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artists' books
United States
letterpress printing; rice paper (nonfibrous paper); screen printing; laser printing
23 x 29 x 12 cm
1 container, 15 parts
"REF is an investigation into the erosion of the physical reference area of the library, and the fundamental shift taking place in the way we ask and answer questions. This project was produced by the members of Shift-lab: Katie Baldwin, Denise Bookwalter, Sarah Bryant, Macy Chadwick, and Tricia Treacy. Artists worked individually and collaboratively to produce elements inspired by the traditional components of a physical reference section: Almanac, Atlas, Bibliography, Biographical Dictionary, Chronology, Concordance, Dictionary, Directory, Encyclopedia, Gazetteer, Guidebook, Handbook, Index, Manual, and Yearbook."--Big Jump Press. "As we designed our responses to traditional elements of the reference section, we used several dates as loose organizational principles to tie our work together: 1963: The publication of Automation and the Library of Congress -- 1991: The Gore Bill, which led to the World Wide Web as we know it today -- 1993: the publication of Planning Second Generation Automated Library Systems and the release of Mosaic, the web browser that popularized the World Wide Web -- 2001: the arrival of Wikipedia."--Shift-lab. REF components are housed together in a custom archival document flip top box with an ascending accordion folder structure. Printing methods include letterpress, risograph, screenprinting, laser printing, and digital printing. Binding formats include concertina, spiral bound, document binder, pamplet, double pamplet, folder, paper envelope.
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Fleet Library at RISD, Special Collections, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
©Shift-Lab, Tuscaloosa, AL: Big Jump Press, 2019
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