Print Wikipedia

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Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the challenges of knowing in an episteme of big data. I wrote software that transforms the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database into 7,473 volumes of 700 pages each, complete with covers, and then uploads them for print-on-demand. Built on what is likely the largest appropriation ever made, it is also a work of found poetry that draws attention to the sheer size of the encyclopedia’s content and the impossibility of rendering Wikipedia as a material object in fixed form: once a volume is printed it is already out of date. The work is also a reflection on the actual transparency or completeness of knowledge containers and history.

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This artwork was launched and first exhibited at Denny Gallery in New York City from June 18 – July 11, 2015. The exhibition, From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!, presented a live projected video which displayed a performance of the upload of Print Wikipedia to Lulu.com (a print-on-demand website), and the exhibition of a selection of volumes from the project. I made custom wallpaper that represented floor-to-ceiling bookshelves full of volumes. The upload process lasted 24 days, 3 hours, and 18 minutes and was on continuous view, with the gallery open 24 hours to the public in during the first weekend. Each time a volume was completely uploaded, the script posted to Twitter @PrintWikipedia.

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Print Wikipedia is complimented by a 91 volume Wikipedia Table of Contents and 36 volume Wikipedia Contributor Appendix which lists the names of the 7.5 million Wikipedia users who have made at least a single edit to the website.

www.printwikipedia.com
www.dennygallery.com/exhibitions/fromaaaaatozzzap/

Burned Books

 

 

The Great Recession

The Great Recession

  The Great Recession is an exhibition of new work exploring the psychic implications of this most recent burp by…

Collaborative Futures

Collaborative Futures

Collaborative Futures is a book collaboratively authored about free collaboration.

Oil Standard

Oil Standard screencast from Michael Mandiberg on Vimeo.

Oil Standard is a web browser plug-in that converts all prices from U.S. Dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil. When you load a web page, the script seamlessly inserts converted prices into the page. As the cost of oil fluctuates on the commodities exchange, prices rise and fall in real-time.


Bright Bike

Bright Bike

Bright Bike from Michael Mandiberg on Vimeo. Bright Bike DIY kits cover your bicycle in easy-to-apply design-savvy ultra reflective vinyl…

Digital Foundations

Digital Foundations

Digital Foundations uses formal exercises of the Bauhaus to teach the Adobe Creative Suite. All students of digital design and…

The Real Costs

The Real Costs

Real Costs is a Firefox plug-in that inserts emissions data into travel related e-commerce websites.

The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg

The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg was a 2002 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

It was in the context of a project called The Exchange Program. Beginning April 20th eight collaborators attempted to switch places and props — essentially, switch lives — for ten days, and “play” each other. The Essential Guide to Performing Michael Mandiberg was created to provide instructions on how to “be” or “perform” Michael Mandiberg, ostensibly turning personality into character, and foregrounding the performativity of daily life.

This project was conceived and organized by Michael Mandiberg; the following eight artists realized this project in Los Angeles, and Toronto: Heather Cassils, Lauren Hartman, Sara Jordeno, Curt Lemeiux, Michael Mandiberg, Melanie Nakaue, Amy Satterthwaite, and Haruko Tanaka.

AfterSherrieLevine.com

AfterSherrieLevine.com

A website of scanned versions of Sherrie Levine’s After Walker Evans photographs.