Library of the Printed Web

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Library of the Printed Web is a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web. LotPW includes self-published artists’ books, photo books, texts and other print works gathered around the casual concept of “search, compile and publish.”

Artists featured in LotPW drive through vast landscapes of data to collect and transform digital information, visual and otherwise, into analog experience; every work in the collection is a printed expression of search engine pattern discovery. Many of the works in LotPW share common production and publishing techniques (i.e., print-on-demand), even as the content itself varies widely.

I’ve assembled this set of materials because I see evidence of a strong, emerging web-to-print-based artistic practice based on the search engine and other algorithmic operations; as this view matures, the inventory of LotPW may grow to reflect new concepts and methodologies.

Rather than draw boundaries or define a new aesthetic with LotPW, I posit this presentation of printed artifacts as a reference tool for studying shifting relationships between the web (as culture), the artist (as archivist) and print publishing (as a new/old self-serve schema for expressing the archive).

Library of the Printed Web exists both as a physical collection of book works and as an online representation of these works. The permanent collection is based in Long Island City, NY and includes one copy of each item in the inventory, except where noted. LotPW will launch as a table-top presentation at Theorizing the Web, CUNY Graduate Center, 1–2 March 2013.

Artists included in Library of the Printed Web as of 1 March 2013.

Mimi Cabell
John Cayley
Ether Press
Fathom Information Design
Traivs Hallenbeck
David Horvitz
Daniel C. Howe
Jason Huff
Karolis Kosas

Jonathan Lewis
Guthrie Lonergan
Silvio Lorusso
Heidi Neilson
Doug Rickard
Joachim Schmid
Andreas Schmidt
Sebastian Schmieg

Benjamin Shaykin
Victor Sira
Paul Soulellis
Elisabeth Tonnard
Penelope Umbrico
Clement Valla
Elliot Vredenburg
Michael Wolf
John Zissovici

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