My enthusiasm was great at the beginning of this experiment. Expanding the book into a structure of small boxes that could be read from all sides without touching the leaves for the book. How exciting! I thought it was straight forward. How wrong! The Flight/Flykt book was my starting point for a first tryout. The same A4 sheets that I used in the little book were filled with marker pen drawings and stripes of all colours, andĀ  the small verses were written in long hand. Sheets were glued onto 1.8 mm boardsĀ  – both sides. When cutting out the box pieces drawings and stripes were divided up haphazardly. This was a repetition of the scheme I used when assembling folios into signatures for the book. Pieces were glued together without a preset plan – except that I had decided on how many each of the four types of boxes needed. Different arrangements of boxes in upright structures were tried out. My only plan was that the verses should somehow maintain the same order as in the book. Elements of drawings and stripes would fall into place wherever they landed. BUT. It did not work out the way I had expected. Something essential was lost. What was it? My first assessment was that the stripes took over, too conspicuous – compared to the book. The balance of stripes, images and verses was destroyed. Was there a remedy? I started to cover most of the striped areas on the outsides of boxes with black acrylic paint. Hoping that the black would help lift the visuals and the texts. BUT NO. Still dull, uninteresting and without coherence. A suspicion dawned on me that maybe the book – the material and architectural structure of the book form in general is optimal. And since the content of my little book has been created based on this form it cannot be transformed without disruption. Somehow I felt the need to finalize this failed experiment and try another arrangement of the boxes, but on a flat surface. Just to see how it turned out – could some new ideas be born?

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