The idea of responding to a text by working back into it was introduced to me by Professor Graeme Sullivan of Teachers College. It's a concept that, I believe, would capture the interest of students of all ages. In this exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, various artists were asked to respond to scientific texts by transforming them into artist books. The possibilities for projects in which students respond to texts by working back into them is vast. Science books are a good place to start (as well as a good cross-department project), but responses can also be made to works of fiction, poetry, plays, etc.


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