Filed under artists book | Tags: · archive, data, language
Diff in June tells a day in the life of a personal computer, written by itself in its own language, as a sort of private log or intimate diary focused on every single change to the data on its hard disk. Using a small custom script, for the entire month of June 2011 Martin Howse registered each chunk of data which had changed within the file system from the previous day’s image. Excluding binary data, one day’s sedimentation has been published in this book, a novel of data archaeology in progress tracking the overt and the covert, merging the legal and illegal, personal and administrative, source code and frozen systematics.
The book, consisting of almost 24 million chars, is now made available in 3 different formats, determined by the production and distribution constraints of the platforms adopted: a full, freely downloadable PDF; a 500 pages PDF available on Issuu.com; and a 740 pages print-on-demand paperback available on Lulu.com.
Publisher Link Editions, Brescia, August 2013
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