Archive for April, 2010

I’m a Cyborg, but that’s OK

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

As I was trawling through the interwebs this week I came across a very cute virtual pop-up book.  I’m always excited when my different interests align so it was a delightful bonus to find that the virtual pop-up book was created as a promotional for one of my favorite Korean directors, Chan-Wook Park.  I’m a Cyborg, but that’s OK was released in 2006 and has yet to have make it’s way to the U.S. or Netflix, but I have my fingers crossed.  You can learn more about the film at IMDB and Wikipedia.


The virtual pop-up book is quirky creation from the Korean design firm D.O.E.S. which stands for “dreams of electric sheep” and references Phillip K. Dick’s seminal work that spawned one of my favorite movies, Bladerunner.  Based on the preview of their 2010 reel it seems they are no strangers to the virtual pop-up book and have created another version of the pop-up book for LG.  You can also check out their fun cut paper animation for the LG Cyon Lollipop and don’t forget to see the “making film” section for a behind the scenes look at all the hard work they put in.

Getting back to the charming virtual pop-up book, the viewer can explore three chapters and interact with the characters on each of the spreads in fun ways.  While they cheated on the physics of the constructions, it works well with the surreal nature of the project.  The pop-up book closes with an appendix that promises three make-your-own masks based on the movie, but I was disheartened to find that the links were no longer available.  Guess I will have to make my own bunny mask.  Now all that is left is for me track down a copy of the movie this weekend because the pop-up promo sure sold me.


Libros Moviles in Spain

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I just learned of a new pop-up exhibit that opened last week in Andalucia, Spain.  More specifically at the Teatro Auditorio in the Southern resort town of Roquetas de Mar.  The movable books in the show come from the extensive collection of Ana Maria Ortega Palacios and her husband Alvaro Gutierrez Banos.


I have had the good fortune to meet with these lovely collectors on past occasions and know that this exhibition will be tastefully presented with many rare books selected from their 1,700 title holdings.  I learned the show is divided in two sections.  One side of the hall represents a general history of movable books dating back hundreds of years with impressive examples of Meggendorfers, Nisters, Kubasta, Wehr and other masters of the Golden Age of Pop-ups.  As the exhibition continues, viewers can peer into twelve cases to see different book formats and explosive mechanism used by various paper engineers.

The exhibit is slated to run from April through June, which gives me time to save up for a trip to Spain.


P.S. Spanish articles covering the opening can be found here and here.

NY Antiquarian Book Fair

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

This weekend is the New York Antiquarian Book Fair!  I completely lost track of time and forgot that the book fair was coming so soon to the Park Avenue Armory.  I have been fortunate enough to attend the last few years and always get excited to see some amazing books from the past.


As you can imagine my interests tend toward all things movable so I make sure to make the rounds of my favorite independent booksellers.  It is so exciting to actual hold some of the rare Meggendorfer and Kubasta titles found at Aleph-bets Books and Joann Reisler’s booth.  Or drool over the glass cases of rare antiquities from Justin G. Shiller.  I always find wonderful treasures at Chez Les Libraires Associes where the very pleasant Jacques Desse and Thibaut Brunessaux are on hand to share the latest pop-ups out of Paris alongside rare European titles.  And the trip would not be complete without checking out the bookcases of Bromer Booksellers and visiting with Peter at the massive Books of Wonder booth.

Below is the essential info for the Book Fair but you can also get a full list of exhibitors and learn more about the 50th Anniversary of the Antiquarian Book Show here.

Location: The Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue and 67th Street in New York.

Dates: April  9 – 11, 2010 (With a Thursday preview)

Hours: Friday noon – 8pm, Saturday noon – 7pm and Sunday noon – 5pm.

Admission: $20/per day, $30/two-day pass & $45/three-day pass (Catalog included.)


Pop-ups in Ohio

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

This coming Monday marks the opening of a new pop-up exhibit at the Cincinnati Library.  The Wonderful World of Pop-Ups: From the Collection of Carolyn S. Hughes will be on view in the Main Library’s Cincinnati Room from April 5 through June 27.  Carolyn Hughes is a passionate book lover and pop-up collector that I have had the pleasant of meeting with over the years.   She contacted me to let me know that she selected my book, Castle, to be one of pop-ups presented at the library.  Carolyn went on to say, “There will be 115 books & things… It will be in the rare book department in beautiful cases that have alarms in them. How sweet! I have 570+ books, so it was really hard to select which would be used. I tried to have variety of subject matter, artists, & of course the all important paper engineer.”


One of her favorite paper engineers is Bruce Foster, who is no stranger to this blog.  In fact Carolyn goes so far to claim, “I’m the self appointed President of the Bruce Foster Fan Club, Ohio Chapter!”  So it only seems fitting that Bruce will be joining in the opening festivities and give a presentation on his amazing work next Sunday, April 11 at 2:30pm.  More info can be found here.

Additional details of both events can be found on the first two pages of the library newsletter.

I had a chance to get a sneak peek at the exhibition list and found it a well balanced show.  Go check it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!