with: Alessandro Ludovico
In this post-digital age, digital technology is no longer a revolutionary phenomenon but a normal part of everyday life. The mutation of music and film into bits and bytes, downloads and streams is now taken for granted. For the world of book and magazine publishing however, this transformation has only just begun.
Still, the vision of this transformation is far from new. For more than century now, avant-garde artists, activists and technologists have been anticipating the development of networked and electronic publishing. Although in hindsight the reports of the death of paper were greatly exaggerated, electronic publishing has now certainly become a reality. How will the analog and the digital coexist in the post-digital age of publishing? How will they transition, mix and cross over?
In this book, Alessandro Ludovico re-reads the history of the avant-garde arts as a prehistory of cutting through the so-called dichotomy between paper and electronics. Ludovico is the editor and publisher of Neural, a magazine for critical digital culture and media arts. For more than twenty years now, he has been working at the cutting edge (and the outer fringes) of both print publishing and politically engaged digital art.
In collaboration with Kenniscentrum Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam
size: 9.2 x 1.5 x 25.2 cm
colour: Black & pink
graphic design: Eric de Haas
editor: Joe Monk
From 21 May to 2 June, Alessandro Ludovico will be working as artist-in-residence at Baltan Laboratories and Onomatopee in Eindhoven. During this time he will be exploring the distributed archive and tools for post-digital print, stemming from research presented in his new book. Working with local students, he will build a DIY book scanning machine. Visitors to Onomatopee are welcome during the residency period. Specifically, we are also launching an open call for local artists and designers to bring us rare or out of print material that they would like to scan and experiment with in the context of the residency. Additionally, on 30 May, Alessandro will lead a one-day workshop as part of Baltan’s Tools Series of Baltan Sessions.
The whole process will be documented, visualised and published as a supplement to the book, which will be launched on the occasion of the Post-Digital Print conference on 2 June at Onomatopee. The conference will reread the book by inviting one speaker for each chapter. By using each speaker’s expertise of his own field, covering Post-Digital Print’s full scope. After which we will have an informal Q&A over a few drinks.
2 June: Book launch and Post-Digital Print Conference
With: Alessandro Ludovico, Florian Cramer, Nat Muller, Marcell Mars, Dusan Barok (Monoskop) and Simon Worthington (Mute Magazine)
In collaboration with Baltan Laboratories and Kenniscentrum Creating 010