Jennifer W. Leung reviewed my solo exhibition this summer, From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!, October’s Artforum. I am grateful to her for writing something really thoughtful that I have learned from. It was in the October print edition, so you need to be a subscriber to view it online.
Print Wikipedia is included in the exhibition, A to 12 at the Hopkins Hall Gallery at Ohio State University. I’m delighted to be in the company of artists who I admire and respect: Andy Warhol, Carmen Winant, Ed Ruscha, Lenka Clayton, Natalie Bookchin, William E. Jones, Christian Marclay, Shana Lutker and John Baldessari. Particular shout out to Natalie Bookchin, one of my graduate school advisors. It was curated by Kris Paulsen’s excellent class; I was really impressed with them.
After 24 days, 3 hours, and 18 minutes, Print Wikipedia was fully uploaded on July 12. Over 7,600 volumes have been uploaded for print-on-demand to Lulu.com. In August I will show one volume and a video from the upload process in the exhibition at the ISEA conference in Vancouver. I’ll be selling and showing a few volumes in the Internet Yami-ichi at Knockdown Center on September 12th. It has been exciting to see this project fully realized and come to fruition, thank you to everyone who has shown their support.
Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times, Print Wikipedia Project Reaches Final Entry
Beckett Mufson, The Creators Project, What We Learned from Printing Wikipedia as a Book
Casey Quackenbush, New York Observer, Print Wikipedia Fully Uploaded, But No Buyer
PrintWikipedia.com now features an infinite scroll of all 7,473 volumes, 91 volumes of the Table of Contents and the 36 volume Contributor Appendix. Each book icon links to that volume’s Lulu.com page.
During the upload process I really enjoyed seeing the stream of juxtaposed titles on the @PrintWikipedia twitter feed. Here are a few of my favorites:
Uploaded Volume 1259, "Breaking heart – Breathe Again" http://t.co/0puhyxW7Yl
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) June 23, 2015
Uploaded Volume 2619, "Gettysburg adress – Get the Message" http://t.co/JlOPKb99Iq
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) June 28, 2015
Uploaded Volume 2763, "Guns n' Roses – Gun laws in Florida" http://t.co/HpFOAhsSwS
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) June 28, 2015
Uploaded Volume 3219, "I Ain't About to Sing – I Can't Tell You Why" http://t.co/NXsm5e3ahb
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) June 29, 2015
Uploaded Volume 3677, "Lambda Calculus – Lamb of God (band)" http://t.co/BgN5iIek06
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) July 7, 2015
Uploaded Volume 4291, "List of serial killers by country – List of Shakespearean characters L-Z" http://t.co/7MVCM8lPtp
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) July 9, 2015
Uploaded Volume 6826, "Timeline of Orthodoxy in America – Timeline of racial tension in Omaha, Nebraska" http://t.co/6pjHKDVF7k
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) July 8, 2015
Uploaded Volume 6886, "Tor network – Totally Hits (album)" http://t.co/tBtt3B2p05
— Print Wikipedia (@PrintWikipedia) July 8, 2015
Check out a new video from the Wikimedia Foundation, shot by Victor Grigas, which gives a great brief overview of Print Wikipedia:
Also, here is another great video on the project put together by Lulu.com:
More press coverage on the project from:
Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times, Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves
Will Greenberg, The Washington Post, Ever wondered what a $500,000 version of Wikipedia would look like?
Casey Quackenbush, The New York Observer, Artist Converts Wikipedia to Print- Maybe It’s Not Dead After All
Blake Gopnik, Artnet News, Artist Michael Mandiberg Is Selling a Hard Copy of All 7,473 Volumes of Wikipedia as Art at Denny Gallery
Nicole Walsh, VICE, Meet the Man Printing Wikipedia as a Book
Hannah Ghorashi, ARTnews, FROM AAAAA! TO ZZZAP!: MICHAEL MANDIBERG ON HIS PLAN TO PRINT WIKIPEDIA
Dan Damon, BBC World Update, Why Print Copies of Wikipedia?
My solo exhibition at Denny Gallery has already gotten some really great press! I’m deeply honored to be featured in a New York Times article published on Tuesday. Other articles are out in the Washington Post, the New York Observer and ARTnews.
Today is the opening of the exhibition that will launch Print Wikipedia: a new artwork in which custom software transforms the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia into 7,471 of volumes and uploads them for print-on-demand. I’m excited to be launching this project in a solo exhibition, From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!, at Denny Gallery in New York, on view from June 18th to July 2nd.
During the first weekend of the exhibition (June 18th-21st), the gallery will be open 24 hours as the computer continues the upload process without pause. If you aren’t able to visit the gallery in person, you can follow the process on Twitter; we will post to the @PrintWikipedia Twitter account after it finishes each volume.
