Friday Night Flicks: Book of Hours

There are so many videos of artists’ books available, I thought I would just keep this theme going for another month.

Today’s flick features Book of Hours, a collaborative work by Julie Chen and Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder.

This long-distance collaboration, between California and Texas, took place during the 2020-21 pandemic. The format of Book of Hours is known as a blow book, a historical structure originally designed as a magic trick which allows the presenter to show completely different visual sequences of pages within the same book. Book of Hours contains 12 distinct sequences. The first and last sequences on each side of the book were designed by the two artists collaboratively, and the other eight sequences were designed individually by each artist. These different narratives exist concurrently within the same space and time of this book but are activated sequentially by the reader. The cone motif used throughout this book was inspired by the concept of the light cone which in general and special relativity denotes a single point in space and time.

The book was printed using letterpress, digital, and Risograph printing on Mohawk Superfine and Hahnemühle Bugra paper. The binding was completed at Flying Fish Press and Coyote Bones Press. The box was designed and fabricated by Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder. It is a limited edition of 88 copies.

 

 

If you would like to make a simpler book-related magic trick this weekend, you can find instructions for a magic wallet here, or a ‘hidden page’ book here.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Friday Night Flicks: Book of Hours

  1. Pelham Meeting (Quakers in Niagara) says:

    Thank you.

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