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Printer Prosthetic: Futura

Artist
Hansjörg Mayer
Price
$20.00
Date
2017
Publisher
Printed Matter Inc.
Format
Artists' Books
ISBN
9780894390937
Size
15 × 23 cm
Length
240 pp
Genre
Contemporary Art, Typography
Description

Printer Prosthetic: Futura is conceived as an “experimental reprint” of artist, publisher, and printer Hansjörg Mayer’s seminal Futura (1965–1968), a series of twenty-six artworks each published as a folded, single-page pamphlet. Using this collection of Concrete and Fluxus works as a starting point, Printer Prosthetic: Futura re-interprets the poems by means of mechanical mediation, outputting the originals through a set of controlled and chance operations.

The artists worked with industrial designer Siyao Zhu, producing a custom 3D-printed “prosthetic” device which allowed them to manipulate the encoder strip of a desktop printer. The individual poems of the Futura pamphlets were run through a HP DeskJet 1112 while the artists interfered with the rhythm of the printhead by adjusting the track on which it moves. Via programmed sequences made using Arduino, an open-source electronic prototyping platform, a physical arm would work in conjunction with the printer to generate the printed works. The resulting work is a set of new, altered text pieces that are conceptually distinct from the original while still bearing a formal similarity.

The project presents a number of interesting considerations, providing a meditation on the nature of Concrete Poetry and exploring the ability of language to deliver meaning at the boundaries of intentionality when text is pushed over into object or image, where does that transferal of meaning take place as one level of abstraction is compounded into another.

The publication is produced in two parts. The first section is comprised of an instructional manual for both recreating the prosthetic and modding a desktop printer, and indexes the parameters of the re-printing process. An essay by Roxana Fabius offers a history of Mayer’s series and positions this new project in relationship to that work. The second part includes the outcomes of the reprinting process.

  1. Printer Prosthetic: Futura 01
  2. Printer Prosthetic: Futura 02
  3. Printer Prosthetic: Futura 03
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