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A normal page of text in a book can not
only be read, but also viewed, as the
patterns of the words, and line breaks
form abstract images. For example if the
white lines that run down the pages
become distracting to the reader they are
referred to in typographical terms as
idea of the Book of The Secreted
Image is to take advantage of the subtle
possibilities afforded by the capacity of
the printed word to be viewed as both
language and image simultaneously.
This won't be obvious to the reader on an
individual page basis but any book
in this way will contain within its pages a
secreted image, that can only be viewed
the book is dismantled and the pages
arranged together according a very
specific order, like tiles on a wall.
When the assembled pages are observed
from a distance, the subtle changes in
weight of type, character and line
become apparent. Previously
undetectedable on each individual page,
they combine, like a half-tone, to merge
into that of a recognisable image.
Each Book printed in this way could be
totally unique, given the capacity of
modern digital presses. One picture is
then in reality
worth a hundred thousand words.
justification, widows, orphans and rivers
some info on what to avoid visually doing with the printed word [xenzag, Nov 21 2006, last modified Nov 23 2006]
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 22 2006]
[webfishrune, Nov 22 2006]
Related idea, but to get rid of 'rivers' rather than make pictures out of them [hippo, Nov 22 2006]
||Oop, you already know that.
||+ hey, there's Elvis on page three...
||I was under the impression that this was a book that secreted substances.
||Although it was a pleasent surprise upon reading that this was not a liquid spewing book but an artistic one, I was quite relieved. It is a good idea, and I am deeply annoyed as to the fact that I didn't think it up first. But, a book that could secrete would be quite interesting ...
||Raithah - I made a piece of work in the
form of a set leaking books last year. May
post image on my own puny site some
time if I can be bothered.
||It be great for brainwashing people. You could have a picture of the dark lord hidden amongs the pages
So, a book with many rivers would be...
||An international best sailing book?
A watered down version of the real thing?
A Rivuletting read?