What Is?: Nine Epistemological Essays
By Johanna Drucker
N.p.: Cuneiform Press, 2013. Edition: 500.
5 x 8.2"; 140 pages. Printed in two colors. Perfect bound. Hardcover, cloth over boards with title and author embossed on front cover.
Craig Dworkin: "For decades, Johanna Drucker’s work – as a theorist, printer, art historian, poet, literary critic, and designer – has been set apart by her mastery in each of those fields. With the broadened perspective of recent research into digital media and complexity theory, and with a full awareness of the historical dimensions of our current understanding of 'materiality,' the series of nine conceptually linked essays in What Is? again leverages Drucker’s positions across disciplines to show us how little we know about the most familiar concepts: from letters and words to documents and books and their digital futures – and why knowing more really matters."
Cuneiform Press: "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."
These essays are collected here for the first time, but all had previous life in a journal and/or at a conference.