21st Century Renaissance - Workshop

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21st Century Renaissance

Part I: Lecture

From Parchment to Screens: Writing the Self in the Digital Age with Ted Bishop and Patrick Pennefather

Diverse cultures throughout the world have used ink for everything from love letters and poetry, to peace treaties and recording the Word of God. Have you ever wondered about the story of ink and what will happen to writing in the 21st century?  

This half-day conference brings together two key thinkers, Ted Bishop and Patrick Pennefather, in an exploration of writing, recording, and information. Ted Bishop, author of the Social Life of Ink and the world expert on ink history, explores the multiple histories of ink and its future in the digital age.  Patrick Pennefather, founding faculty member at the Centre for Digital Media, provides interruptions and innovations that change and challenge the way we curate our experiences.

9:00 am – 9:15 am



9:15 am – 10:30 am


PART 1 - Ted Bishop “The Secret Life of Ink”

10:30 am – 10:45 am



10:45 am – 10:50 am



10:50 am – 12:00 pm


Response and Plenary with Patrick and Ted

12: 00 pm – 12:30 pm


Lunch (for all)

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


PART 2 Workshop (see below)


This lecture is part of the Ismaili Centre Thematic Programmes’ ‘Curating Memories’ lecture series and is presented by the Ismaili Council for British Columbia.  The 2016 theme is 21st Century Renaissance.


Part II: Workshop - Ink in Persian and Arabic Manuscripts

Have you ever wondered what the Magna Carta, the US Constitution, and the manuscript collection of the Aga Khan Museum have in common? Find out in this hands-on workshop led by Ted Bishop. Learn about the history of gall-nut ink, make ink solutions, and practice writing with reeds.


Date:      Friday, Sept 9, 2016

Time:     12:30pm – 2:30pm

Venue:   Ismaili Centre, Burnaby Social Hall