In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. ~Thomas Carlyle
When I was a child, my parents instilled in me a reverence and respect for books. Books couldn’t be stepped on, sat on, or abused, because they contained something mysterious and powerful, beyond their mere, physical composition: wood fibers and ink. In a magical way, they were carriers of that which was irreplaceable; they housed an intellect, a unique soul. In our home, books were elevated in the hierarchy of objects; in their nature, deemed closer to humans than furniture, knick knacks, clothing, etc. It was these early sentiments that took hold of me when I first encountered the Codex books.
While riding my bike to work each day, dodging debris from the recent Minot flood (and sometimes not dodging and getting flat tires), I came upon these books: out in the open, exposed to the elements, battered by wind and rain. They hung in the trees and were strewn across the landscape. Because of my upbringing, I couldn’t ignore them, and they pulled me into telling their story: a story of necessity, loss, neglect, obsolescence, progress, privilege, excess, ignorance, and valediction.
I’ve now spent over a year with these books: spring, summer, winter, fall, night, day, wind, rain, dust, snow, dew, nests, eggs, webs, sprouts, sticks, leaves, bulldozers, trains, trucks, duck weed, worms, spiders, birds, muskrats . . . and these books now need a moment with you.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. - Thomas Jefferson
Codex incorporates performance, video, photography, and sculpture, involving friends and students as artistic collaborators. This team works together as they: identify, catalog, research, construct, and edit.
The exhibition and screening of the film is scheduled to open at Northwest Art Center, Minot State University on March 5, 2013.
This critical funding will go into:
Camera equipment rental
Editing photo/ film
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Codex moves forward as a result of many volunteers: friends, students, and colleagues, but the primary direction comes from the following:
Director/ Producer – Micah Bloom
Director of Photography – Max Patzner
Editing – Micah Boom, Josh Collins
Post Production (color and audio) – Josh Collins
Lead Design – Max Patzner
Score –Josh Collins
Sculpture: Micah Bloom
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
If we don’t reach our goal, we don’t get anything! Nothing will be drawn out of your credit card account until $3,200 has been pledged. If we are able to surpass that point, we will use the additional funds to increase the quality of the final work.
So the stakes are high, and we are doing our utmost to make this a successful campaign.
Any amount you can donate to the project is much appreciated. We know a lot of generous people, (but not a lot of rich people), so we are hoping that you’ll consider giving . . . even if you feel it is not as much as you wish you could. Again, we are grateful for your gifts, and we wanted to provide some incentive in the incremental rewards posted on the right. Check them out . . . and thank you!
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge in working with volunteers is that you rely on their schedule and goodwill to complete tasks on time. As we approach our due date, we need to ensure that work is done, and these funds will provide the necessary equipment and labor to reach our deadline. Ultimately, without these funds, we must make significant reductions to our vision.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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