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)
[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.
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)
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.
“The New Art of Making Books” (1975)
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)
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.
"A Preface" (1985)
Wait, later this will be nothing
—Dieter Roth, Snow (1964/65)
Between Page & Screen
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
A book is a community of likeminded things.
—Dieter Roth, qtd. Roth Time (2003)
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."
Abra: A living text
A book of dust
Based on Nick Montfort's reimplementation
of Alison Knowles and James Tenney's House of Dust,
a 1967 generative poem in Fortran
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<title>A Book of Dust</title> </head> <body onload="produce_litany();"> <div id="info"> <h3>homage to Alison Knowles<br /> and James Tenney's<br /> A House of Dust</h3> 1967<br /> Seimens System 4004<br /> FORTRAN IV<br /> <br /> Reimplemented by<br /> <a href="http://nickm.com" target="_blank">Nick Montfort</a><br /> Adapted by <a href="http://amaranthborsuk.com" target="_blank">Amaranth Borsuk</a><br /> </div> <div id="main"></div> </body> </html>
A collaboration with Carrie Bodle
Recipient, Jury Prize
Giant Steps Artist Residency on the Moon
Wave / Moon
By Amaranth Borsuk
CU Boulder, 2016