Micah Bloom’s Codex is building some momentum and as part of the final push toward publication, we wanted to provide an opportunity for our contributors to talk with each other and with Micah (and me!).
To this end, we’ve created a webpage bloomscodex.org, put up a gallery and a 20 minute cut of the film version of Codex. You all also have the copy of his larger project.
I was drawn to this project as a publisher by his archaeological sensibilities. (In fact, in my own mind, I refer to the archaeological aspect of Ryan Stander’s, Jess Christy’s (http://www.jessicachristy.com), and Micah’s work as the defining characteristic of the “Minot School”) . The attention to discarded books as artifacts and the appreciation of their “post-depositional” narrative as they transition from personal objects to objects of study and even veneration.
Micah’s photographs also allude to the catastrophic circumstances surrounding the displacement of a thing from one state to another. His decision to focus on books makes this all the more jarring because people develop a particular kind of personal attachment to paper books.
We are interested in starting a conversation in the threaded comments beneath this post. As this develops we’ll work out the technical details of organize the conversations in various ways.