Sara Giannini Dear Alessandro, thanks so much for your participation to Unfold as our 4th guest curator. Your Unfold#4: daily_unfold(ing) seems to show a structuralist approach to the digital folder, constituting the most meta Unfold issue so far! I am referring to the fact that the folders are rarely only containers but rather enunciation and narrative devices. Where did this exploration of the folder structure lead you?

Alessandro Ludovico The folder has been used for its symbolic qualities by net artists and software artists since the ‘90s. These qualities include being a container which has a universal icon, but whose content is only limited by the OS structure or the storage availability. Even in its original formulation in the first Graphic User Interface developed in 1973 at Xerox Parc, the folder, meant as an abstraction of the physical paper one, extensively used in office desktops and drawers, was a specific entity. Its universal icon was not tied to any other structure, nor to any content limit, rising to the status of the fundamental element to sort out digital documents, in a limitless perspective. Starting from here, it was easy to depart towards an artistic investigation that explored its inclusive and intrinsic ever-changing nature. So it becomes the backbone of a text in Lorusso’s work, the behind-the-scenes archive of writing a digital text, and the repository of a hybrid text-machine activity in Kumar’s work…