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The archive has left the building and nobody knows what a book is any more. The third Report from the Gutenberg Galaxy (Blaker) can now be downloaded from www.obs-osv.com/gutenberg. Like its predecessors in the series, the report attempts to reimagine the pasts and prospective futures of the book, taking the archive of the artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard as its point of departure.
In two new essays Matthew Fuller develops the idea of the book as diagram, “swallowing other media systems and forms of knowledge while fragmenting and migrating into new forms”. In dialogue with the experiments carried out by the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism in the archive of Guttormsgaard, Fuller tries to imagine what new forms of readers might be bred in a book culture transfigured by computational forms.
The report also surveys the books of
Asger Jorn and
Rudolf Broby, two twentieth century “professional amateurs” who produced a remarkable trail
of lavish volumes and popular manuals where radical politics came together with avant-garde aspirations and cultural pedagogies. Here, they are presented side by side with a king concerned with securing his sovereignty by means of archival secrecy and innovative
copyright measures, as well as with an artist group outlining an alternative approach to the Blaker archivist:
“Mr. Guttormsgaard, the system is very simple: I archive everything under D, degenerate.”
Edited by Karin Nygård and Ellef Prestsæter, and designed by Anna Prestsæter, the Reports from the Gutenberg Galaxy (Blaker) include contributions by Ina Blom, Constant (Active Archives), Johanna Drucker, Wolfgang Ernst, Sara Afonso Ferreira, Adrian Johns, and Jørn H. Sværen; and can be downloaded for free at www.obs-osv.com/gutenberg