Dealing with the Book
Order and disorder, shaping as in-between
Written by Alycia Rainaud
⏤ The codex, also known as "book", is at the same time a symbolic, ordinal and open form. Both simple and multiple, the codex represents everything about the main idea of the book shape, through its twenty-one transformation centuries. In fact, this form was able to prevail itself through the rise of a new religion, stabilize and maintain through ages, and adapt to many functions. Thus, shaping a book is also grasping the moment when there's a necessity to contain everything that is difficult to place in a restricted space, and that sometimes generates modifications of the codex form towards hybrid forms, by spatialising its content. Nevertheless, the book can't contain all of a perpetually evolving knowledge, in a world notably crossed by digital revolution, where codex forms are intended to open and increase theirselves. Through this thesis, we're trying to put together the book's form, a world's reading, the individual, and the designer. As a result, we can ask ourself : how does the book's shaping testify of an intrinsic relation between order and disorder?
Is there a relationship between book and Self ? What are the tensions crossing the codex form?
In an attempt to answer these questions, we first analyze how the codex appeared and stabilized itself by becoming the promotion object of the Christian religion. Indeed,
we can see that the relation between the ordered codex form and the orderly structure of the world provides to the book what Kant calls transcendental power and a priori knowledge of objects. In a second step, we study how a certain appropriation of the codex form was possible, from Renaissance and book's democratization. We testify how, in a more secular context, the codex form was brought to be modified, first by writing, then in the 19th century by some darings of it shape, later reinforced through digital revolution. Finally,
we define and explain the reader's ability to internalize order and disorder, and a certain image of himself while reading and handling the book. Thus, we try to imagine how today's designer, tends to access to a book's reading and shaping that is not simply functional, organized by a text-image report, but that can take account the extreme symbolic and complex power of this object.
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