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the nature of clouds



Collected texts: on obstructed vision, blindness, perception, darkness, speculation, adaptation, and various other excerpted ruminations surrounding said subject matters; presented in parallel with a collection of images depicting certain avant-garde individuals whom, for reasons yet unknown (fashion statement? spiritual experience? an attempt to more intimately connect with their surroundings?), have obstructed their own vision.

Motives of pursuing ideals of trend and fashion aside, one might ask: to what end are the individuals presented throughout this publication blinding themselves?

Is it, as Denis Diderot asserts, an attempt to perceive their surroundings more abstractly and thus without deception?

Or, as with Oedipus Rex before them, have they willfully blinded themselves out of the shame brought forth by some terrible revelation that has exposed their own ignorance and inability to realize their true identity?

the nature of clouds presents a wide array of hypotheses of this nature, intended to examine the motives of and experiences behind obstructing one's own vision.

Includes statement of dedication to Mr. René Magritte.



Related: an ongoing visual postlude to the nature of clouds at: thenatureofclouds.tumblr.com.

Image credits: the nature of clouds: the cover’s collaged image is partially sourced from a photographic work created by Sydney Shen; tiresias: this poster’s collaged image is sourced from photographic works created by Alberto Moreu and Federico Ferrari; phineus: this poster’s collaged image is sourced from photographic works created by Manon Kündig and unknown; thamyris: this poster’s collaged image is sourced from photographic works created by Audrey Corregan and Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven of Synchrodogs.
















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The publication is accompanied by 3 limited edition, offset-printed and ultra-marine-blue-chalk-marked posters, respectively titled:

thamyris
phineus
tiresias





























thamyris(click to view more)

Image credits: this poster’s collaged image is sourced from photographic
works created by Audrey Corregan and Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven of Synchrodogs.





























phineus(click to view more)

Image credits: this poster’s collaged image is sourced from photographic
works created by Manon Kündig and unknown.





























tiresias(click to view more)

Image credits: this poster’s collaged image is sourced from photographic
works created by Alberto Moreu and Federico Ferrari.







info (the nature of clouds)

Excerpted texts from Denis Diderot, F. González-Crussi, George Berkeley, Giuseppe Penone, Guy Debord, Jean Vigo, John Berger, Patrick Trevor-Roper, René Descartes, Richard Dawkins, Simone Osthoff, and Sophocles.

Published: June 2013 . First edition . 166 x 266 mm (6.5 x 10.25 in) . 236 pages . 1-color interior . 1-color covers . Paperback . Perfect-bound





info (thamyris, phineus, and tiresias)

Printed: June 2013 . Flat: 312 x 484 mm (12.25 x 19 in) . Folded: 156 x 242 mm (6.125 x 9.5 in) . Edition of 100 (each poster) . Offset-printed (1-color) . Each poster uniquely marked with mutable, ultramarine blue chalk


Clouds gather visibility, and then   d i s p e r s e   into invisibilty.


All appearances are of the nature of clouds.


—John Berger






elsewhere

Read about the making of the nature of clouds and check out select excerpted content on The Gradient—the Walker Art Center’s Design Blog.





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