One of the joys of this fall has been getting to know the faculty at Minot State where I have a one year Visiting Instructor position. Due to the housing crunch in Minot, Micah Bloom and his family opened their home to me. Their hospitality has been overwhelming. I have enjoyed getting to know Micah, seeing his work with students, and seeing his own art projects. Micah is trained as a painter, but has recently taken on a very interesting video project rooted in Minot and its recent flood.
Micah is a bike commuter and on one of his trips encountered these books strewn about by the flood...they were deposited along the road way, through the trees, in the tree branches, along the train tracks etc.. It was something that caught his artistic vision, but also was near to his heart. Micah speaks about books as if they are a sort of sacred object...to be treated with care. Thus for him to come upon hundreds of books decaying in the dirt, sun, and snow for nearly a year and half sparked something within him. Codex is the resultant project. He enlisted the help of several MSU students and set about recording and documenting the books for a larger video and installation project. Well, I've said a lot about it...take a few minutes...listen to Micah, watch the trailers, and if you can help out with funding, even a few bucks, puts him closer to completing this vision. Take a look at it here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1984027192/codex