If-theres-no-text-at-all-Is-it-still-a-bookJust because we here at the Clog are living at the cutting-edge —inhabiting a digital frontier, if you will — doesn’t mean that we lack an appreciation for some of the finer qualities of the more … antiquated media. Which is why we were excited to hear that The Codex International Book Fair and Symposium will soon be arriving here in Berkeley. The fair, featuring 138 exhibitors, is dedicated to showcasing the artistry of books: the tomes on display aren’t the type that siphon funds from your bank account each semester, but are more often limited-edition, hand crafted works of individual artisans the world over.

Among the things you will likely witness at the book fair:

“Books that are boxes, books that open accordion-style, hand-printed books with original illustrations and bindings crafted from wood and bone…Inside may be contemporary poetry, or Shakespeare, or essays written by the artists themselves — or no text at all.”


The event will be in town for four days beginning this Sunday, February 13, at Pauley Ballroom.

A Fair Display of Books as Art [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]
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Are you as sick of seeing all those lame ads on the side of buses as we are? Our new favorite is “The perfect trip … The perfect trap” slogan for “The Tourist.” Like, really? Though we probably will see it if for nothing but to satisfy the superficial drive of our existence … Johnny Depp AND Angelina Jolie, ’nuff said.

But now we are digressing, back to lame bus ads. In March, something worth some real thought will finally be placed on the side of an AC Transit bus: artwork by students from Berkeley High’s Arts and Humanities Academy. The bus, specifically, will be the Freedom Bus, a collaboration between AC Transit and Alameda County Office of Education. It marks the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to get up during the infamous bus ride in Montgomery, Alabama.

Kids from Alameda and Contra Costa school districts are competing to have their art chosen for the Freedom Bus. The art competition helps educate children about civil rights movements.

Until then, I guess we’ll just have to put up with Johnny and Angelina.

Image Source: Metro Cincinnati under Creative Commons
Berkeley High student artists to take the Freedom Bus [Berkeleyside]

We know that you are all really excited about the 24-hour comic book day coming up on Oct. 2. In case some are behind on their nerd agendas we will fill you in. Comic book day is an event held all around the world at comic book stores and other stores that are, uh, comic-inclined. The stores host artists whose goal is to create a 24 page comic in, you guessed it, 24 hours.

At Berkeley, the event will be happening read more »


Let’s face it, as the semester progresses you will inevitably find less and less time to take advantage of the plethora of free events Berkeley has to offer (and eventually, classes where they don’t take attendance) so while you and the semester are fresh by all means take advantage, especially considering what they’ve done to our tuition:

“Google Book Search and the Future of Academic Publishing”
We can only assume this has something to do with a certain Google Books and their pending settlement that would lead them one step closer to ruling the world. The seminar will focus on “how web technologies are changing humanities research, teaching, and collaboration.” Refreshments will be served.
Monday, Feb. 8
12:00 p. m. Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall read more »

Because Chuck Dillon’s art student pictures totally scream “Berkeley!” to us. Maybe it’s just that liberal, let-it-all-hang-out, admit-the-geeks attitude.

We find the following students most Berkeleyesque:

- Stressed Student
- Student 1.0
- Environmental Hippy Student
- Average/Good Student

Though we’re sure you could make an argument for the entire collection, considering that we do have an art practice major. Also the sheer fact that we have, oh, 30,000+ students.

Image Source: Chuck Dillon
Which Student are You? [blog 30 x 30]
via Laughing Squid

If you’ve never experienced the joy of a Taschen book, now Pegasus Books

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is giving you the chance. The bookstore will continue its 50-75 percent off Taschen sale until May 5.

The “luscious” Taschen books make for great coffee table decor, though that doesn’t mean that they’re not informative (they are! and pretty!). They tend to cover topics like art, film, architecture, history, film, photography, pop culture and fashion–just to name a few.

Here’s hoping that the store has “The Big Penis Book” in stock!

Where: Boogeyman 3 rip Pegasus Books at Shattuck and Durant avenues
When: until May 5
Cost: cheaper than normal

Image Source: RT/Smokes Superman: Doomsday release under Creative Commons
Pegasus Fine Books [Website]
via UCB LJ

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While the economy goes all to hell one multinational Wall Street banking Goliath at a time, libraries are still lending things out for free. The Graphic Arts Loan Collection that the Clog reported about earlier this summer is now up and running at ye old Morrison Library, making Berkeley one of the few brave universities across the nation — alongside MIT and Oberlin — that’s made the decision to condemn works of fine art to potential vandalization by lending pieces out to its general student populace. Except not, because Berkeley students are fine, upstanding citizens! Also each piece is valued at 600 dollars or less.  Yes, even the brand names.

If free framed art sounds cool enough to lure you and your trendily destitute ways away from the ultra popular Rasterbator, you can peruse the selection of over 700 prints at your leisure here. A sampling of the more interesting ones under the jump: read more »

Well, not really. So the Contra Costa Times reports that Morrison library will revive the Graphic Arts Loan Collection circulation program for the fall semester, a classy name for a collection that will let students check out signed copies of original works of art for all the glory of being used as dorm posters.

Sounds crazy, huh? Crazy awesome, maybe. Forget that life-sized poster of Samuel L. Jackson you see every time you wake up–now you can say good morning to the impossibilities of Escher, or the landscapes of Rembrandt or the … doodles of Miro. read more »

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

You know your art project succeeds when your school’s paper picks up the story, then Drudge Report features it and now a school across the country takes notice.

The Paper Trail reports that Yale art major Aliza Shvarts decided to artificially inseminate herself multiple times while inducing miscarriages throughout a nine-month period. Yes, you read that correctly. But that’s not the end of the story.

No, she didn’t get the semen from the football team. No, she’s not collecting her … uhh … media in Tupperware. The twist? It’s performance art fiddling with public reaction. We don’t think it ever happened, save for the thought coming from Shvarts’ brain and the words from her mouth.

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