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23 JANUARY 2013

Tree of Codes: re-inscription as a generative compositional technique

Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Tree of Codes' (2010) "is actually a kind of interactive paper–sculpture: Foer and his collaborators at Die Keure in Belgium took the pages of another book, Bruno Schulz's The Street of Crocodiles, and literally carved a brand new story out of them using a die–cut technique.

According to Foer's publisher Visual Editions, Tree of Codes was turned down by every printer they approached: 'Their stock line [was], 'the book you want to make just cannot be made'.'…

The luscious results, designed by Sara de Bondt, will fly in the face of anyone who says that physical books are passé. Tree of Codes is tactile, interactive, immersive––and it won't ever run out of batteries."

(John Pavlus, Co.Design)



2010absenceBelgiumbookbook autopsybook sculpture • Bruno Schulz • carvingcut-up techniquedeface • Die Keure • die-cut • end of printerasuregenerative compositional techniqueheterotopia • Jonathan Safran Foer • new story • no batteries requiredpaper • paper stock • papercraftparallel text • physical book • re-editre-inscriptionreinscribe • Sara de Bondt • slicedtactile experiencetactile interactive • The Street of Crocodiles • Tree of Codes (book) • unmakeable • Visual Editions (publisher)


Simon Perkins
27 DECEMBER 2010

Brian Dettmer: book autopsies

"In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose a book's hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book's internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception."

(Brian Dettmer)



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Simon Perkins

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