The Art of the Book

“To make a book is to actualize its ideal space-time sequence by means of the creation of a parallel
sequence of signs, be it linguistic or other.” (Carrion)

Two lines before this quote, the author also mentions how in books, the old art is just written text, but the new art is making books. These section of the reading really solidified what we have been learning since the beginning of this course, and how a book is more than just words on a page. It can be much more than that, and for this upcoming project, I’m excited to make it feel more like flow of information, or more like a symphony of words. That sounds melodramatic, but I think I’d be more interested in books nowadays if they had a greater arc and flow of a story than just chapter after chapter. In the project, you can use multimedia to help convey your topic, and myself and the other group members are excited to incorporate those elements into our site in order to make it more interesting. There are so many details that many people don’t even think about when consuming a piece of media (or art rather). For example, the editing in a video or film can really make the story. Another example is that most music today is far more layered and complicated than people realize, all because they don’t listen to it at a loud enough volume. The amount of times I’ve been in a car with a friend who doesn’t want to turn the music up because “it’ll be too loud,” but they won’t end up hearing all the artistry that the producer and artist have intentionally put in the songs. This is connected to the project because the group can turn this into an immersive experience while also being educational. I’m excited to work on this project and see what the finished product will be like.

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