Print: An Important Notebook
An Important Notebook
Conceptualizing the Notebook
The project was conceptualized from Abbas Kiarostami's film "Where is my Friend's House" which follows the journey of an 8 year old boy, who must first find and then return his friend's notebook he took by mistake otherwise his friend will be punished by expulsion from school. I wanted to follow the stories of my friends so I began by asking them to assign me to a task related to their lives. Friends were asking me to find out things ranging from how they came out to their parents, to the names of their dogs. Along with the task, I was given a clue to begin my journey and an hour time limit to do my research. The point of this assignment was not to find the answer but to go on a journey with a clear intention. The end result of finding out the correct answer was given less priority, to recording the journey. Out of the dozens of assignments I received, I choose 5 and began searching for answers.
Each person was assigned a specific colour. Jaqueline for example was assigned the colour yellow so every page that is related to the research conducted for Jaqueline's task was printed on yellow paper. This way the audience knows to distinguish which story belongs to whom.
The Reader's journey
Although there was clear categorization of each person by colour, the book is completely randomized. So when a reader is flipping through the book, they are forced to read the stories differently. Since the reader most likely does not know this person, they will not be aware of the linear journey that I took in order to search for the answer, instead they will embark on their own journey. This makes the the narrative of the book forever changing, further adding to the importance of journey, and not the end result.