magazine and publishing platform based in New York. He is also a contributing editor of Bidoun, a magazine of the arts and culture of the Middle East and its diaspora. His writing on digital culture, aesthetics, literature, and politics has appeared in The NationThe Believern+1Bookforum,Artforum, and Frieze, among other publications.
Triple Canopy has recently participated in exhibitions and organized public programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial; the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 (New York City); the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Artissima 18 (Torino, Italy); and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. Provan is a fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics for 2013–2015.


Alexis Zavialoff

Alexis Zavialoff (1974, France) is a self-taught photographer, practicing in various contexts for the past 15 years. He has been involved in publishing almost from the day that he picked up his first camera. In Switzerland in 2007, he launched Motto, a distribution company for magazines, books and other types of independent publications, eventually expanding to a bookshop in Berlin in early 2009. Three new branches opened in Zurich, Geneva, and Vancouver in 2010, all within exhibition spaces. Motto distributes 100 publishers to some 100 specialized stores worldwide and, with Chert Gallery, has recently organized two editions of the Unter Dem Motto book fair.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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