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Interiors (2013)


Interiors is now available for purchase online.

Instructions:

1. Buy two additional copies of this publication, so you will have one to disassemble for this project, one to read and admire, and one to keep pristine and undisturbed in flat, dark storage, waiting for profitable appreciation as a fetish object for the collector market. Other required materials: hobby knife, transparent tape, large metal paper clip, flashlight, string or thread. Optional materials: scissors, hole punch, staple remover, 5-inch styrofoam ball

2. Use your hobby knife (or staple remover) to remove the staples from your "project" copy, detaching the cover from the other pages. Set the cover aside, and put the interior pages directly into the trash.

3. With the cover open and flattened, orange side down, use your hobby knife (or scissors) to cut along the dotted line to remove the lower points of the gores.

4. Carefully cut out all of the twelve gores, leaving at least a quarter-inch of uncut paper at the boundary between each gore, so that they stay connected. Make sure there is no white paper remaining at the edge of the gores; it is okay to trim a small amount of the image (1/16 inch) at the border to make sure the white space is gone.

5. Turn the gores over to the orange side. Use a hobby knife to cut out the large dotted circle, and use a standard hole punch (or the hobby knife) to cut out the two smaller dotted circles.

6. Turn the gores back over so that the orange side is down. Curl the left- and rightmost gores upward, fastening them together with a small piece of tape, so that you have created a sort of spiky cylinder, with the pointed ends up, the blunted ends down, and the orange side out. (You can use the styrofoam ball at this stage as a support, if desired.)

7. Curve the pointed ends inward, toward each other, fastening them all together with a single square of tape on the orange side. If you used a styrofoam ball, remove it now. Then bend the blunted ends inward, fastening adjacent gores to each other with twelve very small strips of tape near the bottoms, on the orange side (one strip of tape between each gore).

8. Straighten the paperclip and thread it through the two small holes at the top of the sphere. Bend the paperclip into a suitable hook once it is through both holes, and tie a length of string to it. Use the string to hang the sphere from a nail, a thumb tack, a hook, or anything else that is handy.

9. Turn on your flashlight, shining it into the bottom hole of the sphere (preferably in a darkened or semi-darkened room) and gaze into the hole on the side of the sphere while meditating on the relationship between vision and the fundamental conventions of visual representation.

10. Put the sphere away, and return to your daily life and routines as though nothing happened. Still, sometimes when you make accidental eye contact with a stranger in an elevator, you may give a little smile of smug self-assurance, knowing that they have not seen what you and I have seen; they have not shared what you and I have shared.