Blind and Fake: Exploring the Geography of the Expanded Book

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Blind and Fake: Exploring the Geography of the Expanded Book
Author(s) Hellström Reimer, Maria ; Lapcevic, Milica ; Simeone, Luca
Date 2011
Editor(s) Koskinen, Ilpo; Härkäsalmi, Tiina; Mazé, Ramia; Matthews, Ben; Lee, Jung-Jong
English abstract
It seems like we are now rapidly leaving the galaxy of printed matter. As screen-based media is making its entry into our everyday lives, it is pushing aside an object – the book - that has structured our forms of being together for almost six hundred years. This shift is not absolute but successive, and it raises a lot of questions. What kind of mediating practices are developing beyond printed media? And how do these practices structure and organize common spaces and publicities? Even though today, we are far into the electronic age, in a way we are still suspended in between modern individualized life and new, more floating societal formations. Therefore, rather than presupposing the disappearance of the book, this paper approaches the idea of the book as an expanded and inter-medial “boundary object” (Star and Griesemer 1989). In this respect, the point of departure is the expanded book project Roma Europa Fake Factory (REFF) (Henderson et. al. 2010) – a platform for global discussion and exchange concerning the management and governance of new public spheres in the electronic age. Playing out the visual authority of the printed text against the flickering of the net through the use of inter-mediating QR codes (Quick Response Codes) and fiducial markers, the project constituted a critical and artefactual intervention, remixing and mashing up the forcible means of the printed word with the intermediary potentials of electronic circuits. In the paper, we discuss the project through one of the contributions – Blind Points of Transition – a combined text- and video-based dialogue; on the one hand an exploration of the book and the net as different locations, and on the other hand a tentative mapping of the intermediary territory between two geographically separate places. Focusing on the transition of text through different media, the paper critically examines the spatial expansion and modifications of the book as it enters electronic circuits, thus proposing a ‘blind and fake’, or in other words a questioning form of boundary modification; dislocating the critical focus from visuality to agency and from permanent property to intermediary production.
Publisher School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Host/Issue Proceedings of the Nordes’11: The 4th Nordic Design Research Conference MAKING DESIGN MATTER!;
Pages 68-76
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note Nordes’11: The 4th Nordic Design Research Conference MAKING DESIGN MATTER! 29-31 May, 2011. School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12921 (link to this page)
Link http://ocs.sfu.ca/nordes/index.php/nordes/2011 (external link to related web page)

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