At a Distance: Looking Closely at Networks

I just finished reading this book published in the Leonardo Series at MIT Press. For Mimeo Mimeo readers, there is some great material on mail art, assembling magazines, and Fluxus as well as discussions of networks, networking, communications and information theory. The footnotes to the first essay put me in touch with Craig Saper's Networked Art, Bernhard Siegert's Relays: Literature as an Epoch of the Postal System and finally got me to read Derrida's The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond.

A lot of information and information theory in a short time and to be honest I do not know what to make of it all but time and time again while reading this stuff I thought of Mimeo Revolution publications quite a bit, like Floating Bear: the mimeo magazine as envelope; Issue 9, franking and obscenity; Floating Bear as in Floating Bare ie the magazine as a free or gift exchange of ideas as well as the inability to contain or control a poem or letter once it is sent/published.



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