De Novo

Several books have already explored the effect caused by the deliberate use of unusual folds in their pages. In most cases, these are visual narratives that complete or change as the reader manipulates the creased sheets.

“De Novo” is another one of these books.

At the same time, however, it may not be. For its starting point is not exactly the play of its turning/unterning, but rather the impact on the process of the making of a book, if one were to alter that which is one of the essential acts of reading: the turning of its pages. To turn the page, to advance towards the unfolding of the story, to surpass what was read. So impregnated in our culture, this action has become an idiomatic expression, and we consider a “turned page a finished subject, beyond any episode or person of the past that we have left behind.

But what if, when we turn a page, the previous content does not disappear completely? What if something was left? Refused to stay behind, insisting on staying? What problems and possibilities would arise in the execution of a book? What about in its reading experience? Its from these very questions that this book was born. Rehearsing responses in six different expressive possibilities of constructing a printed narrative: photography, text, drawing, collage, dialogue and color/pictograms. With a bubble wrap packaging and limited print run, “De Novo presents manual binding for each of its six booklets.