#1 By: Xeni Jardin, October 4th, 2013 13:08
#2 By: Jason Andresen, October 4th, 2013 13:16
It says something about the human psyche that the guy goes "I made the book extra weird for fun, it doesn't mean anything" and people won't believe him and insist that it must have meaning.
#3 By: Morgan Hanam, October 4th, 2013 13:52
You know, just looking at the picture shown from his work; it s really obviously got a lot of Foucault behind it - books as "bed of knowledge (Maybe some Kafka there as well)", the constraint and penetration of the body by a territorial 'scientia' , by the disciplines. The figures in the foreground showing the re-construction of a sense of self after objective vivisection. The hats seem like a symbol of participation mystique for the experienced professional - they are rhizomatic, he is mycologically connected to all other professional disciplines.
#4 By: Houston_Lang, October 4th, 2013 13:56
The link to the Dangerous Minds article is broken and I'm eager to read it.
#5 By: Terry_Border, October 4th, 2013 14:38
Couldn't agree with you more. Sometimes art has no conscious meaning for the artist, it's simply enjoyable to make.
#6 By: nox, October 4th, 2013 14:43
#7 By: Vidiot, October 4th, 2013 15:00
There's a great informational site on the Codex here:
and you can pre-order your copy of the new version on Amazon for just $75! Oct. 29th release date, I'm very excited to finally get my hands on a hard copy.
#8 By: etwas, October 4th, 2013 15:29
You could have looked at the page source:
<a href="<a href="http://dangerousminds.net/comments/codex_seraphinianus_a_new_edition_of_the_strangest_book_in_the_world">
#9 By: Duncan, October 4th, 2013 15:43
There's a delux version as well. "An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations.Deluxe numbered, limited edition of 300 w/signed print"
#10 By: Houston_Lang, October 4th, 2013 17:06
Or, you know, Xeni could fix her html.
#11 By: Noah Django Gross, October 4th, 2013 21:00
I'd be inclined to agree with you, but then the interviewee in the linked article says the author is finally averring that he was interpreting telepathic transmissions from a stray white cat. Though viewed from your stance, this could be interpreted as "telling them what they want to hear and just extending the weirdo bafflement that I manufactured because I just like weird stuff." which makes a lot more sense, actually.
It seems more likely that the cat thing is a myth, but what if he actually believes it?!
zomg what if that's actually what happened?!!!!1!!1!!!
#12 By: Ashley Yakeley, October 5th, 2013 01:38
I bought the Franco Maria Ricci edition for around 200 euro a few years ago. It's gorgeous (and big!), but properly it ought to be in two volumes.
#13 By: Soothesay, October 5th, 2013 12:18
Seems inspired by the Voynich manuscript to me -
The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The book has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a book dealer who purchased it in 1912. The pages of the codex are vellum. Some of the pages are missing, but about 240 remain. The text is written from left to right, and most of the pages have illustrations or diagr...
#14 By: Aldus Mantius, October 6th, 2013 13:44
You can be certain Amazon will run out of copies almost immediately after release. Another alternative is to pre-order through Rizzoli's website:
#15 By: technogeek, October 7th, 2013 01:06
After looking at the preview fragment visible on Amazon: Very much so.
#16 By: Xeni Jardin, October 9th, 2013 13:08
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