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Index card 009 - Books about books
The New Art of Making Books by Ulises Carrión

What is a book? Most people may think of the rectangular-shaped objects made from pages we usually hold in our hands to read. But the answer gets more complex looking back to the past when books appeared on scrolls, songs, or even people.

Mexican artist Ulises Carrión started his career as a story writer. After publishing his second book, he abandoned his writing career and left Mexico. During his Europe years, he opened Other Books and So, the first library/archive of artist books. As a conceptual artist, Carrion explored books' with a new perspective that widened the possibilities and pushed the limits of books themselves. Ironically he wrote a traditional book to share this vision with his audience.

The New Art of Making Books has become a cult book for artists around the globe and influenced tons of emerging artists into exploring book borders. Carrion's The New Art of Making Books greatly influenced me and is one of the main reasons Errant Press exists today.

The document I'm sharing is an open edition, meaning anyone can copy it, create their edition and share it freely. If you are an educator, teacher, or work with artists, please share this book if you haven't already.

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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