Bibliocircuitry: Making (with/of/about) 한지 INLS 690-276: fall 2020
This book was created using hanji paper and Korean bookbinding. The book is a product of its own subject, creating a kind of meta-making experience for the reader. The hanji the book is bound in is printed with the 훈민정음 (hunminjeongeum), the document in which the Korean script was first recorded by its inventor, King Sejong. I wanted to center Korean as a central part of the reading experience, so I chose this paper.
Upon opening the book, the reader hears the Adafruit Circuit playground Express play the beginning of Arirang, a traditional Korean folk song. I chose Arirang because it has had countless variations and additions over the years, representing an ongoing process of making rooted in tradition - like hanji.
I used Augmented reality to create a sort of digital bibliography of hanji. I used cutouts of the hanji paper for makers, and scanning a marker using the ARize app opens links to various media including videos, articles, and overviews of hanji and hanji making.
The markers read: "book," "one," "two," "three," "four," and "more," respectively. The first marker leads to introduction, markers one through four lead to media pieces about hanji, and "more" leads to a Google Scholar search of articles about hanji, encouraging the reader to explore further.