the Art of the Lie: 2017 VABC Annual Member’s Project

This year’s Annual Member’s Project is taking form.
As the project evolves we’ll be updating this page (most recent date first).
Next meeting to discuss the project: Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 PM, at VABC.
We’ll meet at the VABC, note that the coordinating committee will be meeting 5-6:00 PM.

The post will also be used for project management and communication.
Participants should freely add their questions, suggestions, and comments to the discussion area.

2071 VABC Annual Member’s Project
Here’s the latest update on our project’s progress (updated 06/19/2017).

  • We’ve settled on the project’s title the Art of the Lie.
  • Project specifications have been further refined and should be sufficient to get you started on developing your ideas.
  • At our last meeting, some folks indicated that they would be making individual contributions.
  • Three projects have been initially identified as open to team efforts. 
    • If you’re NOT planning to make an individual contribution please join one of these “teams” (eMail Garrett 1st and 2nd choice).

Agenda items for the 6:00 PM project meeting would include:

  • Formation of group effort teams
  • Shaping of group projects
  • Show & Tell of progress (comps) for individual efforts
  • Additional project definition and specification

Please make every effort to attend this meeting as we expect that we’ll not have need to meet as a full group until later in the production cycle. (Individual teams will manage their own project schedules, meetings, elements)

Just a reminder that VABC membership is a requirement for participation…
You’ll need to visit for renewal details 

the Art of the Lie: 2017 VABC Annual Members Project

Project Specifications

  • A box with elements 5”x7” (we have sample folds and forms)
    • Elements must fold/lay flat a book is OK  if it is flat
  • Matching card, cover, and text weights
    • Grey stock if possible, otherwise white
    • Suggestion of possible use transparent of stock under consideration (TBD)
    • Cardstock to be “card like in weight”
  • INK: PMS Grey (some use on each page, minimum amount TBD)
    • PMS 431 has been suggested
    • we will not use 100% black or 100% white
      • Grey ink can ONLY be mixed with opaque or transparent white
    • Individual projects may look for their own color schemes, especially if disparate elements (like loose cards) to unify parts of project
      •  Must include element of gray ink
  • Edition size (50-60 range)

Group Projects

  • Conundra – card set of paradoxes and dubious truths
    • Kevin
    • Christine
    • Janet
  • Internet Facts, Snopes
    •  Kristin
  • False Documents & False Testimonials
    • Garrett
    • Bonnie

Potential Individual Projects

  • “Cave of Shadows” tunnel book (Bonnie)
  • Numbers Don’t Lie (Kevin)
  • False proscriptions (Richard)
  • Make Atwood Fiction Again (Richard)
  • Binary code (Lucas)
  • Confirmation bias (Lucas)
  • Illusion of Self (Kristin)
  • Erasure (Katie and Amira)
  • Benjamin Disraeli – Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics (Michael)
  • Difference between Lies and BS (Garrett)
  • Word Cloud (Garrett)
  • Yellow-Blue-Green dot dispersion (Garrett)
  • Textual Torque (Nancy)

Event Details

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (6:00-7:30 PM)
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
VABC Members


11 Comments on “the Art of the Lie: 2017 VABC Annual Member’s Project”

  1. Garrett Queen Post author

    Your thoughts, musings, and ramblings are welcome as they pertain to the VABC’s 2017 Members Project.
    To better, keep all participants “in the loop” you’re encouraged to use this forum for project related discussion.
    Please remember that this is a public moderated forum so there may be a delay in the time between your posting and its appearance on the blog

  2. Kristin

    “On the Fifth Day” by Jane Hirshfield

    On the fifth day
    the scientists who studied the rivers
    were forbidden to speak
    or to study the rivers.
    The scientists who studied the air
    were told not to speak of the air,
    and the ones who worked for the farmers
    were silenced,
    and the ones who worked for the bees.
    Someone, from deep in the Badlands,
    began posting facts.
    The facts were told not to speak
    and were taken away.
    The facts, surprised to be taken, were silent.
    Now it was only the rivers
    that spoke of the rivers,
    and only the wind that spoke of its bees,
    while the unpausing factual buds of the fruit trees
    continued to move toward their fruit.
    The silence spoke loudly of silence,
    and the rivers kept speaking,
    of rivers, of boulders and air.
    Bound to gravity, earless and tongueless,
    the untested rivers kept speaking.
    Bus drivers, shelf stockers,
    code writers, machinists, accountants,
    lab techs, cellists kept speaking.
    They spoke, the fifth day,
    of silence.

  3. Kevin McFadden

    “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the inverse is also true: A word is worth a thousand pictures. If I say “bear,” you might picture a grizzly or a black bear, a polar bear, a panda bear, a burden of weight or stress (“more than I can bear”), or even a cartoon or plush toy (like the Care Bears).

    This slippery, imprecise quality of words was a serious concern for scientists in the mid-17th century. In the midst of the Scientific Revolution, natural philosophers (as they were called at the time) were still figuring out which methodological practices could be considered reliable, and visual observation was considered the ultimate in reliability. Images were thought to show the truth of nature, or what the U.K. Royal Society historian Thomas Sprat called ‘a bare knowledge of things.’”

    1. Jennifer Wingard

      I’m conjuring up an evolution of thought, images of spirits and humours and hand drawn anatomy figures from the 1800s interacting with each other somehow, as well as abstract shapes that produce a ‘Voynich manuscript’ of modern day or even futuristic knowledge.

  4. Annie

    This discussion makes me think about Western musical notation. In the musical score: facts transcribed in image, the grammar of a future performance immaculately preserved but silent and paperbound, each actual performance more or less “faithful.” Music for the Chinese guqin (a kind of zither), on the other hand, looks like a sheet of prose. Performers rely heavily on oral tradition and fake books that use Western musical notation to approximate pitch, rhythm, and duration.

  5. Bonnie Bernstein

    Found a large old records (file) box, vintage 1950s, made by a company in Staunton in a junk antique mall — it might make an interesting model for the Art/Fact archive box. I’ll bring it to the meeting on the 10th.

  6. Richard

    Thinking about my contribution, I’ve returned to two texts: Oscar Wilde’s essay “The Decay of Lying” and the the eighth circle of Dante’s vision of hell, the circle in which he places (to name a few) falsifiers, sowers of discord, hypocrites, flatterers, and panderers.

  7. Michael

    My contribution will be a response to a phrase attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” [Full disclosure: I’ve just completed 4 semesters of graduate level statistics and I believe there is sufficient evidence to support Disraeli’s hypothesis.]

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