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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 — trying to capture an older medium in a newer one (like making the Gutenberg Bible look like a manuscript, to take the most famous example). In these images, I’m drawn to the serendipity of it all. Like the random access machines to which they belong, these images convey a sense  of the oddity of collision. Reading’s new oxymorons.