Temporary Press publishes books around art and design with an interest in ideas and practices exploring alternative or incidental notions of design. With limited resources, the press relies on economical design and production methods, often with a black-only Risograph and simple tools. Based in Singapore since 2018, Temporary Press is run by gideon-jamie and distributed internationally by Idea Books (ideabooks.nl). Contact us via email (email@example.com) or IG (@temporarypress)
by Darius Ou
designed by gideon-jamie
printed by Temporary Press
edition of 500
102 pages, Risograph Printed with a full-colour digital print foldout page
155 × 214mm, comb bound
limited copies comes with bookmarks made using 3D-printed filament scraps from printing the original CORPUS
CORPUS is a 3D-printed work that takes the form of a single-edition book, conceptualised, designed, and printed by graphic designer Darius Ou. This eponymous publication is a reproduction of that original work — a photocopied, bootleg-like reproduction that is also designed on its own terms.
As a word that means both a dead body and a body of text, CORPUS is a response to the overmentioned “print is dead” catchphrase and questions what this means for non-traditional printing practices like 3D printing. Does “print” here refer to the method or material? Would a 3D-printed book then be considered dead even before it has a chance to live?
This non-3D-printed edition paradoxically imagines the pre-existence or beforelife of CORPUS, which in the author’s words, explores the relationship between materiality and mortality, dimensionality and causality, and the afterlife of the codex.