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The Resource In visible cities : an artist book, by Jean-Pierre Hébert

In visible cities : an artist book, by Jean-Pierre Hébert

Label
In visible cities : an artist book
Title
In visible cities
Title remainder
an artist book
Statement of responsibility
by Jean-Pierre Hébert
Title variation
  • Invisible cities
  • Diomira, Anastasia, Olivia, Isaura, Sophronia, Octavia, Baucis, Phyllis, Leandra, Clarice, Irene, Thekla, Perinthia, Leonia, Raissa
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "For this project ... Jean-Pierre Hébert distilled and poeticized a selection of Calvino's narratives. In collaboration with Harry and Sandra Reese, his distillations were then refigured typographically (a la Ilia Zdanevich) and hung on a mesostic, a poetic device like an acrostic but with the vertical phrase in the middle, as famously employed by John Cage. Finally, the mesostics were set within Hébert's series of galactic (or molecular? or musical?) visualizations. These 'computational drawings' are astonishing, the more so for being generated not by Hébert's hand but by his brain. That is, Hébert has written original computer code ... based on his redacted Calvino texts. The code was then run, or 'played,' on an inkjet printer, resulting in dynamic data landscapes that chart both the semantic and the social relationships found in the text ... [Hébert] has written of this process that he is 'pursuing an ideal of beauty and ideal Platonic forms, inspired by my interests in patterns of geometry, mathematics, physics, nature.' These interests owe much to the theories of fluid dynamics, waves and instabilities, nonlinear dynamical systems, and data visualization espoused by the astrophysicist Juri Toomre"--Martin Antonetti, "Collaborative ecosystems," review of In visible cities, in Parenthesis, autumn 2013, no. 25, pages 31-32
  • Printed on double leaves. Except for title page and leaf containing colophon and artist's statement, consists of double-page spreads, each usually combining an image and a text. Front and back endleaves are double-page images; free front and back endleaves included in page count
  • Illustrations are digitally printed designs from visualizations of information coded by Jean-Pierre Hébert
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Cataloging source
SNN
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
N7433.4.H428
LC item number
I58 2012
Literary form
poetry
Label
In visible cities : an artist book, by Jean-Pierre Hébert
Link
http://jeanpierrehebert.com/91s.html
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Limited edition of 73 copies, signed and numbered by Jean-Pierre Hébert
  • Title, subtitle, and statement of responsibility extend over two pages (pages 5-6)
  • Title on title page is in the form of a mesostic of the following names, which are city names from Italo Calvino's Città invisibili (Invisible cities): Diomira, Anastasia, Olivia, Isaura, Sophronia, Octavia, Baucis, Phyllis, Leandra, Clarice, Irene, Thekla, Perinthia, Leonia, Raissa. Text consists of poems derived from the text of William Weaver's English translation of Città invisibili by locating mesostics for each of these city names in phrases from the corresponding chapter
  • "First, the book title as a mesostic line filters and selects proper city names as wing words. Then, city name mesostics assemble each poem from snippets chosen in their order of appearance within each city chapter. Last, fractal timelines animate worlds of lines, colors, and symbols implied by each city character and text properties. Generative poetry composed by ideas translated into code. Deliberate rule breaking through chance or bugs, and digital humor"--Artist's statement (page 44)
  • "This book is inspired and structured by 'Invisible cities' of Italo Calvino, as translated by William Weaver; the mesostics of John Cage; the galactic tides of Alar and Juri Toomre; the typography of Iliazd; and an original poetic concept by Jean-Pierre Hébert. 73 copies printed from Gill Sans Light composed by Michael and Winifred Bixler, arranged and printed letterpress by Sandra Liddell Reese and Harry Reese. Drawings by Jean-Pierre Hébert printed on Niyodo natural with an Epson Stylus Pro 4800. Handmade paper cover and binding by Sandra Reese"--Colophon
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Diomira -- Anastasia -- Olivia -- Isaura -- Sophronia -- Octavia -- Baucis -- Phyllis -- Leandra -- Clarice -- Irene -- Thekla -- Perinthia -- Leonia -- Raissa
Dimensions
43 cm
Extent
46 unnumbered pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: is copy no. 56 of a limited edition of 73 copies; signed in pencil by the artist. Purchase, Turkey Press/Edition Reese, 2015.
Other physical details
21 color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)828928838
  • ucoclc828928838
Label
In visible cities : an artist book, by Jean-Pierre Hébert
Link
http://jeanpierrehebert.com/91s.html
Publication
Note
  • Limited edition of 73 copies, signed and numbered by Jean-Pierre Hébert
  • Title, subtitle, and statement of responsibility extend over two pages (pages 5-6)
  • Title on title page is in the form of a mesostic of the following names, which are city names from Italo Calvino's Città invisibili (Invisible cities): Diomira, Anastasia, Olivia, Isaura, Sophronia, Octavia, Baucis, Phyllis, Leandra, Clarice, Irene, Thekla, Perinthia, Leonia, Raissa. Text consists of poems derived from the text of William Weaver's English translation of Città invisibili by locating mesostics for each of these city names in phrases from the corresponding chapter
  • "First, the book title as a mesostic line filters and selects proper city names as wing words. Then, city name mesostics assemble each poem from snippets chosen in their order of appearance within each city chapter. Last, fractal timelines animate worlds of lines, colors, and symbols implied by each city character and text properties. Generative poetry composed by ideas translated into code. Deliberate rule breaking through chance or bugs, and digital humor"--Artist's statement (page 44)
  • "This book is inspired and structured by 'Invisible cities' of Italo Calvino, as translated by William Weaver; the mesostics of John Cage; the galactic tides of Alar and Juri Toomre; the typography of Iliazd; and an original poetic concept by Jean-Pierre Hébert. 73 copies printed from Gill Sans Light composed by Michael and Winifred Bixler, arranged and printed letterpress by Sandra Liddell Reese and Harry Reese. Drawings by Jean-Pierre Hébert printed on Niyodo natural with an Epson Stylus Pro 4800. Handmade paper cover and binding by Sandra Reese"--Colophon
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Diomira -- Anastasia -- Olivia -- Isaura -- Sophronia -- Octavia -- Baucis -- Phyllis -- Leandra -- Clarice -- Irene -- Thekla -- Perinthia -- Leonia -- Raissa
Dimensions
43 cm
Extent
46 unnumbered pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: is copy no. 56 of a limited edition of 73 copies; signed in pencil by the artist. Purchase, Turkey Press/Edition Reese, 2015.
Other physical details
21 color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)828928838
  • ucoclc828928838

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