Seeing ↔ Making: Room for Thought is an experimental volume that illuminates the space between word and image, politics and aesthetics, seeing and making, in a visual montage of new and unforeseen constellations. Realized through an intergenerational collaboration of three cultural producers committed to making theory visible, a transformative anthology of critical essays by Susan Buck-Morss anchors this kaleidoscopic project. Images and ideas sync with Buck-Morss’ perceptive texts on visual culture, history, politics, and aesthetics, fusing criticism with visual play and linking collective imagination and social action.
“This collaborative, cross-generational project began with a question: When the mash-up methods of new technologies meet the intimacy and comradeliness of the printed form, can the critical reflection of written philosophy be intensified?” - SBM
The book’s unfolding architecture opens 12 analogical spaces for thinking by connection, inviting readers to investigate leaping viewpoints and to construct networks of expanded thought.
Building upon methods of montage and ways of seeing put forth by visual thinkers like Watler Benjamin and John Berger, designer Kevin McCaughey (Boot Boyz Biz), designer, editor, and publisher Adam Michaels (IN-FO.CO/Inventory Press), and renowned theorist Susan Buck-Morss collectively assemble colliding material into new relation.. What results is a typographic articulation that thinks seriously about the stakes of ideation and reorients the space of the book in the service of a theory and philosophy that speaks the language of our image-based information age.
By presenting processes of creation alongside theory, this “picture-book of philosophy” is a sensory springboard for cognitive, hence political, potential.
“Hard-copy dissemination creates its own dialectic. It frees the material from the pseudosocialism of web data produced via a subterranean algorithm that has your number. There is no covert surveillance inside this product that knows who is reading it or where (a subway? A classroom? A prison? A park bench? The beach?) or tracking who it might be passed on to. The book has been produced for your use. It belongs wherever it is discovered by whoever enters the “rooms” animating ideas, and is open to all.” - SBM