In memory of the surrealists who cut up pieces of text out of newspapers or books to create new narratives with horrendous plots I decided to take a tawdry novel and open it up to a vast realm of new possibilities. With the pages sliced up you can rearrange the tale of kids drinking, drugging and screwing. Go straight from the psychiatrist couch into a heroin binge and then into a fight with the disconnected parents. Only faster this time.
Or you could just accept this as an aesthetic exercise to see what you can create with a budget of $5 and a rainy afternoon to kill.
Step 1: Materials
The other qualities of greatness would relate to the thickness of the paper and the width of the pages. I've done a couple of other versions of this with a big thesaurus and the feel of the paper was better. I didn't feel bad about that as I don't believe in synonyms and any excuse to take those out of circulation is good in my opinion.
In addition to the book, get a pencil, an X-Acto with fresh blades, and a ruler.
Step 2: Make the Marks
Step 3: Get Slicing
Move from cutting line to cutting line and go through the book. Iterate, iterate, iterate.
Step 4: Alternate Sections
Step 5: Squish!
Step 6: Place the Book
Close peeks at the book reveal several bits of random salaciousness to enjoy. Lust and greed and overdoses, this book has it all.
Now that the sun is out it's time to get outside for a run or a bike ride. Time to let the subconscious think of other projects or variations to do.
- One single cut per page that moves from the top to the bottom as the pages progress, creating one big diagonal slice.
- Curved lines
- Leaf design cut out on each page so that a leaf flops out on one side and the negative space flops on the other.
- Two cuts per page that start out next to each other at the middle of the first page and move outwards as the pages progress, creating a mountain on one side and a valley on the other.