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Studio updates, current events, and archival posts from 2014-2017.

LIBRARY OF THE PRINTED WEB 3 OPENS AT OFFPRINT LONDON

Library of the Printed Web 3 debuts at Offprint London tomorrow as part of Photo London presented by the Tate Modern in the Turbine Hall. Featuring 147 artists from around the world, this document is a snapshot of artists "who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web." Available in an array of IRL and URL formats, the diversity of this publication's identity is as complex as the content it presents.

Earlier this year, I announced an open call for the third issue of Printed Web, a semi-annual publication dedicated to web-to-print discourse. I received a stunning array of files from recognized artists like Olia Lialina, Kim Asendorf, and Clement Valla, but the real beauty of the open call was connecting with a new group of people working with material found or created on the web — 147 contributors in all. A particularly diverse view of networked culture formed on my desktop through an accumulation of notes, attachments, tweets, and downloads. Gathering this community around Printed Web was immensely satisfying for me, and I wanted to include every submission in the issue — but having received hundreds of PDFs, JPGs, PNGs, and GIFs, the logistical challenges to this have been considerable.
Library of the Printed Web 3 - Chinatown Edition: Full color, print-on demand pages modified with hand-stitched binding, white hardcover and black foil stamping on spine wrapped in a thick neoprene PDF skin. 538 pages/6 x 9 in. | Image by Paul Soulellis © 2015

Library of the Printed Web 3 - Chinatown Edition: Full color, print-on demand pages modified with hand-stitched binding, white hardcover and black foil stamping on spine wrapped in a thick neoprene PDF skin. 538 pages/6 x 9 in. | Image by Paul Soulellis © 2015

My intention had always been to publish all of the files in a single print edition, but as submissions poured in, I decided that “scattering” the material across different networked versions would allow the project to occupy multiple positions in a way that suited its multiplicitous content.
Library of the Printed Web 3 - Reader/Index: Paperback black-and-white print-on-demand book with uncoated cream-colored interior pages. 388 pages/5 x 8 in. ISBN 9781320767903 | Image by Paul Soulellis © 2015

Library of the Printed Web 3 - Reader/Index: Paperback black-and-white print-on-demand book with uncoated cream-colored interior pages. 388 pages/5 x 8 in. ISBN 9781320767903 | Image by Paul Soulellis © 2015

A cheap, black-and-white, print-on-demand paperback book becomes just one of the physical artifacts of Printed Web 3. All of the artists’ files come together in this Index/Reader as a “defense of poor media,” prioritizing accessibility and circulation over craft and polish. Potent texts by Alexander Galloway (an interview) and Silvio Lorusso (a manifesto), grabbed from the web, provide some context and framing.
Library of the Printed Web - Neoprene Skins: Full color PDF pages on thick neoprene fabric. 24 x 31 in. | Image by Paul Soulellis © 2015

Library of the Printed Web - Neoprene Skins: Full color PDF pages on thick neoprene fabric. 24 x 31 in. | Image by Paul Soulellis © 2015

A collection of 10 print-on-demand zines focuses the material into curated groupings. A tight selection of 10 images printed onto neoprene fabric slows some of the work down even further, wrapping PDFs around books like insulating skin.
Library of the Printed Web 3 - Online: Rhizome Home Page

Library of the Printed Web 3 - Online: Rhizome Home Page

If the books, zines, and skins are a meager attempt to fix some stability into the work as printout matter, the files are also offered for download in several different formats, allowing “readers” of Printed Web 3 to perform their own versions of the material. A 147-page-frame GIF compresses all the material into a single loop, while all 329 files submitted to the open call are organized into artist folders as an archive (in the order that I received them). These files, available via Dropbox or a server directory on rhizome.org, may be browsed, downloaded, printed, posted, and circulated.
— Paul Soulellis
Library of the Printed Web 3 - Online: Folder 72 - ABSOLUTE ZERO

Library of the Printed Web 3 - Online: Folder 72 - ABSOLUTE ZERO

Library of the Printed Web was created, curated and edited by Paul Soulellis. Offprint London (5/22-5/24) was brought to the Tate Modern by Simon Baker. ABSOLUTE ZERO is a screenshot of the online component featured in a social media-based solo exhibition from early 2015.