Aidan Baker • Passing Through [book]
''close my eyes, feel me now, turn my head into sound''
It all starts from a famous maxim of uncertain authorship – Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – and from a trope that is also a neurological phenomenon – synesthesia, the description or perception of one kind of sensation in terms of another. Smelling words, seeing sounds, hearing colours. Aidan Baker deliberately and skillfully plays with such figures, applying them not only to sensations but also to artistic techniques. The poems in this collection are about artworks that use other media than words – paintings, films and songs by a selection of such artists as Man Ray, Wim Wenders, John Coltrane, and Francisco Goya, among others. Each poem is at once a personal response and a dialogue with the artist, with Baker acting as author, spectator, and mediator. In this sense, besides playing with different senses and media, the collection entwines several literary genres and techniques: fiction and critical essay, poetry and prose, description and narration.
- Alice Cavanna, ed. Occulto Magazine
Exterior: 350 gsm matte Koehler paper, with embossed letters
Interior: 80 gsm Enzo bookpaper.
An edition of 1000
Cover illustration, design & Interior prints by Uğur Altun
Foreword by Alice Cavanna
Release date 15 July 2014