Dialogues Booklet for Center for Art + Thought

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

The Center for Art + Thought is a unique, web-based nonprofit organization that believes “that the convergence between art and critical thought is a crucial way to generate new modes of knowledge production and creative and critical lenses for understanding and transforming global conditions.”

Their DIALOUGES project brings together a selection of artists, writers, and scholars for a sustained, thematically-driven conversation and this summer the Center commissioned me to produce a fine press booklet of this series’ first installation.

The debut issue “Migrant Musicians: Filipino Entertainers and the Work of Music Making” brings together four individuals in a converstation moderated by Sarita Echavez See. Informed by their creative and scholarly work as well as their own experiences, they reflect on how Filipino musicians have circulated as part of a global entertainment industry. Their discussion ranges from their family memories and mythologies about music’s transportative power to their encounters with the legal realities of Filipino musicians’ experiences as overseas contract workers. As See remarks, the processes of migration and survival transform “living song into living labor”—a process that can disguise and deny the work that undergirds the making and feeling of music.

The forty page booklet was published in an edition of 150 hand-bound copies. The interiors were digitally printed in full color and I hand-printed the covers with black, metallic copper, and silver inks on black paper. Printing on black paper can always be a little risky but we were all happy with the result.

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It is exciting on projects like this to show people you combine newer digital printing technologies with letterpress technology and hand sewn bindings to the benefit of the publication. And digital printing allows for creating editions in smaller edition sizes (unlike offset) and these smaller editions (usually 100-300 copies) are relatively easy to integrate special touches like letterpress printing and hand-sewn bindings which elevate the status of the publication to show readers the physical act of reading can still be a tactile, aesthetically rich experience.

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