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Please join us at the Center for Book Arts for our new series, “Book Talk,” a member-organized monthly event where people within our community engage with a diverse group of artists, academics, and people in different areas to develop critical dialogue around books.

This month’s Book Talk will be featuring 2019 Workspace Resident, Laura Nova.

Once you have RSVP’d to the event, you will receive an email with the links to the readings. The readings are as follows:

The Art of Looking: How to Live with Presence, Break the Tyranny of Productivity, and Learn to See Our Everyday wonderland

The Art of Looking: Eleven Ways of Viewing the Multiple Realities of Our Everyday Wonderland

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

Wanderlust: Rebecca Solnit on How Walking Vitalizes the Meanderings of the Mind

Laura Nova is an artist based in New York City’s Lower East Side where she produces action oriented and site specific work that encourages both activist and active audience participation. These large-scale public productions utilize a combination of text, image, video, sound, sculpture and performance. Recent commissions have included multi-year, social engagement projects like “Silver Siren,” a cheerleading squad of senior citizens that champions healthcare, gender and age discrimination presented at the Art in Odd Places Festival; “Feed Me A Story,” (co-produced with Theresa Loong) an interactive video installation and documentary video cookbook of secret family recipes; “Moving Stories,” a senior citizen-led, storytelling-walking tour at the New Museum’s IDEA City Festival; and The Crescendo Project which used RFID technology to create an automated praise-singing machine for disabled athletes during a New York Road Runner race.

In tandem with Dances For A Variable Population, she transformed residents and dancers alike into a moving company for the River to River Festival’s “LES Citizens Parade.” Nova’s work has been presented at the Museum of the Moving Image, the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Real Art Ways and many galleries including the Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. She has received support from the Ford Foundation, MAP Fund, National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, PBS/POV and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been reviewed in New York Magazine, Hyperallergic, Vice and WNYC. Her residencies include SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island National Monument, Governors Island, Vermont Studio Center, LMCC Workspace and upcoming at the Women’s Studio Workshop and the Center for Book Arts. Nova received a B.F.A. and B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Professor of Expanded Media in the Creative Art and Technology program at Bloomfield College and the 2016 recipient of the LMCC President’s Award in Visual Art.

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