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Bookmarking a Book Burning

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They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel bad about burning my Britannicas?
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A thoughtful piece on the need for an important cultural artifact to evolve -- not just in its codex form but in its very essence -- the Encyclopedia.

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Barbara Ford's comment, March 9, 2013 8:11 AM
I watched this video and realized just how sad it will be when and if all publishers cease print and all physical books become artifacts (a la Star Trek). Which is worse? Burning books because they are now available in an electronic format? Or not having any physical books to burn, unless you steal them from a museum or collector?
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Bookmarking Book Art -  The Floating Library ... "you have to paddle to get there"

Bookmarking Book Art -  The Floating Library ... "you have to paddle to get there" | Books On Books | Scoop.it
All photos courtesy of The Floating Library.
Minnesota takes a lot of pride in both its lakes and its literacy. We famously house more than 10,000 of the former and consistently rank among the national leaders in the latter.
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Sarah Peters curates (pools?) book art from Caitlin Warner, Martine Workman, Ady Olson, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund and Areca Roe.  Floating librarians on the custom-made raft designed by architect Molly Reichert deal with the patrons arriving by canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats,and even inner tubes to browse or check out some of the works.
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Bookmark - Notes on bookness¹ and bookishness²

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Notes on bookness¹ and bookishness² Visual research w/ Francesca Battiato http://notesonbookness.tumblr.com “With many such gallery objects, the term altered book is useful enough, often designating an appropriated and reconceived shape—as with...
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A scrolling eye-candy celebration of the book - with annotations.
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Bookmark - Listen up!

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In 2015 the British Library Sound Archive began working in collaboration with Academic Book of the Future to ascertain the current landscape of research utilising audio and audio-visual content. Forty-two researchers responded to our audio-visual academic book survey (you can see that initial call out here.) From the respondent
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A variation on the theme of the digital future and evolution of the book - and its preservation.

And don't forget the National Jukebox (http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/) or the Packard Campus devoted to conservation (https://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/).  

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Bookmarking Book Art - Liu Wei

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Liu Wei “Density 1-6” 2013 books, steel, wood. Great exhibition @WhiteRabbitSyd https://t.co/F7IkHoT1QO
"Liu Wei creates an idiosyncratic system in which all materials - scrap metal, window frames and even the pages of books - are broken down into pure matter and re-ordered according to an unfamiliar set of governances and rules. The title for the exhibition, ‘Density’, evokes the spatial crowdedness of recent urban growth. It also suggests a metaphorical state of pressure and impenetrability, in which art poses questions and prompts new ways of thinking, rather than proclaiming ultimate truths." Description from Mason's Yard exhibition.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Hack the Book Festival 

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"Exploring the book as an evolving, visual and open medium: designers, artists, publishers, programmers, authors, poets, hackers and entrepreneurs were invited to a marathon on creative programming, design and entrepreneurial innovation which will redefine the book."
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Open & Hybrid Publishing, which drives Hack the Book, is supported by the Onassis Cultural Center as well as the Europeana Space Project (http://www.europeana-space.eu/).
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Bookmarking Book Art - Henri Matisse 

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This collection of 30 books illustrated by Henri Matisse reveals the intense effort that went into creating art that looked spontaneous and effortless.
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NYT review of the collection at the Morgan Library
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Bookmarking Book Art - Louisa Boyd

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This exhibition at jaggedart goes one step further by taking the idea of an artist’s book and making the book a piece of art in its own right....
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Bookmarking Book Art - Barbara Wildenboer

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Barbara Wildernboar, South African photographer and sculptor
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Bookmarking Book Art - Werner Pfeiffer

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"We are fortunate to have artist Werner Pfeiffer’s exhibit, Are Books Obsolete?  as the spring 2016 Special Collections/University Archives exhibit in Bertrand Library."
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Bookmarking Book Art - Edward Ruscha's Dutch cityscape

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Dutch Details features the architecture, canals and parks of Groningen, Netherlands.

Dutch Details, published in 1971 for the Sonsbeek exhibition “Sonsbeek Out of Bounds,” is a photo series that captures the austere nature of a Dutch cityscape. This oblong book with foldout pages contains a beautiful series of photographs that transplants the viewer directly into Dutch city life.

Three thousand copies of Dutch Details were printed, of which approximately 200 are said to have survived after most were mistakenly destroyed while being stored in a warehouse. Considered rare, the copy of Dutch Details in the auction is valued at $6,000-$8,000.

Each photo in Dutch Details is in square-format, not unlike today’s modern Instagram photos. The cozy urban aesthetic achieved in the photo series is inspirational for current photographers, but Ruscha is not one to take note of how influential or innovative his work is. In fact, what makes Ruscha’s photos so remarkable is just how effortless they appear, despite the large amount of time and creativity invested in them.
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Bookmarking Book art - Helen Hiebert

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EXHIBITION:

The Secret Life of Paper: 25 Years of Works in Paper by Helen Hiebert

April 9 – 29, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Opening Friday, April 8, 6:00 – 9:00 


Hiebert creates installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books, and other works using handmade paper as her primary medium. This retrospective exhibition will be accompanied by a new full-color catalog of her extensive body of work.

