Per Capita

Print Wikipedia

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00
  • Michael Mandiberg [US]

"Print Wikipedia" is both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the futility of the scale of big data.


Michael Mandiberg has written software that parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database and programmatically lays out thousands of volumes, 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and the impossibility of rendering Wikipedia as a material object in fixed form: Once a volume is printed it is already out of date.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.

Free

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00