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.
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.
"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.
"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/).
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.
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.
John Eric Broaddus was one of the most inventive and creative artists to approach the book form. He was a prominent figure in the New York City art scene in the 1970s and 1980s as a costume designer and performer but also, perhaps most importantly, as an artist creating books. Most of them were one-of-a-kind books made in an era long before the book form had even a suggestion of acceptance within the art world. Today we call this rich genre artists’ books, but when Broaddus was working in the form, he was forging new territory.
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".
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.
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.
"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."
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
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.
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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