The Book as Interactive Object

 

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This is the first artist book I ever saw – Book 91, String Book by Keith Smith. One of my foundations faculty took my class to view artist books in the special collections at the Library. This book fundamentally changed my sense of what a book could be. As an avid comics reader I appreciated that a book could be more than just a vehicle for text, but upon seeing this book without text or image, I began to think of that book as an object, something which we interact with, something with dimension, and many ways  being “read.”