4. Booktalk Four

Date: 29 April 2013
Venue: CSM graphics studio
Participants/Friends: Hyunho, Natalie, Yingtong

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Ashes and Broken Brickwork of a Logical Theory, by Susanne Kriemann
2010
Published by Roma Publications
ISBN 978-90-77459-44-7

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A Pocket Companion to Books from the Simpsons, by Olivier Lebrun
2012
Published by Rollo Press
ISBN 9-783905-999334

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Polyhedra Primer: A mathematical book, by Peter Pearce and Susan Pearce
1978
Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company
ISBN 0-442-26496-8


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Ashes and Broken Brickwork of a Logical Theory
An interesting more conceptual book about an exhibition. There are several different narratives within the book. One is the actual artwork and the other is a phrase on each page. Each page has, a photograph of the artwork featured in the exhibition, the title of the artwork and a sentence on the top right. If you read this top right line continuously throughout the book, it forms a story. We found it really nice how all the lines combine to form a story, yet individually they relate also the artwork they are placed with on the page. When you first read the book you do not quite notice this, it is quite hard to understand at first, but when you discover this detail it adds another level to the reading experience. This is a very lovely book and most of the artwork seems to be based around the theme of archeology.

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A Pocket Companion to Books from the Simpsons
A simple book, but really entertaining. Screenshots of all the moments a book features in a Simpsons episode. These screenshots are then organised by alphabetical order of the title on the book in the picture. It is really nice to see the detail they go through when drawing these episodes, even as detailed as book titles. We also found it interesting how all the information, including the book title, barcode and prices are all on the cover. The back of the book is a Simpsons yellow, and so are all the pages of the book.

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Polyhedra Primer: A mathematical book
A lovely book on geometric models, with a simple design and a lot of space which is needed when showing structures that look so complicated, yet also so mathematically simple and beautiful. As said in the book ‘we hope that … the reader will enjoy our little book and perhaps will be struck, as we have been, by the extraordinary spacial diversity that emanates from the sublime order and elegant simplicity that is exemplified by the subject of polyhedra.’ We found it great that such a book does not only have to be appreciated by mathematicians, but also by designers. We also learned some great new words: an icosidodecahedron (has 32 faces) and a pentakaidecahedron (has 15 faces).

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3. Booktalk Three

Date: 22 April 2013
Venue: CSM graphics studio
Participants/Friends: Hyunho, Natalie, Yingtong, Alissa

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Quiet Revolution: Hayward Touring Curatorial Open
2009
Published by Hayward Publishing
ISBN 978-1-85332-279-2
In Black & White, by Tom Benson
2010
Co-published by Offset Editions and Bedford Press
ISBN 978-1-907414-06-0

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100 Chairs in 100 Days and its 100 Ways, by Martino Gamper
3rd pocket edition, 2012
Published by Dent-De-Leone
Printed by Die Keure
ISBN 978-1-907908-09-5
Indian Sandwich No. 5 – Workshop of the World
1995
Published by Tony Hayward
ISBN 0 9524189 5 9

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La Roue Voilee, by David Widart
Things objects and fragments, by Nigel Peake

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Quiet Revolution: Hayward Touring Curatorial Open

We particularly liked the poster insert to the catalogue, because it would work well as a booklet when folded and also as a poster if one wishes to see more detailed photographs of the work. The exhibition is about ordinary objects made into art works, which is also evident from the cover – because of the exposed content.
In Black & White
The second book, also an exhibition catalogue.  The paper is very thin and fragile, we really liked how the book itself has the atmosphere of the work is it showing. The artworks from exhibition are also printed in black and white: the whole theme of the book and also the artworks is black and white. The show-through from each page makes the book still feel like an exhibition as it connects all the artworks together: no matter what page you are on, you are always aware of other artworks.

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100 Chairs in 100 Days and its 100 Ways
Every edition gets smaller and smaller. The artist collected and dismantled chairs in London across two years and put them back together in a different manner stylistically and structurally. ‘I also hope my chairs illustrate – and celebrate the geographical, historical and human resonance of design, what can they tell us about their place of origin or their precious sociological context and even their precious owners? For me the stories behind the chairs are as important as their style or even their function.’
Indian Sandwich No. 5 – Workshop of the World
A small booklet also related to chairs. A small nicely written paragraph about a comparison between western chairs which are usually elevated to show higher status (thrones) and Japanese ones where elevation and grace is apparently achieved by sitting on the floor.

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La Roue Voilee

A book containing a series of narratives about different characters, and a series of photographs. The paragraphs are written in french and really nicely and poetically written. The book includes several paragraphs which are designed across a spread, so the book needs to be read fully open with the pages flat out. The book is bound only by an elastic band and does not seem to have any order to it. We liked the way the book had to be taken apart to read, and could be read in any way – from back to front, from the middle, or only looking at the pictures – and then in the end could be reassembled in any chosen order. Favourite sentence in the book: ‘Martine pleure quand les oiseaux tombent de leur nid, quand les grenouilles se retrouvent perdues dans son jardin et quand elle regarde des documentaires sur l’extinction de l’espece des gorilles. Il faudrait arracher le coeur de Martine pour l’etudier. Ca sauverait notre civilisation je crois.’
Things objects and fragments
A small booklet with his illustrations and super neat handwriting about collections, lists and the relation these things and objects have to each other.

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2. Booktalk Two

Date: 15 April 2013
Venue: CSM canteen
Participants/Friends: Hyunho, Natalie, Yingtong

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Studio Visit, by Jonathan Monk
2009
Published by JRP | RINGIER / Christoph Keller Editions
ISBN 978-3-03764-065-4
Books on Books, by Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié
2011
Published by &: Christophe Daviet-Thery, Paris
ISBN 978-2-9539347-0-0

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Umool Umool vol.10, by Na Kim
Published by Na Kim
Printed by Extrapool, Nijmegen
Binding by Handboekbinderij Geertsen, Nijmegen
ISBN 978-90-802700-6-0
Blank Book Makers, by Izet Sheshivari
First Edition, 2012
Published by Boabooks
ISBN  978-2-940409-56-3

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Quarterly Graphic Magazine Issue 19: What a Beautiful book is
August 2011
At the Water’s Edge, by Ansel Adams

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n: Unopened Books (books bought recently and never opened)
Quarterly Graphic Magazine Issue 19: What a Beautiful book is
The magazine looks at the ‘most beautiful books’ from focusing on France, Holland, Swizterland, Sweden, Korean, the Fernand Baudin Prize and a small section on ‘books from all over the world’. It includes interviews from the judges, although we found it a bit weird that each judge from each country was asked the exact same questions. First section interviews, second part is photographs of the books and their covers and last section are comments on the chosen books. A lot of information, and tons of lovely books, really nice issue! Really enjoyed the Korean section, as I haven’t seen many (any) Korean books, I want to see more! lets have a Korean themed booktalk? Or we could go to Seoul, soul of Asia, and have booktalk with Kimchi (instead of cream tea).
At the Water’s Edge
Exhibition catalog from the Ansel Adam’s photography exhibition at the London Maritime Museum. Besides the photographs a lot of added information on his life, photography and thoughts that could not be all written in the exhibition. Also included is some poetry he has said in discussions to other people, which typographically has been laid out looking a bit like waterfall and falling drops. Themed around water, the photographs included are of water in all its forms, rivers, snow, ice, clouds… The catalog has a nice space to it, mostly one photograph per page & blank pages.

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