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PublisherMeson Press2019
Archives have become a nexus in the wake of the digital turn. This book sets out to show how expanded archival practices can challenge contemporary conceptions and inform the redistribution of power and resources. Calling for the necessity to reimagine the potentials of archives in practice, the three contributions ask: Can archives fulfill their paradoxical potential as utopian sites in which the analog and the digital, the past and future, and remembrance and forgetting commingle?
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On the ledger and the herbarium: the settling of financial and botanical accounts. From the perspective of the twenty-first century, the age of digital media and TCP/IP protocol architecture, the 1989 discovery of the manuscript of Jules Verne’s Paris in the Twentieth Century (1863) in a locked safe perhaps appears more dramatic than the unpublished novel’s retrospectively tepid dystopian prophecies. Yet its narrator Michel Jérôme Dufrénoy’s employment in the banking house of Casmodage et Cie. provides unexpected insight into what it meant to keep the books in nineteenth-century France. The novel is set in a Paris of the 1960s, when literary culture was ...
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PublisherMeson Press2019
In the wake of the so-called digital revolution numerous attempts have been made to rethink and redesign what scholarly publications can or should be. Beyond the Flow examines the technologies as well as narratives driving this unfolding transformation. However, facing challenges such as the serial crisis, knowledge burying or sudoku research the discourses and practices of scholarly publishing today are mainly shaped by confusion, heterogeneity and uncertainty. By critically interrogating the current state of digital publishing in academia the book asks for how a sustainable post-digital publishing ecology can be imagined.
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PublisherThe Serving Library2011
For this PILOT issue, we have posted PDFs, bound and printed the publication over the first six months of 2011 in advance of launching. From now on, bulletins will be posted to this website as they are ready. If you would like to be told when a new season is complete, and the printed version available, you can join our mailing list. We begin with a plea to remember dead media by Bruce Sterling; an 8-part examination of the Octopus Vulgaris as a metaphor for post-symbolic communication (whatever that might mean) by Angie Keefer; a zero-sum conversation about Libraries and ...
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The intercalations: a paginated exhibition series is conceived as a curatorial-editorial space to both host and critically reflect on the collaborations among members and affiliates of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, while enabling explorations of the book as a form of exhibition architecture in relation to other aesthetic practices in the Anthropocene. In addition to its function as a vehicle to document the collaborations of the SYNAPSE network, this book-as-exhibition series aims to expand the discourse of curatorial knowledge production within a broader multidisciplinary field of research and experimentation. The series gradually ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
This conversation with Liduam Pong is primarily based on the essay she wrote for the first volume of The Funambulist Papers (Punctum Books, 2013). She was describing in it her experience growing up in Cuba where some books were considered as subversive and thus forbidden. This interdiction was followed by the creation of informal clandestine libraries for people to access these books. We therefore speak about the political power a book contains within a simple object, and attempt to understand this power through indirect political means, through the reading of Jorge Luis Borges’s literature and his quest of the infinite. Liduam ...
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PublisherLibrary Stack2020
…There’s no thing for a library to buy and shelve, nor a standardized way to price the media files originating in a platform’s attention economy, where value only correlates to further exchanges of other kinds of labor. In library science terms, these publications might be thought of as the digital versions of realia, physical objects that resist classification but must be cataloged and stored anyways, like honorary jars of dirt, textiles, or other material leftovers from daily life…
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Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. She’s currently a professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research and writing has focused on visual language and letterforms, typography, visual poetry, the history of books and digital aesthetics. In this episode, Jarrett and Johanna talk about her interest in making books as objects, her work on design history, and the being both an artist and academic.
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PublisherShifter2008
Most libraries around the world use the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDCS) to list and categorize books. The DDCS is a library classification system developed by Melvil Dewey in 1876. By categorizing items within a library it serves as a tool for people searching for specific knowledge. It was an attempt to organize all knowledge into ten main classes, which are further subdivided into 100 divisions and 1000 sections. This makes the DDCS appear purely numerical and infinitely rational. However, DDCS is regularly revised, reflecting how culture, ideology, and the perception of knowledge change over time. As a result of ...
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Unfold experiments with the digital folder as a space for curatorial and artistic inquiry. Unfold is an online library of folders in motion, progressively generated by invited guest curators. One after the other they will expand, reorganize and reshape the library engendering new research perspectives. Each Unfold issue hosts shifting constellations of artistic content, books, found objects and software, both newly commissioned and already existing. Like all libraries, this is a space of copies, copies of copies, appropriations, heterogeneity and contradictions. Unfold manifests itself as one transmuting folder to be disclosed and navigated. Its previous stages are preserved as ZIP files. These archived ...
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PublisherThe Volume Project2015
ABOUT UNFOLD #1 A Library Where the Books Have Melted Into One Another and the Titles Have Faded Away Sara Giannini In music, counterpoint is the relationship between two or more voices that are independent in contour and rhythm, and interdependent in harmony. The first installment of Unfold proposes a contrapuntist arrangement for coded texts, found images, field recordings, photocopies, notes and videos extracted from different times and places. Let’s play! Open the folder named “A Library Where the Books Have Melted Into One Another and the Titles Have Faded Away” and you will be led to two series of alphabetically ordered folders. Some of them ...
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PublisherMeson Press2021
Digitization carries the utopian promise of archival access unlimited by constraints of space and time, and with it, of new forms of research and historiographies. In reality, digital image archives pose a complex set of technical, legal, ethical and methodological challenges, particularly for film and media studies and adjacent fields. In a series of studies and interviews with practitioners, scholars and theorists, this volume draws a detailed map of these challenges and offers perspectives for further research and creative practice.

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