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Reading’s Design

One of the nicest books I received in the mail recently was The Association of American University Presses’ catalogue to the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show (2013). It’s a gorgeous reminder of the creativity of book designers, not to mention the vibrancy of academic publishing. Book design is one of …

New Word Art

The interest in language as a visual and material medium continues to grow. The more we lose in this area electronically, the more we are learning to value it. A new exhibit, “Postscript,” now on view at the Denver Museum for Contemporary offers a nice look at the history of …

Powerpoint Art

A new film by Tan Lin screening at an event put on by Triple Canopy. The film is a silent, haunting look at the language and typography of Powerpoint. It’s slow and mundane and very literal, like a dream of all the conferences ever, where instead of falling asleep while …

The Art of Broken

Over the past decade or so, a number of artists have been experimenting with the art of book demolition. As Garrett Stewart suggests in his definitive handbook of the movement, Bookwork, such practices of undoing books are akin to what he calls “demediation” — taking books out of their functional …

Books, Evidence and Art

A wonderful exhibit currently running at the Foley Gallery in New York called “Beautiful Evidence,” one that brings together a profound sense of the scientific and the whimsical. Books don’t seem to tell us the truth here, but make us wonder. These are curiosities in the Renaissance sense of the term.

Google Book Art

A nice collection of images from Google Books, showing the visual and informational paradoxes of digitization — what is lost, found, and fused. I’m drawn in particular to the accidental nature of it all. We have many examples in the history of reproduction technologies of what is known as remediation …

In the Mood

A new app from Ghostly music allows you to program your playlist from their archive based on your “mood.” Choices range from sad to aggressive and include two other metrics for more/less digital, and faster/slower. It’s a very cool idea and a very mixed bag in terms of what it …