Post-Digital Print – The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894

Post-Digital Print – The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894
by Alessandro Ludovico

In this post-digital age, digital technology is no longer a revolutionary phenomenon but a normal part of everyday life. The mutation of music and film into bits and bytes, downloads and streams is now taken for granted. For the world of book and magazine publishing however, this transformation has only just begun. Still, the vision of this transformation is far from new. For more than century now, avant-garde artists, activists and technologists have been anticipating the development of networked and electronic publishing. Although in hindsight the reports of the death of paper were greatly exaggerated, electronic publishing has now certainly become a reality. How will the analog and the digital coexist in the post-digital age of publishing? How will they transition, mix and cross over? ?

In this book, Alessandro Ludovico re-reads the history of the avant-garde arts as a prehistory of cutting through the so-called dichotomy between paper and electronics.

Alessandro Ludovico will be working as artist-in-residence at Baltan Laboratories and Onomatopee in Eindhoven. During this time he will be exploring the distributed archive and tools for post-digital print, stemming from research presented in his new book. Working with local students, he will build a DIY book scanning machine.

Open call for local artists and designers to bring rare or out of print material that they would like to scan and experiment with in the context of the residency.
The whole process will be documented, visualised and published as a supplement to the book, which will be launched on the occasion of the Post-Digital Print conference which will reread the book by inviting one speaker for each chapter. By using each speaker’s expertise of his own field, covering Post-Digital Print’s full scope.
Speakers include: Alessandro Ludovico, Florian Cramer, Adam Hyde (Floss Manuals), Dusan Barok (Monoskop) and Simon Worthington (Mute Magazine).

May 21 – June 2, 2012
Onomatopee, Eindhoven

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