After five years of work, I’m proud to announce Print Wikipedia, a new artwork in which custom software parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database, programmatically lays out thousands of volumes, complete with covers, and then uploads them for print-on-demand.
I’m excited to be launching this project in a solo exhibition, From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!, at Denny Gallery in the Lower East Side on June 18th. The exhibition will run from June 18th-July 2nd. From June 18th-20th the gallery will be open 24 hours so that visitors can view the entire upload process in real time, at any time.
For details, see the press release below. I hope to see you at the opening reception! For those of you far away, you can follow the upload process at the website, and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrintWikipedia
Two pages from my new work was sent to over 30 museums around the world, unsolicited, as part of David Horvitz’s project Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) this summer. David filled archival boxes with 30 copies of a group show of print artworks and mailed them to museums around the world. My contribution is below.
Can you see where this is going? More soon!
Other artists in the project are Marley Freeman, Sena Başöz, Lukas Geronimas, Sara Magenheimer, Ed Steck, Michael Bell-Smith, Duane Linklater, Jamie Chan, Zach Houston, Jamie Stewart, Ann Böttcher, Julia Weist, Anne Lai, R. Lyon, Mia Nolting, Karen Adelman, Denise Schatz and Natalie Beall, Amalia Ulman, Sydney Kim, Michael Bühler-Rose, Siriol Joyner, Leif Hedendal, Vanessa Safavi, Kristina Lee Podesva, Mary Walling Blackburn, Taeyoon Choi.
Early September in New York is full of more art openings any one person can keep track of, let alone attend. I spent last night popping between a handful of carefully chosen ones, pedaling along, courtesy of my finally working CitiBike card. As I was walking from the last opening to grab a slice I walked by a show and noticed a name I recognized out of its usual context. The opening was clearly about to end, but I popped in.
Mark Strand studied painting at Yale with Josef Albers, but I was unaware that he was still making visual work. I checked the press release: yep, the same Mark Strand. I wandered through, wondering which of the many white haired men he was.
I found him, but not because I recognized him. A woman recognized me from a show I was at earlier in the evening. She chatted me up, and in the process pointed him out to me. He was a tall thin white haired white man, wearing a rumpled white linen coat. I approached him while he held hands with his wife. I told him the story:
I asked him if he remembered visiting a small high school in Portland, Oregon in the mid 90’s. He said yes he did, and asked if I was there at the time? Yes, I told him, after his reading he came to my English class. I was a junior. We had just finished 25 page research papers on American poets. He asked us to go around the room and tell him who we had written on.
When it was my turn I told him I had written on Walt Whitman. “Whitman’s not much of a poet!” he retorted, pausing, looking at me, inviting me in to spar. I defended Whitman to the best of my abilities. I don’t really remember exactly what I said, as my memory has encoded and re-encoded the exchange. What matters is that in the version I am left with, I held my own against the former poet laureate. Last night I told him I argued for the importance of plain verse, and that Whitman’s catalogs were as great and various as America itself.
He was smiling. A kind of taught mouthed smile. I couldn’t tell if he remembered or not, and frankly why should he, but he clearly recognized himself in the story.
After I finished, he leaned in a little bit and said: “You know, you were right about Whitman. I’ve come around on him.” He smiled, showing his teeth. And his wife sweetly lead him away to the post-opening reception for which they were late.
AfterSherrieLevine is included in Fake It! (Limited Edition), an exhibition at Fabrica de Pensule in Cluj Romania, curated by Horea Avram. They are including a computer with a printing and framing station, so you can print out, sign and frame your own image from the site.
From Avram’s curatorial statement:
The “sources” to which the works of this exhibition make reference are appropriated, diverted, plagiarized, or parodied with various visual and tactical means: from video to object, to photography, performance and online intervention. In this sense, the idea of fake is seen not only as a working instrument confined to the art field but one that addresses directly the larger context of culture, society and politics. Therefore, the imperative of the title points precisely to the evident actuality and implicit diversity of such a theme.
The exhibition runs from October 5th through November 20th, 2012.
I am in a downloadable group exhibition entitled “you and I may not hurry it with a thousand poems my darling but nobody will stop it With all the Policemen in The World.zip.” Released June 1st, the exhibition is a bouquet of spring flowers to broadcast far and wide.
This exhibition may be freely downloaded, printed, exhibited, published, copied, etc… from this link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/qxr6bo . There are no installation instructions. The recommended print sizes are listed in the works list PDF. The zipped folder will will remain available as long as the sendspace link is active. They will not be re-uploaded.
With: Anjum Asharia and Marisa Jahn, BFFA3AE, Claudia Sola, David Horvitz, Hans Aarsman, Jon Rafman, Kristina Lee Podesva, Marysia Lewandowska, Michael Mandiberg, Mishka Henner, Natalie Häusler, Vlatka Horvat