New PBS series goes “Off Book”

PBS is launching a new web series devoted to exploring experimental and non-traditional art forms.

Called “Off Book,” the 13-part, bi-weekly series debuts Wednesday on PBSArts.org. The first episode focuses on a new generation of photographers who are pushing digital imagery to its limits.

The second episode, set to premiere on August 3, looks at the world of typography, interviewing graphic designers and font creators.

Future episodes will look at steampunk art, video games, fashion, aerial dance, and more.

A release from PBS describes the inspiration for the show’s title this way:

Just as actors reach a point at which they’re confident enough to go ‘off-book’ and leave their scripts behind, the visual and performing artists featured in this series are taking the next steps with their talents and training, forging new artistic paths. “Off Book” will offer interactive experiences for each of its 13 online episodes, encouraging further viewer participation and providing additional artistic inspiration.

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