artist-in-residence Alessandro Ludovico

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    In the post-digital age, digital technology is no longer revolutionary but a normality, everywhere. For music or film, circulation as bits and bytes, downloads and streams are no longer a big deal. But for the world of book and magazine publishing, change has just begun.

    New ways of networked and electronic publishing had been envisioned by avant-garde artists, activists and technologists for more than a century. Even though in hindsight the reports of the death of paper were greatly exaggerated, electronic publishing has now become a reality. How will analog and digital coexist in the post-digital age of publishing? How will they transition, mix and cross over?

    In this book, Alessandro Ludovico rereads the history of avant-garde arts as a prehistory of cutting through the opposites of paper and electronics. He covers, among others, artists’ books and manifests, zines, net art and experimental publishing projects, up to e-readers and print-on-demand.

    Alessandro Ludovico is the editor and publisher of Neural, a magazine for new media arts, and lives in Bari, Italy. Since more than twenty years, he has been working at the edges and fringes of print publishing and politically engaged digital art.

    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. For the rest of the residency period he will undertake a number of social experiments involving the book scanner. The DIY book scanner is an open source project developed by a community spread all over the world. It gives individuals the opportunity to decide what digital books to read (including old, rare or out of print titles if they can scan them), instead of just buying what the major online stores offer. The book scanner can be used to experiment with new book formats, such as customised anthologies or ‘sampled’ books. Alessandro will explore some of these possibilities with students and the public during his time in Eindhoven.

    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. Drop by Onomatopee on May 24th from 17:00-19:30 with your material and join us for a drink.

    Additionally, on May 30th, Alessandro will lead a one-day workshop as part of Baltan’s Tools Series of Baltan Sessions. The Tools Series examines the complex and changing relationships artists and designers have with the technologies and tools they develop, modify or use to create, with an aim to explore social awareness around the tool choices they make as well as the (aesthetic) influences of these choices on the work they create. During the workshop, the book scanner will be used as an input tool to digitise various sources (other books’ chapters and pages, prints of web clips, etc.) and assemble them into book ‘hybrids’, which will then reveal how we can start to proactively create and customise print products, creating new formats.

    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. During the conference we will reread the book, with invited speakers Alessandro Ludovico, Florian Cramer, Adam Hyde (Floss Manuals), Dusan Barok (Monoskop) and Simon Worthington (Mute Magazine) each covering one chapter of Post-Digital Print based on their own field of expertise. The conference will be followed by an informal Q&A over a few drinks.

    20 May 2012
    Book launch: Post-Digital Print. The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894 by Alessandro Ludovico
    Time: 17:00 – 17:30
    Location: Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven location, Rotterdam

    21 May – 2 June 2012
    Alessandro Ludovico in residence at Baltan Laboratories and Onomatopee.
    Location: Onomatopee, Bleekstraat 23, Eindhoven

    24 May 2012
    An evening of books and beer. Eindhoven-based artists and designers are invited to join us to share rare or out of print material that they would like to scan and experiment with in the context of Alessandro’s residency.
    Time: 17:00 – 19:30
    Location: Onomatopee, Bleekstraat 23, Eindhoven

    30 May 2012
    Baltan Session: The Tools Series #6. The Remixed Book.
    A workshop led by Alessandro Ludovico
    Time: 11:00 – 17:00 (workshop for max 10-12 participants). Workshop fee: 10 Euro including lunch, drinks and material
    17:00 – 19:00 public presentation of workshop results. Entrance: 2 Euro (including drinks).
    Location: Onomatopee, Bleekstraat 23, Eindhoven
    To join the workshop, send an email to info[AT] before 28 May.

    2 June 2012
    Book launch and Post-Digital Print Conference
    Location: Onomatopee, Bleekstraat 23, 5611 VB Eindhoven
    With: Alessandro Ludovico, Florian Cramer, Adam Hyde (Floss Manuals), Dusan Barok (Monoskop) and Simon Worthington (Mute Magazine).
    Organised by Onomatopee and Kenniscentrum Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam
    Time: 14:00 – 17:00.
    Entrance fee: 10 euro including a copy of Post-Digital Print
    For more information, send an email to: ellen[AT]

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