Codex: Embodied Language and the Form of the Book

Peter Rutledge Koch, founding director of the biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium, delivers an illustrated talk about the role of the book as a work of art in contemporary practice. He will discuss how he and a few friends started the Codex Foundation, the world’s most important global marketplace for fine press books, artist books, and fine art editions, right here in Berkeley just twelve years ago. Learn more at

Peter Koch is an artist, printer, and publisher of fine press and artist books. His studios in Berkeley issue books under the imprints of Peter Koch Printer, Editions Koch, and Hormone Derange Editions. His forthcoming retrospective at Stanford University Library (2017) and at the Grolier Club in New York City (2019) spans a four-decade career in printing and the arts of the book.