Off the Press: Electronic Publishing in the Arts
Session #1: Today's Book Publishing
22 MAY 2014, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
The post-digital print era has definitely begun. On one hand, the boom in net content or IT process-based artists’ books, and the collective e'ort to scan underground print culture and share it in digital repositories, is revamping the production and rediscovery of critical content in a classic form. On the other hand, the unveiling of Google’s huge industrial scanning plans, the growing unsustainability of newspapers’ business models, the growing role of software in literary and journalistic production, and the constant fine-tuning of commercial e-publications’ rules are slowly changing the industrial printed mediascape. The resulting scenario helps to shed new light onto the role of networks in these processes, and the possibility of considering them as agents rather than as media per se.