The zip file was created by sorting the two data sets by date. I renamed the first jpeg with the first sentence from the letters. Then the second was renamed with the second sentence. And so on across 1,860 files. When a personal name appeared it were replaced with the original jpeg file name.
Paul Soulellis, Rhizome Contributing Editor wrote an essay about the work. Read his introduction and download the zip file for free.
The binders have also been used in several performances. For Re: Art Show in Brooklyn they were placed on music stands and installed across 10 rooms in a decommissioned Pfizer building. A mic and speaker accompanied each book. The audience was asked to browse, read, and listen. By the end of the exhibition most of the binders had intentionally split open — spilling jpegs onto the floor.
Paul Soulellis and myself have read from the zip file for Conceptual Poetics Day at MISS READ in Berlin, Zine and Self-published Book Fair at the Baxter Street Camera Club of NY, and The Classroom at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Queens.
Versions of the project have been acquired by MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the International Center of Photography. Sorry to dump on you like this was the center spread in Printed Web 4 — seen here in MoMA's library at the head of the table.