Book handling as a research method (Daly 2018)
In order to capture my experiences it became necessary to fuse aspects of material culture (for touch) and literary theory (for intertextuality) together into a discourse with handling set at its core. Logged as fifty short narratives, each handling event described the insights I gained, followed by a short statement that could be tabled and referenced as part of my thesis conclusion. In the light of my findings, it can be argued that handling books provides a type of tacit knowledge that is unavailable from viewing alone. Developing a framework for reporting this haptic experience therefore, can enrich and enhance our understanding of book works.
Published in: The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists' Books
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(above image: Tim Daly)