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Publications Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video

Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video is a book that documents a touring program of 40 contemporary artists’ projects. The design explores representations of a time-based medium within the context of print by employing several different devices. Recognizing the frame of the video monitor is a primary means of presentation, we have consciously employed the white margins of the page as another framing device (and ignored it when occasional non-video works of art are presented). Variously sized frames are used throughout in order to show the narrative of the work and/or to render intelligible its fluidity in the passage of time. Video grabs are captioned with the time-index to indicate where in the work the image is located. Where appropriate we’ve included either a dialogue with the maker (red pages) to contextualize the work or a script of the video (yellow pages) as a means of retaining the crucial audio information. Essay figures are illustrated in each opening spread and their appearance within the text is signaled in the left margin of each text page. All 40 videos are numbered and this system appears throughout. Design with Linda van Deursen and Armand Mevis.

Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video, 2000