The Essay Blinks

AWP 2015

Amaranth Borsuk

@amaranthborsuk

amaranthborsuk.com

Making space

A book is a sequence of spaces. 

Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment - a book is also a sequence of moments.

A book is not a case of words, nor a bag of words, nor a bearer of words.

 

—Ulises Carrión,

“The New Art of Making Books” (1975)

the experience of Reading

It might be any art: an artist’s book could be music, photography, graphics, intermedial literature. The experience of reading it, viewing it, framing it—that is what the artist stresses in making it.

 

 

—Dick Higgins, A Preface


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challenge

The best of the bookworks are multinotational. Within them, words, images, colors, marks, and silences become plastic organisms that play across the pages in variable linear sequence. Their importance lies in the formulation of a new perceptual literature whose content alters the concept of authorship and challenges the reader to a new discourse with the printed page.

 

—Joan Lyons, Artists’ Books

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Artists' Books

[An artist's book] integrates the formal means of its realization and production with its thematic or aesthetic issues. […] It has to have some conviction, some soul, some reason to be and to be a book in order to succeed.

 

 —Johanna Drucker

The Century of Artists Books (2004).

Material metaphors

Literature was never only words, never merely immaterial verbal constructions. Literary texts, like us, have bodies, an actuality necessitating that their materialities and meanings are deeply interwoven into each other.

 

—N. Katherine HaylesWriting Machines (2002)

Mediated Reading

As much acts of interpretation as material things, as much processes as objects, media are not merely storage mechanisms somehow independent of the acts of reading or recognizing signs they record.

 

 

—Craig Dworkin, No Medium (2013)

TEKS- To weave; also to fabricate, especially with an ax; also to make wicker or wattle fabric for (mud-covered) house walls. 1. TEXT, TISSUE; CONTEXT, PRETEXT, from Latin texere, to weave, fabricate. […] 4. craft (of weaving of fabricating). TECHNICAL, POLYTECHNIC, TECHNOLOGY, from Greek tekhne, art craft, skill.

 

—American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Word Roots. Ed Calvert Watkins (2000)

Handiwork

binding

A book is a community of likeminded things.

 

 

 

—Dieter Roth, qtd. Roth Time (2003)

Whispering Galleries

 

whisperinggalleries.com

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ephemerality

Wait, later this will be nothing

 

 

 

 

—Dieter Roth, Snow (1964/65)

Between Page & Screen

Sunt lacrimae rerum

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    1967<br />
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Abra

An Expanded Artist's Book

With Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher

"Expanded Artists' Books utilize the rich capabilities of the tablet platform to imagine new forms that a book might take, such as exploring how interactivity challenges the traditional closure of text or the performance of time."

A book of dust

http://www.amaranthborsuk.com/dust/

The Essay Blinks

By Amaranth Borsuk

The Essay Blinks

AWP 2015

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