The thirteenth edition of documenta, the prestigious German contemporary art festival, wrapped up September 2012. As a teaser for that festival, the organizers, along with Hatje Cantz, put together a list of 100 slim volumes titled 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts which “comprise facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.” The long list of artists and theorists covered includes Ruins or Books favorites Kenneth Goldsmith, William Kentridge and Florian Hecker. And the titles are largely available at the project site (or perhaps at your local art book shop), and a browse of the project site will reveal that several of the later episodes are available free via PDF.
The following pictures come from the Alejandro Jodorowsky volume. The contents being a reproduction of a notebook that, despite the impeccably lettered cover, has nothing to do with the aborted Dune film project. Instead its pages are full of Jodorowsky’s obsession with the Tarot de Marseille. This obsession lasted decades and may offer you at least a partial answer to the question “what has he been doing for the last 30 years?”. In fact Jodorowsky maintained an interest in this centuries old Tarot deck, finally releasing an edition based on his research in 1998 with Philippe Camion.