Digital anthropologists Juliano Spyer and Cosimo Lupo will showcase "Homer", a book scanner constructed of everyday objects – a digital camera, a recycled box and a piece of glass from Poundland shop – powered by an open source software and a laptop. The scanned material is readable on iPad and computer as searchable PDF and text.
This digital nod to the Gutenberg press will be showcased at "Whatever is to become of books?" event at the London Design Festival 2011 at the Department of Anthropology, UCL, on 17 September. In this clip, the prototype is used to scan the King James I bible to mark the 400th anniversary of the completion of the authorised version in 1611. This is in line with the festival’s main showcase at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Event programme: http://www.sojournposse.com/?page_id=6625
'Five Minutes With' - interviews on the future of books: http://www.sojournposse.com/?cat=582
TICKETS, £3.73 (non-profit event. £1 for Tsunami drive, £0.73 for Paypal fee. £2, food and drinks): http://storyofbooks.eventbrite.com/
The soundtrack is written by Brad Sucks, an "open source music" or "copyleft" initiative by Brad Turcotte http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Sucks
Videography: Kevin Biderman (Digital Anthropology). Directed and produced by Sojournposse.