The exhibition is running until the end of October…

The idea that technology will begin to replace the book, rather than enhance it, dominates current thinking about the future of literature in the digital age. Brass Book is a new commission that seeks to reverse this way of thinking. An exhibition presenting some of the research, concepts and prototypes that comprise the story of Brass Book to date is now located in the main reception of the Town Hall, the festival’s hub throughout October 2011.

DCA (Durham City Arts), in collaboration with Durham Book Festival and Brass: Durham International Festival, is now looking for three different groups from communities across County Durham to take part in the project. A chance to work with the artist and writer Stevie Ronnie to produce traditionally crafted books that have been embedded with cutting edge technologies. Each Brass Book will house your stories, histories and unique experiences of living in Durham in whatever format is best suited to display them.

In collaboration with the Sage Gateshead, these books will then provide the inspiration for a newly commissioned song, which will be performed live at the Brass: Durham International Festival 2012.

Enjoy a glass of wine and a chance to meet the artist to learn more about the project or find out how your community can get involved. If you are unable make it, but would still like to know more, please contact DCA (Durham City Arts) by email at: suzy.ohara@durhamcityarts.org.uk or alternatively via telephone on 0191 375 0763.

Brass Book is being managed and produced by DCA (Durham City Arts)in association with Culture Lab as part of Durham Book Festival 2011 and Brass: Durham International Festival 2012.

Stevie Ronnie

is a writer, artist and creative researcher with a background in computing technologies. His multidisciplinary work explores postdigital ideas at the intersection of literature, technology and media art. www.stevieronnie.com

DCA (Durham City Arts)
promotes, enables and encourages access to excellence in the arts and facilitates transformational arts based experiences via projects and commissions, utilising digital technologies. www.durhamcityarts.org

Culture Lab
is a world-class creative media lab at Newcastle University. It is a centre for cutting edge creative exploration where artists work alongside engineers to investigate the profound effects of a digital society. www.ncl.ac.uk/culturelab