Book Launch: Akiko Busch - "How To Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency"

Event date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Vivid, surprising, and utterly timely, Akiko Busch's HOW TO DISAPPEAR explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art, and science, in search of a more joyful and peaceful way of living in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world.

In our increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting and yet fanciful. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and self-promote. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but vast and pervasive technology companies, which want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life--for invisibility.

Akiko Busch is the author of several essay collections, including Nine Ways to Cross a River, a series of linked essays about swimming across American rivers and The Incidental Steward, published by Yale University Press in 2013 and awarded an Honorable Mention in the Natural History Literature category of 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her work has appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science Cover Image
By Akiko Busch, Debby Cotter Kaspari (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780300205671
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Published: Yale University Press - April 29th, 2014

Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596910454
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 10th, 2007

The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday Cover Image
By George Skelcher (Artist), Diana Murphy (Editor), Akiko Busch (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9781933045061
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Metropolis Books - July 15th, 2005

Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568984292
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - July 2003