Memorial labor : to anonymous printers

Book. Film 00;08;44 . Installation . 2007

As evidenced through the discarding of printing labor at the end of the printing process, labor disappears or no longer becomes relevant. In examining the colophon page and crop marks used in the book making system, I seek to memorialize marginalized labor and more specifically, the anonymous printers who are so important to the end production of a book.

The book that I designed does not have an author. There is nothing that exists inside of the crop marks to reveal this. Thus the part out of crop marks that has been discard can become itself a book which is representative of the time and labor that has gone into the book. This book has 365 pages which stand for a year of time. Each page represents a day. After printing and trimming, the book is brought to a library in where many books can be found. Finally, by putting each page between the books in the library, it became a sculpture that represents marginalized labor.

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