56 Broken Kindle Screens is a print on demand paperback that consists of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens. The Kindle is Amazon’s e-reading device which is by default connected to the company’s book store.
The book takes as its starting point the peculiar aesthetic of broken E Ink displays and serves as an examination into the reading device’s materiality. As the screens break, they become collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements.
Obrist was the curator at the Wexner Center when I lived in Columbus. I had no idea this kind of thing was (perhaps) behind his approach. I can’t remember his Wexner shows very well (from the late nineties? early aughts?), but I have a feeling I’ll remember these notes and sketches for a very long time.
Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.
Erin Curry, Art Power #1
(found abstract comics)