“Making in a Digital World” will be the focus of a presentation by book artist and maker Steve Miller, 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in UC-114 at UW-Fond du Lac, 400 University Dr.
Miller’s presentation is part of the UW-Fond du Lac Tuesday Talks lecture series and kicks-off the campus theme for 2015-16 “UnPlug. Living well in a digital age.” He will also be at the Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan St., at 6:30 p.m. on that same day. Both events are free and open to the public.
His presentation will explore making things by hand in a world that is turning increasing digital. How is a handmade object different from the reception of information on electronic devices such as cell phones, iPads and computers? How does a person connect the whole body, mind and soul to something as simple as a book?
A UW-Fond du Lac alumnus, Miller was part of the very first group of students at the campus from 1968 to 1970 and was elected the first student government president.
“The UW-Fond du Lac campus holds a very special place in my heart,” said Miller. “It is where a Fond du Lac boy began to learn about the world, and step out into it. It prepared me for everything I have done since then.”
Miller went on to graduate from UW-Madison. He founded Red Ozier Press in Madison in 1976, a fine press devoted to publishing handmade, limited edition books of contemporary poetics and art. The press relocated to New York City in 1979. Miller went to The University of Alabama in 1988 to teach letterpress printing and hand papermaking. He is professor and coordinator of the MFA in the Book Arts Program.
He has recorded a series of podcastsfeaturing interviews with book artists and poets.
“It is an honor to come back and connect with students and faculty, and to talk a bit about where life and my work has led me, starting at the UW-Fond du Lac campus,” said Miller.
This event is coordinated by the UW-Fond du Lac Fine Arts and Lecture Commitee and receives funding from the UW-FDL Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee.
Images courtesy of Steve Miller.
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