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Mar 22, 2014
Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout can now be read on a screen! I mean, you’ve probably seen bits of it on his tumblr but this here is the ebook and I’m so glad we’ve finally been able to make it available. Newsprint never looked so good.
(Photo stolen from Austin’s instagram)
More images from the eBook here.
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Dec 23, 2013
How to Make a Dadaist Poem
Take a newspaper.
Take a pair of scissors.
Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.
Shake it gently.
Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will be like you.
And here are you a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.
The poem will resemble you.
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
For Journalists Who Seek Out Hidden Things, a More Visible Brand
The ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners designs a very newspaper blackout-like logo for The Center for Investigative Reporting:
The idea for the campaign was suggested by “Broken Shield,” a series by California Watch that investigated problems at centers for the developmentally disabled. When reporters received documents they had requested from state officials, “the documents were entirely redacted,” Mr. Bronstein said, “not just the words but the margins.”
“Rich took that redaction notion,” he added, “to deliver the message that we are the antidote to redaction.”
The center’s new logo looks like a redacted document, with everything unreadable except for five words: “the,” “center for,” “investigative” and “reporting.” The logo will appear in numerous places like the center’s Web site, video clips and movie-style posters that promote the center’s reporting.
…The logo is meant to symbolize that “you have to go beyond that blacked-out material to find the truth,” Mr. Silverstein said in a separate phone interview.
I don’t have a comment except, I named the book Steal Like An Artist, not Steal Like An Ad Agency.
Aug 08, 2013
Tom Phillips’s A Humument at MASS MoCA
For the last 40 years British artist Tom Phillips has been working on A Humument, a series of collages based on A Human Document, the Victorian novel by W.H. Mallock. Phillips has altered the individual pages of the original book four times, each edition creating a new concrete text poem. For Life’s Work MASS MoCA will show Mallock’s unaltered book along with Phillips’ first edition of A Humument completed in 1973 as well as his most recent 5th edition completed in 2012. This amounts to a total of over 1,000 individual book pages.
From a terrific Boston Globe review:
Phillips has described “A Humument” (pronounced “Hew-mew-ment” and subtitled “A Treated Victorian Novel”) as “a kitchen table task.” It has been, he adds, in the afterword to the latest published version of the book, “almost entirely an evening employment at the end of a studio day.”
The notion that an artist’s life project, his crowning glory, should have been a sort of side project, something done in the margins, as it were, while he was busy getting on with the real thing (whatever that was) is to be savored.
This is amazing. Love the idea to display the original text alongside the treated pages. Need to figure out a way to get to North Adams before the New Year.
May 20, 2013
“Newspaper Blackout” by Austin Kleon
I happen to own this book and I thought I would recommend it to you all for some inspiration and/or laughs.
Hey, thanks for sharing! Y’all can get your own copy here.
Apr 25, 2013
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