Books in many hands
University of Washington, Bothell
It Goes Without Saying. Amaranth Borsuk and Julie Wills (2017).
Wave Signs. Carrie Bodle and Amaranth Borsuk (2016).
Siglio Press 2012, SpringGun Press 2016
With Brad Bouse
Abra: A Living Text
With Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher
A book of dust
Based on Nick Montfort's reimplementation
of Alison Knowles and James Tenney's House of Dust,
A House of Dust
a house of (material)
using (light source)
inhabited by (inhabitants)
ALISON KNOWLES & JAMES TENNEY
(COLOGNE: GBR KONIG VERLAG, 1968)
Image via KCRW.com
Sumer, 3300 BCE Mesopotamia, 2041 BCE Egypt, 1900 BCE China, 1600 BCE
Peru, 2500 BCE / 1500 CE India & Sri Lanka, 200 BCE Greece, 800 BCE Rome, 55 CE
China, 700 CE China, 800 CE China, 1200 CE China, 1300 CE
a portable information storage and retrieval device.
A material form for dissemination of text.
Image by Megan N. Liberty for Hyperallergic
I think a book is where we explore the magical space between eyes and a bent arm.
A book is where the far away meets the near at hand—the tea cooling on the table—the hard seat of the chair—the horn sounding outside the window
The book is a time travel device—allowing us to slip into the imagination of a future mind.
The book is a dislocation device.
A book is a magic portal.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
a slow rue. a mess of beans, of categories, of spilt personalities & pretty ribbon.
an equation. a village of fractals. a before feathers there was finger painting.
a mongol court. lebanon. syria. palestine. christianity’s ego trip.
what venice bit. the first sheet. the 18th paper cut. the holy letterpress sinking into the ocean.
the first binary ascending from the foam. the ephemeral joy of mildew.
a heat rash on plump thighs. the last ream. mecca. alpha. omega. a resurrection.
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 Hayles
Writing Machines (2002)
Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu (ca. 1470, coll. BNF), 2007 facsimile, image via UC Libraries.
Alison Knowles, The Big Book (1967).
[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.
The Century of Artists’ Books (2004)
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 they record.
No Medium (2013)
Tender Claws, Pry (2014).
Books in Many Hands
By Amaranth Borsuk