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YYZBOOKS: Book Launch
September 14, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
YYZBOOKS | H& IT ON
Edited by Adam Lauder and featuring IAIN BAXTER&
Published by YYZBOOKS
YYZBOOKS new title probes the turbulent social environments generated byÂ information technologies. In a suite of all-new photo- and language-based works, medicine Â conceptual artist IAIN BAXTER& (a.k.a. Iain Baxter) stages a satirical theatre of far-from-equilibrium behaviours and trends characteristic of a chronically web-surfing culture. The artistâ€™s intervention loosely adapts the irreverent format of Marshall McLuhanâ€™s 1967 collaboration with graphic designer Quentin Fiore, The Medium is theÂ Massageâ€”a constant inspiration to â€œthe&Man,â€ as BAXTER& has recently re brandedÂ himselfâ€”to explore the effects of social media on the contemporary informationÂ landscape. But make no mistake, there is nothing nostalgic about BAXTER&â€™s nod toÂ the â€œMcCoolman,â€ as he calls him. As in all his work since 1968, BAXTER&â€™s approachÂ to information is always hands on. H& IT ON follows BAXTER& as he plays with andÂ repurposes artifacts and affects circulating within the trade routes of the InformationÂ Society to create an unruly collage of observation and ideas.
IAIN BAXTER&Â is Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor, Canada. BAXTER& (or, â€œthe&MANâ€), has been described as the â€œthe visual Marshall McLuhan of our times.â€ He is a member of the Order of Canada, as well as of the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Ontario. He received the Governor Generalâ€™s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004. In awarding him the Molson Prize in 2005, the jury stated that, â€œIAIN BAXTER& is widely influential as an artist and teacher. His art has made us question, laugh, re-examine and think. He is one of societyâ€™s greatest innovators.â€ His pioneering information artâ€” including experiments with Telex and telecopierâ€”establishes BAXTER& as the first Canadian conceptual artist. Moreover, his innovative photographic practice positions him as a founder of the Vancouver School of photoconceptualism. BAXTER& created and founded the conceptual art project and enterprise N.E. Thing Co. Ltd. in 1966. NETCO was legally incorporated in January 1969, and coadministered with Ingrid Baxter until 1978. BAXTER& has worked for the Polaroid Corporation, and as a creative consultant for Sidney Oland, President of Labattâ€™s Breweries. His most recent work draws on a life-long exploration of the creative fusion of ecology and the contemporary information landscape. BAXTER& has lived in Windsor, Ontario, Canada since 1988 with his wife/collaborator of thirtyÂ years Louise Chance Baxter& and their cat Molson.
Adam LauderÂ is W.P. Scott Chair for Research in e-Librarianship at York University, Toronto, Canada, where he is developing an online catalogue raisonnÃ© of the work of IAIN BAXTER&, theIAINBAXTER&raisonnE. He is also the author of a chapter on BAXTER& and the N.E. Thing Co. in the YYZBOOKS title,Â Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices, as well as a contributor toÂ Border Crossings,Â C, andÂ Hunter and CookÂ magazines. Lauder is the author of articles on BAXTER& appearing in the journalsÂ Technoetic Arts,Â The Journal of Canadian Art History,Â RampikeandÂ Art Documentation. Lauder has also written a chapter on Bertram Brooker that appears inÂ The Logic of Nature, The Romance ofÂ Space: Elements of Canadian Modernist Painting.