Cheeseheads Rejoice: American Cheese, 20 Slices, by Ben Denzer

There is a fun piece over at Saveur by Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, the Art & Design Librarian at the University of Michigan, about one of her recent acquisitions, American Cheese, 20 Slices, by Ben Denzer. 

Vander Broek curates the Artists Books Collection at UM and talks about how Artist Books are a perfect way to make strong connections between students, faculty and library “because they represent a sweet spot between the things the students and faculty make (art, design) and the things the library has (books, information).”

She also muses about how the purchase of the book for the collection stirred up some angry feelings in the librarian world where feedback was divided between “I could do that,” and “that’s an insult to books!” 

I hope there is one copy still left for the University of Wisconsin!


Images by Emily Buckler

The latest from Google: An interactive art installation that turns your words into poetry

Talk about enhancing a construction project.

Google has unveiled Poetrics, an interactive art installation at the future site of their new offices in the Kings Cross neighborhood of London. Poetrics is the result of  a competition run in partnership with University of the Arts London’s Central Saint Martins to create an “interactive experience for the Kings Cross community”.

The installation utilizes Google’s voice search technology and the Google Speech platform and features 17 LED panels that display the words spoken into various microphones placed around the building site as randomly created poetry.

“We saw Poetrics as an opportunity for people to have a collective and meaningful experience playing with language and the absurd, just as the Dada did in their surrealist game ‘the Exquisite Corpse’ says Laura Ventura Ricart, a member of the Poetrics team.

Source: Google has created a billboard that turns your words into poetry | Irish Examiner

h/t Don Share

Digital Treat: Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book


The book is called Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu, ‘Manual of Calligraphy and Painting’ and was first published in 1633 in Nanjing. The book is comprised of eight categories – birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany – and is illustrated by 50 different artists and calligraphers.

It is the earliest known example of multicolor printing in the world:

printed by the technique of polychrome xylography known asdouban invented and perfected by Hu Zhengyan 胡正言 (1584-1674). The method involves the use of multiple printing blocks which successively apply different coloured inks to the paper to reproduce the effect of watercolour painting

For years one of the earliest complete sets of the book has lived at the Cambridge University Library.  Deemed to fragile to handle the book never saw the light of day and was off limits to human hands. 

Now, thanks to the digital revolution, the work is available for all to see






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More: Too Fragile to Open, World’s Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Is Digitized | Hyperallergic