The Social Life of the Book is a collection of commissioned texts dealing with books, and how they engage with the circulation of ideas and the agency of social situations. It brings together artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. who consider books less as finished objects or forms but for their disruptive potential and their ability to produce new relationships, new publics and new meanings.
It develops as a series of 16-page, saddle- stitched signatures. In its contents as well as its distribution, the series aims to entice readers into a particular attention not only to printed material as such, but also to the ecosystem of knowledge writing, publishing and distributing form together.
The last issue, SLOB (The Social Life of the Book) #4: Kinesics of the Page, by Avigail Moss, is now available.
Addressing parallel questions, SLOR #01 – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere plays off its format and inaugurates the new series The Social Life of the Record, a series of original texts by musicians, fans, critics, collectors, dealers, label owners etc. — reflecting on recording, releasing, listening to, filing, flipping and DJing records today.