Book Hackday - Paul Bailey

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Paul Bailey's presentation on books and the "restructure of things", to Book Hackday (www.bookhackday.com). Presentation copyright Paul Bailey.

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Book Hackday - Paul Bailey

  1. 1. Hello
  2. 2. – Objects –
  3. 3. – Responding to Forms – Physicality & the Book
  4. 4. – Posture –
  5. 5. – Storage –
  6. 6. – Protection –
  7. 7. – Form to Content –
  8. 8. – Lucy Gunning– Doris Salcedo
  9. 9. “There is something almost insulting (that is, to oursophisticated, techno-fetishistic sensibilities) in the factthat, as simple a tool of modest making, it continues tooperate as the prime vessel of communication of ideas,whether they be purely visual or linguistic in nature, in anera that prides itself on its powers of dematerialization,dissolution, and virtualization. The true mystery ofthe book’s enduring success lies in its menial modusoperandi, its crude manuality.”Dieter Roelstraete, Dot Dot Dot Magazine, Issue No. 12
  10. 10. – Situation –
  11. 11. – Situation –No object is an island.Neil Cummings, Reading Things, p.15
  12. 12. – Location –
  13. 13. – Location –To touch something is to situate yourself in relation to it.(Close your eyes, move around the room and notice howthe faculty of touch is like a static form of sight.)
  14. 14. – Location –We never look at just one thing; we are always looking atthe relation between things and ourselves. Our vision iscontinually active, continually moving, continually hold-ing things in a circle around itself, constituting what ispresent to us as we are.John Berger, ‘Ways of Seeing’, p 8-9.
  15. 15. – Use –
  16. 16. – Use –We wanted to have a party in the basement. We’d heard thatbooks are a good sound proofer. A friend of ours worked inthe Peckham library and it just so happened they were gettingrid of a load of old trashy novels and audio tapes. We wentdown with a Morrisons trolley and filled it up in exchangefor a fiver. We then bought some long thin bits of wood andnailed them to the rafters to slip the books into.
  17. 17. – Use –Luckily the books fit the spaces perfectly. Unfortunately Idon’t think they made much difference to the volume of theparty,Joe.
  18. 18. –!–www.misterpaulbailey.com

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