Agrippa (A Book of the Dead)

A front view of Agrippa (A book of the dead), a book shrouded in a tattered red veil

Begos Jr/Gibson/Ashbaugh, Agrippa (a book of the dead), 1992, Bodleian Libraries Rec b.38/Rec. a.25.


Agrippa (A Book of the Dead)

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  Thursday 18 May 2023, 2pm–6.30pm (BST)
Friday 19 May 2023, 2pm–5pm (BST)

  At the Weston Library and online

  Free event, booking required

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About the event 

In the summer of 1992, readers of the magazine Details could read the following book review about an upcoming artist’s book:

‘Agrippa’s temporal dislocation will likewise multiply: if Macintoshes aren’t around in thirty years, some collectors will find themselves the owners of a rare, expensive, unreadable book.’

— Gavin Edwards, ‘Cyber Lit’, Details (June 1992, p.134, Bodleian Library MS. 7981, fol. 3). 

Over 30 years after the launch of Agrippa, a self-destructive collaborative book project by the publisher Kevin Begos Jr, the writer William Gibson and the artist Dennis Ashbaugh, join us over two consecutive afternoons to explore the fate of Agrippa’s copies in library collections, the place of artists’ books in book studies, and the intersection of analogue and digital in the field of material texts.

This symposium will be held in conjunction with the annual DF McKenzie Lecture, to be delivered by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. It is presented by the Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Study of the Book and the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts.

Download the symposium programme (PDF)


Quinn DuPont, Christopher Fletcher, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Alan Liu, Russell Maret, Rollin Milroy, Gill Partington, Justine Provino, Peter Schwenger, Jason Scott-Warren.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.



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