Creative Arts

Staff research

Engaging with Screens: Art, Archive, Book

organized by the DH@Lboro research group

Martin Hall Room 1.17a/b Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom || 31 May 2017

This interdisciplinary workshop invites participants to debate ways in which readers, publishers, archivists, and curators engage with the computer screen and its technologies for the purpose of accessing, preserving, and displaying textual material and paper artefacts. Is the persistence of books and book-like forms in the digital ecology an obstacle or necessity to our understanding of screen-based media? How far can innovative, digital forms stray from their recognizable counterparts in the analogue world before they become too alien for users? Can engagement with a screen effectively replace tactile engagement with a paper manuscript?

The aim of the workshop is to explore mechanisms for the bibliographical ‘control’, display, and archiving of textual media in a digital environment; to develop a critical vocabulary for the purpose of examining the ontology and phenomenology of paper artefacts that migrate to screens; and to debate strategies for the preservation and display of digital and digitized texts. By looking for common ground in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary forum, we seek to provide a new account of textual ‘form’ and its accessibility in the digital environment.



Arrival and Coffee 


Welcome and Introduction Kathryn Brown and Wim Van Mierlo 


Douglas Dodds (Victoria and Albert Museum): From Analogue to Digital:  Engaging with Computer-Generated Images and Text at the V&A 


Julia Thomas (Cardiff University): Engaging with Illustrations: Word, Image, Digital 




Kathryn Brown (Loughborough University): Contingent Texts: Playing with Digital Artists' Books 


Clive Izard (Armadillo Software): Beyond Turning the Pages: Interpretive Technologies and Audiences 




Katharina Karrenberg (Artist): Reflectography: Migrating between Drawing and Photography 

Anna Dot Verdaguer (Universitat de Vic/Universitat Central de Catalunya) and Pablo Santa Olalla (Universitat de Barcelona): ‘Arxiu/AM’: The building of an Archive for Antoni Muntadas’ Works 

Ahren Warner (Loughborough University): … chaque fois qu’une image, d’elle-même: On the Screen as Generative and Degenerate 






Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University): Who’s Emptying Your Trashcan? Version Control in the Age of Digital Forensics 

Clare Hutton (Loughborough University): James Joyce’s Ulysses as a Digital Object




General Discussion

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  1. Standard delegate rate: £15.00 includes refreshments and lunch
  2. Loughborough University students and staff: please contact Elizabeth Mayne for details of rates


VenueMartin Hall seminar room, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU. For a campus map click here.

Travelling by train: Loughborough is approximately a 90-minute train journey from London, an hour from Birmingham, or two hours from Manchester or Leeds. Direct trains to Loughborough depart from London St Pancras, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, and York. A shuttle bus service from Loughborough rail station to the university runs throughout the year and departs up to every 10 minutes.

Travelling by air: The nearest airport is East Midlands. The yellow Skylink bus service from the airport to Leicester goes right through the centre of Loughborough. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes during the day from stand D outside the airport arrivals hall.

Travelling by car: Loughborough University is two miles from junction 23 on the M1. The University is clearly signposted on all other main routes. Car parking on campus can be difficult so you may wish to leave your car at your hotel or the station and get public transport to campus.

Accommodation at Loughborough University

Burleigh Court

Accommodation in the town

The Link

Premier Inn


Forest Rise

**Other hotels are available, including links to these hotels does not consitute an endorsement on the part of the organisers