El arte nuevo de hacer libros
Ulises Carrión

“A book is a sequence of spaces.
Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment – a book is also a sequence of moments.
A book is not a case of words, nor a bag of words, nor a bearer of words.” […]

In this text, mexican artist Ulises Carrión elaborates on the book as an autonomous artistic space. A seminal text for the understanding of artist books, and books in general. El arte nuevo de hacer libros (The New Art of Making Books) was first published in spanish in “Plural:crítica y literatura” (1975) a literary supplement in mexican newspaper Excelsior. An english translation appeared that same year in the magazine Kontexts no. 6-7.

This re-edition published by Ediciones Hungría is concieved as a book-wrapper or dust jacket. By covering old books found in second-hand shops, the publication accquires the physical qualities of a book. At the same time, all these qualities remain irrelevant to the actual publication.

With text contributions by Mariana Castillo Deball and Mauricio Marcin.

Published by Ediciones Hungría, 2011
Concept and design by Santiago da Silva
Photos courtesy of Ediciones Hungría