The latest episode from ongoing web documentary series PBS Arts is titled Off Book | Book Art. Pop-up paper engineer Matthew Reinhart, visual book artist Andrea Dezsö, and book artist Carole Kunstadt are all interviewed for this mini-documentary on book art, “the art we can touch”.
Books are in a conflicted state. Should they still exist in a digital era? Will they all be replaced by Kindles and Nooks? These questions dominate the discussion of books in our time. A select group of artists, who use books as their medium, engage this discussion from another angle. From pop culture pop-ups, to surreal sculptural stories, to reformations of antique sacred texts, these creators re-envision what the experience of a book can be. At times playful, and other times profound, this episode explores the boundaries of one of the most important human creations.