Thursday, 25 July 2013


The book holds an exquisite dark magic.

Swirls of glinting blue smoke on a black cover invite you to delve inside, like the frisson one feels when walking into a cave's inky black entrance. Designed using a photocopier - a once cutting edge piece of technology, that now feels almost archaic - through a process of intervention, moving the page around as it scans, bizarre things begin to happen. 

Inspired by Thomas De Quincy's Confession of an English Opium Eater, the book is like a visual translation of his writing. Time and space is bent and twisted, strange visions jump out of the page, waxing and waning, looming and skulking. It is atmospheric and spell-binding. 

Marin le Maignan's Photocopium is screen-printed on bible paper, hand-stitched and in an edition of 10 copies. It costs £80 and is available in the Bookartbookshop now. Come and invest in a copy before we close for August.

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