The mysterious black bead - from Skybridge Studios (Lisa Iversen)


Lisa Iversen (Skybridge Studios) is sending me this beautiful piece. I say piece because I am not entirely sure in which category to put it. When I received it our conversation went something like this: 
M - Thank you for your wonderful bookie, Lisa. 
L - The black bead is supposed to be a volcano. 
M - black bead? I can't see any black bead? 
L - Don't be so slow (she didn't say that). It's not a bookie, it's an envelope. You have to tear it open to remove the content.



I didn't want to ruin Lisa's work but I was really desperate for the volcano/bead, so I did as she told me, but the envelope was looking more and more like... a book, and no sign of bead. What do you think, can you see it? Did something get lost in translation and I am looking for something that is right in front of my eyes?



Whatever it is, I can't help seeing it as a book. It could easily be telling a story, with elegant illustrations, and several (at least 3) examples of asemic writing, maybe vispo too? This is an inspiring work, I now feel like making books with hidden compartments and sliding doors. Lisa, thank you very much for sending, I love it!





September 7, update: Found it!!



Tightly sewn into two fragile pages of Alice in Wonderland.


And... it's a volcano alright! Well worth the wait. Thank you Lisa!




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Comment by Marie Wintzer on September 23, 2011 at 9:11am
I have to come back to this blog, because I just found out that I completely missed the reference and tribute to the Little Prince, my favorite book. If you look at the zipper pull (the last picture) you can see a planet, a rose, a volcano, and the Little Prince himself. I can't believe I didn't see that!! Thank you Lisa!
Comment by Marie Wintzer on September 7, 2011 at 12:32pm
Check out the update :-)))
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 5, 2011 at 1:22am
Catherine, you're stunned by the Skybridge masterpiece or Brion Gysin? From the beginning, I said that rabbit has beady eyes.
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 4, 2011 at 7:39pm

I just received a message through eternal network cosmic channeling. Burroughs (left) and Gysin (right) are on the waiting list for aemics 16 #6:

Comment by David Stafford on September 4, 2011 at 7:34pm
One more thing...I love the beaded volcano mix up...Somewhere Brion Gysin is looking down from the collagosphere and smiling.
Comment by David Stafford on September 4, 2011 at 7:27pm


I too got one of Lisa's books which intimidated me because I had read her instructions before it arrived and thought, "Oh, man, this is way beyond my abilities." But...I figured it least how to navigate its complex structure...The intent, as with most things from the mailbox museum,  is harder to discern but Lisa's imagery is typically wide-ranging and her juxtapositions (medieval silhouettes and bar codes) are evidence of her dry wit. (My fave is the dog finishing up his business.) The asemic writing is like a rosetta stone printed upside down and backward and in fact, I did look at Sir Walter Raleigh's talking pipe smoke in a mirror in hopes of finding some DaVinciesque message hidden in plain sight but no such luck. Resistant to interpretation, Lisa leaves her message up to the viewer which makes it poetry.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 4:37pm
My earlier comment about directions was tongue-in-check. Has Skybridge applied the concept of asemic writing to the book itself? We have apparent codes, paths to follow that will lead to something meaningful. But, hey, it's asemics; maybe no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow except having gone through the process.
Comment by Bifidus Jones on September 3, 2011 at 3:58pm
Beautiful work, great background story, Marie:-)
Comment by DKeys on September 3, 2011 at 3:22pm
really amazing-and through the rabbit hole you go. Amazing concept Lisa!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 3, 2011 at 1:02pm
This is a real gem in the project - very unique. I received it and love it! I appreciate that it now comes with instructions. Wonderful, Lisa!



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