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Exploding the Codex: FREE Book Exhibit

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When was the last time you really thought about what form of a book to buy? Not just what title or author, but whether you wanted the paperback or the ebook.

What about the way that the form of the book you are reading influences the way you understand or receive that story?

San Francisco Center for the Book’s current exhibition, Exploding the Codex, will make you think about exactly that.

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In their words…

“The show explores the theater of the book and storytelling through structure……the ways in which a book’s size and dimensions determine our relationship to it and what it is trying to tell us.”

In other words, it’s about the role of how a story is told in the meaning of that story: pretty cool.

The exhibit features work form more than 40 book artists, so you’ll get a good selection of different ways of presenting a story. And if you’re like me, the whole concept leaves you wondering what other creative ways I could make my next book…

“Books are monuments to consciousness and begin collective conversations that evolve our culture and our perception of ourselves in the world. As the Codex explodes so does our perception of our place in the world.”

When you get a chance, head over there and take in a few dozen of the best examples of creative storytelling form. Let me know what you think in the comments!


Exploding the Codex
San Francisco Center for the Book
300 De Haro Street #334 @ 16th map
Now – August 31, 2012
10:00 am- 5:00 pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 12-4pm

Image Source: San Francisco Center for the Book

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