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The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book


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The Multiple Lives of a Blank Book is a cross-cultural tale of bookness, blankness and multiplicity, bringing the cinematic genre of documentary fiction to the printed page.

Fifty contributors were provided with a blank book to use as a symbol, tool or prop for conducting and documenting experimental enactments. The resulting story—a sequence of deeds, episodes, tableaus and vignettes—seeks to reveal as much about the zeitgeist as it does about the book.

Over 200 photographs are presented alongside texts including an essay on blank books encompassing histories of book arts, conceptual art and cinema by Federico Antonini; notes on the role of documentation in contemporary publishing by Darius Ou Dahao; reflections on the Philippine's counterfeit textbook market by Clara Lobregat Balaguer; tips for hiding valuables in books by Per Törnberg; a manifesto for elevating graphic design by Masaki Miwa; and a new poem by John Freeman.

Contributors: Luigi Amato, Federico Antonini, Joana Chicau, Hyunho Choi, Cecilia Denti, Matheus de Paula, Neil Donnelly, Rafaela Drazic, Spassky Fischer, John Freeman, Simon Goode and Ira Yonemura, Luana Graciano, Kristian Henson, Thomas Hervé, David Horvitz, Helge Hjorth Bentsen, Eric Hu, Hirofumi Isoya, River Jukes-Hudson, Tomoko Kawai, Ayse Koklu, Sean Kuhnke, Marie Lécrivain, Jen Lee, Clara Lobregat Balaguer, Corbin Mahieu, Claude Marzotto, Esa Matinvesi, Rita Matos, Kevin McCaughey, Niko Mihaljevic, Masaki Miwa, Jangs Müller, Jan Novák, Jozef Ondrik, Darius Ou Dahao, Pimeriko, Kasper Pyndt, GaEun Ryu, Ryo Shimizu, Soji Shimizu, Ying Tong Tan, Per Törnberg, Joseph Townshend, Risa Tsunegi, Ghazaal Vojdani, Seiko Watanabe, Lena Wurz, Makoto Yamada, Nobuo Yoda

Published by Booksfromthefuture
First edition, 2015

292 pages, 4.25 × 6.88 inches

ISBN 978-0-9573509-3-9