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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 …

The Art of Letters

A fascinating interview with the German typographer Erik Spiekerman, who was recently awarded the German Design Lifetime Achievement Award. He makes a compelling comparison between typeface design and musical performance. The score may be the same, but the meaning is different depending on how it is visually interpreted. One of the …

Booktown, or the social glue of books

I was recently at an exhibit at the MOMA in New York called “Foreclosed.” It was about imagining new architectural forms and new urban spaces. I was struck by this particular image: what does the ideal town of the future need? A bookstore of course (and fresh eggs). Look way …