Chancebooks

New work: Chancebooks (Paul Soulellis, 2013) is a publishing-on-demand experiment using Wikipedia and chance operations. Each Chancebook is a one-of-a-kind collection of up to 500 randomly pulled articles from Wikipedia. The selection and sequence of content is generated in real-time as the artist repeatedly clicks the “random article” button that appears on all Wikipedia pages and individually adds each page to the book. The total number of articles is determined by first pulling a random number (1–500) at random.org.

The title is determined by the artist from the list of article titles.

Only one copy of each Chancebook exists, printed on-demand and delivered to the artist. The book’s design is automated and determined by the print-on-demand service. Included within each book are the date of creation, the location of the artist and the exact time and duration of the content generation.

Chancebook #1 (Why Does It Hurt So Bad) was created at 2:29pm on 26 March 2013 and delivered to me 29 March 2013.

Chancebook #1, part of ongoing series
26 March 2013 (Why Does It Hurt So Bad)
Digital print-on-demand
Edition of 1
Perfect binding
5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
112 pages

39 articles
Rosa Rosal

Iridostoma
Himalayan Snowcock
The Ice Break
Santa María Coyotepec
Amos K. Hadley
Plasma gasification
Flatland
Fronville
Ndop
Bert Archer
Bud (disambiguation)
Søren Wichmann
WSET
Danny Gormally
Liberty Hill Schoolhouse (Gainesville, Florida)
Pratap Singh Kairon
Derivation
USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)
Shooting at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men’s double-shot running deer
HINDRAF
Fuzzy Duck (band)
The Legion of Doom (mash up group)
Nottingham Concert Band
Sun WorkShop TeamWare
Judo at the 2011 Pan American Games – Men’s 81 kg
Why Does It Hurt So Bad
Francisco de Figueroa
William Pelham (bookseller)
Western Fields
Antonio Enrique Lussón Batlle
Frederick Bligh Bond
2013 Women’s EuroHockey Nations Championship
Vorbarra
Central African Republic parliamentary election, 1964
Lake Chelan AVA
2000 Purdue Boilermakers football team
Vertigo ovata
Ucchan Nanchan no Honō no Challenge: Denryū Ira Ira Bō

2 Comments

  1. love this project/sketch/event in the constellation of these things you’re making
    (why does it hurt so bad?)

  2. this is so good.dissolving of boundaries.

    I’m not tired of all good books, I’m just tired of novels and stories, even good ones, or ones that are supposed to be good. These days, I prefer books that contain something real. I don’t want to be bored by someone’s imagination. Most people’s imaginations just aren’t very interesting—you can guess where the author got this idea and that idea. You can predict what will come next before you finish reading the sentence. It all seems so arbitrary.

    From Lydia Davis’s story “Not Interested,”

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