'BOOKSCAPE: Recto Verso - Rorschach Janus' (Guy Begbie 2015)
This is one of a series of ongoing short films.
These explore the book and counterpart material as an architectural and structural environment.
A Kaleidoscopic excavation of book structures and cast artefacts. The book as a contained, time based, structural environment. The juxtaposition of pliant and hardened solid material (paper and cement).
A mirrored bookscape, recto/verso, page facets in a concertina structure.
Light & shadow cast through cut page apertures. Cement / concrete casts (opus caementicium) allude to both the architectural and archaeological.
The Rorschach ink blot test. The Roman God Janus…God of doors, doorways, gates, windows, passages, beginnings, transitions and endings. Depicted as having two faces. One looking to the future, the other to the past (pages recto/verso).
The sountrack for this film, has been constructed from field recordings of the placements made with the books and cement cast props, prior to filming. Some recording of bookbinding activity, with a bonefolder, a pricker and a needle and book thread, has also been used, along with recordings of interventions made, in manipulating the pages of the books in the placement process.
The first public screening of this film, was made at The Society of Bookbinders Conference 2015, Keele University, UK (August 2015), during a conference presentation given on Non-Linear Narrative Page Structures
& Sculptural Book Forms.