Helen Hiebert is the author of five books including The Papermaker’s Companion, Playing with Pop-Ups, and Playing with Paper. She has taught all over the world at venues such as the PapierWespe in Austria, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Dieu Donné Papermill in New York, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Hiebert has served on the boards of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and Hand Papermaking Magazine. You can find her work at helenhiebertstudio.com.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Wafaa Bilal

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Artist Wafaa Bilal constructed an art installation of blank books in which he hopes to replace with real ones and then use them to re-stock Baghdad libraries.
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Al-Mutanabbi Street "really" starts here. And here ... http://www.amsshdc2016.org/
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Bookmarking Book Art - At the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA

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The Everhart Museum in Scranton's Nay Aug Park has launched a new exhibit.
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An intensely rich exhibit of leading book artists.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Reinventing the Book | Case Study: Irma Boom 

Reinventing the Book | Case Study: Irma Boom - Art Stories - Medium
If electronic media is a practical tool for conveying information, books are information sculpture. From now on, books will be judged by…
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A great companion piece to Irma Boom's Ted Talk: Manifesto for the Book (https://youtu.be/RVstIKKiYqo).
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Bookmark - HYPNOCAROMACHIA _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9

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reddit: the front page of the internet
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Last year was the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius, publisher of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Pa). The Reddit author _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 has started the second half millennium with an untitled online work as erudite, vulgar and bewildering as "Poliphilo's Dream of Strife with Love". If it is a tribute, the cyberauthor's recurrent theme of "flesh interfaces" is what prompts my suggested title "Dream of Strife with Flesh". 

Like the author's identity of Manutius's publication, the identity of _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 is a mystery. The story has rated coverage in The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/05/9mother9horse9eyes9-the-mysterious-tale-terrifying-reddit) and previously online at Motherboard (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/9mother9horse9eyes9-is-reddits-new-terrifying-mystery).  

Unlike the profusely and beautifully illustrated book of 1499, HYPNOCAROMACHIA is pure text but in lieu arrives in gobbets of seemingly non-sequitur responses to other postings on Reddit. It would have been as if the weekly serializations of Dickens' Hard Times in "Household Words" (1854) had been inserted at the end of articles in "The Age".  

Will Reddit be around in Melbourne162 years from now? If so, we may be reading it (or interfacing with it) from our "hygiene beds" according to _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9.


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Bookmarking Book Art - Betty Bright

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As an independent scholar and curator, Betty Bright explores the artists book and its larger interdisciplinary terrain, where art and literature engage with concept, format and material.
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Celebrating thirty years of curating, writing and highlighting book art.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Andrew Hayes

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"When Sculpture Meets Literature: Passages by Andrew Hayes"
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See interview with Andrew Hayes here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-St.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Anselm Kiefer

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUQuhoqTKtg&index=1&list=PLM4S2hGZDSE6zUBF1Qu9qe9tBIdyD5mSb First broadcast: Nov 2014. There is no-one quite like Ansel
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The five interviews with Kiefer by Alan Yentob, posted by "Art Documentaries" on YouTube.

See also http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Lu for a comparison of the book art of Werner Pfeiffer and Anselm Kiefer.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Luz Marina Ruiz 

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“Suspended in Time”, a Manna Gallery exhibition of innovative concepts by Luz Marina Ruiz. http://luzmarinaruiz.com/
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Colombian artist whose work might remind you of "In Mexico" by Helen Douglas.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Noriko Ambe

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From hundreds of layers of stacked paper Noriko Ambe creates these beautifully melodic topographic landscapes.
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Bookmarking Book Art - John Frederick Walker 

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This exhibition includes a selection of one-of-a-kind mixed-media works, all of which derive from altered books, or book fragments, transformed into meditations on lost, missing, or destroyed information.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Buzz Spector, Podcast "The Book Under (De-) Construction" now available

Bookmarking Book Art - Buzz Spector, Podcast "The Book Under (De-) Construction" now available | Books On Books | Scoop.it

"Buzz Spector is an internationally-known artist whose work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. His work with altered found books dates back to 1981, and his collages incorporating dust jacket elements date from 1987."

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An hour-long talk by Spector http://www.bookbindingnow.com/.

At 6 minutes in, there is a wonderful riff on the book as elemental cultural artifact, being able to stand for each of the four elements. Here are links to the images to which Spector refers - so much more enjoyable to see as well as hear! http://wp.me/p2AYQg-Wv

Fire - "Smoke and Soot on Wood" Claudio Parmiggiani http://bortolamigallery.com/artist/claudio-parmiggiani/works/

Earth - "Book from the Sky" Xu Bing

Air - "Twister" Doug Beube

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Bookmarking Book Art - Guy Laramée (new work)

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Guy Laramée carves the pages of books into sculptural mountains with snow capped peaks and deep valleys. 
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Books On Books has bookmarked Guy Laramée previously here (http://wp.me/p2AYQg-4y). His work is also currently featured in the exhibition at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA, mentioned on 6 March 2016 here in http://www.scoop.it/t/books-on-books. ;

The Visual News review highlights the artist's message that the theme of his art is the "erosion of cultures" and an inevitable dissolution into the "cloud of unknowing". The more I see and enjoy Laramée's work, the more transcendent I find it. It echoes the Romantic sublime and offers a Zen-like fusion of joy and sorrow.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Lyall Harris

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Join us for a Virginia Festival of the Book event on Sunday, March 20 at Noon as book artist Lyall Harris (A Year in Books; 52 Weeks, 52 Books) shares examples
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Bookmarking Book Art - UC Santa Barbara, "Modes of Codex" exhibition

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The evolution of the book as a means of communication, as well as the history of book production, are reflected in a new exhibition at the UC Santa Barbara Library. “Modes of Codex: The Art of the Book from Medieval Fragments to Movable Type and Fine Press Printing” tells the tale of the written word, highlighting Mesopotamian tablets, the print revolution and the fine press printers ushering artistry back into bookmaking.
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