The online exhibition Print Error / Publishing in the digital age proposes to highlight, in a critical, conceptual and experimental way, one of the most important contemporary phenomena: the radical transformation of print media and its impacts on transmission of information and preservation of contents.
Stéphanie Vilayphiou is a Brussels-based graphic designer, member of the collective Open Source Publishing. She is especially interested in sharing of knowledge, questioning its social accessibility and alternatives to copyright. Through commissioned and self-initiated projects she explores manipulation of text: typography, code, vocabulary, translation. She currently works, in the frame of the European research project Libre Graphics Research Unit, on the editing of a reader on the mutual relation between tools, practice and free culture in graphic design.
In The map or the territory she selected a controversial book, Michel Houellebecq’s “The map and the territory”, which became renown for its evident quotes from Wikipedia, non-acknowledged by the author nor by the publisher. She took the book’s digitized text and wrote a software filter, which looks for each sentence (or part of it) in Google Books, finding the same sequences of words in other books. Visually the book transforms then in a digital collage of quotations (whose context is maintained in the background), loosing even the last bit of originality.
Vilayphiou embodies her sharp irony within a functional mechanism, exploiting Google’s industrial collection of texts and smartly expanding the mediating properties of language through the networks.