Hollowbound Book
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Hollowbound Book

Text, Design, Programming and Score by Erik Loyer

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This project uses the Flash plug-in, which is no longer supported by Adobe. As an alternative, view the project's video documentation below.

Hollowbound Book is an interactive response to N. Katherine Hayles’ book Writing Machines, in which a newly liberated book binding testifies to its liberation at the hands of Hayles’ theories.  Commissioned for Peter Lunenfeld’s Mediaworks pamphlet series.

Featured in the 2003 California Design Biennial

Video Documentation


Image 1 from Hollowbound Book

The piece opens with a poetic invocation of N. Katherine Hayles’ book Writing Machines.

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The text of the project is the monologue of a book binding come to life.

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At each stage in the text, the user is presented with an animated (and often interactive) composition illustrating the point being made.

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At the end of the piece, the user can literally reshape Hayles’ text within the confines of a virtual book.

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