Group Effort: A Phenomenological Bibliography
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“But see now what has happened! When I speak the image sincerely, I suddenly feel a need to underline. And what is underlining but engraving while we write?” —Gaston Bachelard
An experimental publication that was initiated as a response to Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, wherein Bachelard sought to draw a line between our relationship to Architecture through Poetry in an effort to engender an impulse in readers to seek out the experience of daydreaming the home provides. Group Effort follows Bachelard's thinking, but shifts the attention to the nooks and crannies that books provide for us to daydream.
Through a performative combination of collected writings and illustration, Group Effort seeks to create a bibliographic phenomenology in order to strike a conversation with the reader about their relationships to all things, starting specifically, with the object known as the book. Think of the book as a house, the cover a light at the window guiding us to comfort, the words contained within are the furniture, the bibliography and footnotes are the exposed support beams and electrical of the cellar, and images are the corners we daydream into. Oh, and don't forget to wipe your feet on the doormat.
Coordinated and designed by Sean Suchara
Published by TXTbooks
Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies
Softcover, 40 pages, hot pink coil binding, 5-color Risograph, 7.5 × 8 inches