Codex is the title of an exhibition-manifesto conceived by Pierre Leguillon during a residency in San Francisco. As an artist and book collector, Leguillon found himself within the stacks of the Prelinger Archive, a local independent research library that houses 19th and 20th century historical ephemera, periodicals, maps, and books.
Founded by Rick and Megan Prelinger in 2004, the unique organization of this “appropriation friendly” library conceives of its holdings as a “landscape of ideas,” classifying subjects both spatially and conceptually.
This project evolved from a collective inquiry which, given the fanatical desire to digitalize every book, was based on the premise the library has now been “flattened.” The codex (book or block of wood in Latin), which first appeared during the Roman Empire between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, was the earliest form of a bound book.
Replacing the scroll, it permitted linear reading and made it possible to hierarchize the content of a text through direct access to the desired page. Why, in an era of digital databases, online libraries, and the development of new digital media, bring the codex back into two dimensions, into screen format? And why continue to imitate the space of the traditional book by retaining page numbers, by simulating turning pages, etc.?
The irreversible act that consists in taking books into the picture plane is found throughout the entire history of Western art and seems a recurring motif in the most recent contemporary art.
The exhibition Codex is designed as a living organism and offers a series of events in connection with the selected works, composed of screenings, lectures, and exchanges that will also make it possible to “perform” the book, to see it manipulated and, interpreted, either live or at the cinema, through words and gestures. […]” - wattis.org
John Baldessari, Two Voided Books, 1990. Collection of of Ninah and Michael Lynne.
• 23 January 2014
Irma Boom: L’architecture du livre
"Irma Boom: L’architecture du livre est la première rétrospective en France de la célèbre graphiste Irma Boom, née en 1960." – L’Institut Néerlandais
• 4 October 2013
Why Printed Books Will Never Die by Josh Catone
"But there’s something about print that I can’t give up. There’s something about holding a book in your hand and the visceral act of physically turning a page that, for me at least, can’t be matched with pixels on a screen." Josh Catone
We can understand from this excerpt that the article is written from a personal point of view, but the author tries to balance this with different references and data from the market.
• 4 July 2013
via Printed Matter
“Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter, Inc. assembles a visually dense vitrine- and wall-based presentation featuring a broad range of material produced by the organization since its founding in 1976. Borrowing its name from a text by Lawrence Weiner, ‘Learn to Read Art’ has been used variously by Printed Matter starting in the early 90’s, including for past exhibitions curated by former Director AA Bronson. The exhibition puts on view material from the Printed Matter Archive that was damaged during basement flooding following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.”
• 14 June 2013
The Future of Books
"2020: All Books Will Be Cross-Platform and Interactive.
2030: All Books Will Be Crowdsourced and Cloud-Based.
2040: Authors Will Become Like Tamagotchi.
2050: Analog Reading Will Be Digitally Simulated.
2060: Physical Books Will Make a Comeback in Annoying Contexts.
2070: We Will All Become Cyborgs.
2080: A Golden Age of Informational Fluidity.”
- James Warner
• 17 April 2013
“But a Book is only the Heart’s Portrait - every Page a Pulse.”
— Emily Dickinson, The Letters of Emily Dickinson (via mythologyofblue)
• 18 January 2013
1. The e-book is probably one of the biggest inventions in the history of books.
2. Probably the e-book is not a book.
"For now, we use the word ‘book’ broadly, even metaphorically, to talk about what has come before - and what might come next."
The Institute for the Future of the Book
• 21 December 2012
Videostill from “The Apse, the Bell and the Antelope”
• 15 May 2012
Konst & Teknik: Publishing as (part-time) Practice
Iaspis together with graphic designers and small-scale publishers Matilda Plöjel (Sailor Press) and Mattias Jakobsson & Peter Ström (Konst & Teknik / Andperseand) would like to invite you to a seminar on independent publishing:
Over the last few years, a wide range of new…
• 8 May 2012