Marijn Bax, Hanne Hagenaars

MAR

This book by Marijn Bax is about Mar, a headstrong lady who smoked like a chimney into her 103rd year, living in a house in which the walls, the things she made of old fabrics and the always inventively patched-up clothes she wore combined to create a multicoloured and layered whole, a Gesamtkunstwerk and witness to a self-willed and original personality. Bax’s meandering conversations with Mar led her to go in search of ‘a book that like a pack of cards can always fall apart when dropped and be put back together in any arbitrary order’. Together with Bax, Linda van Deursen has turned this idea into a cahier of unbound sheets folded several times and held together by an elastic band. It can indeed be read when taken apart, then folded back into itself in any order. What this produces is an infinite succession of new image combinations, interpretations and storylines. That the spectator should influence the work – in this case the book – is precisely what Bax intends. This performative aspect of taking it apart and putting it back together was also employed at a reading/performance by Bax in the Stedelijk Museum. Thus the book reinvents the very concept of what a book is. The intimacy of the friendship between Bax and Mar adds up to a beautiful counterpart to another famous book about intimacy, growing old and antidotes to modern life: Julian Germain’s For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness. And that’s a compliment.

 

Edition: 2018
Release date: September 2018
Language: Dutch (purple ribbon), English (pink ribbon)
Translator: Sara Stork, Lynn Berger, Kathryn Westerveld
Picture editor: Marijn Bax, Linda van Deursen
Photographer: Marijn Bax
Publisher / commissioner: Fw:Books, Amsterdam
Available through: Webshop
Designer: Mevis & Van Deursen (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Henk Tienkamp, Groningen
Printer: Tienkamp, Groningen
Binder: Bax Binding, Amsterdam
Dimensions: 170 x 235 x 23
Amount of pages: 256
Number of copies: 500 (NL), 500 (ENG)
Retail price in euros: € 35
ISBN: 978 94 90119 71 3 (NL) / 978 94 90119 70 6 (EN)
Font and foundry: Univers (Linotype)
Binding style: Loose untrimmed sheets.
Paper interior: 80gsm Cyclus Offset, 100gsm Munken Lynx, 120gsm Arcoprint Milk White 1.5, 60gsm Opakal, Igepa, Antalis, Fedrigoni
Cover material: 320gsm Freelife Vellum White, Fedrigoni
Other technical features: This is a loose-leaf book held together by a cover in wrapper form held shut by an elastic cloth band with digital printing in black (by Bax Binding). The Dutch edition has purple elastic, the English pink. The sheets are of various sorts of paper and format. All sheets have been folded, in various ways, to 170 x 235 mm.