The exercise of subjectivity in the assessment of any publication is one of the more satisfying — and risky — activities of the art librarian (and, one suspects, of other specialists librarians). — Clive Phillpot
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Works should inherently address or anticipate one or more aspects of publishing and one or more aspects of digital technology according to the following categories.
- Tools, modes of production, design (e.g. DTP, crowdsourcing, Print on demand)
- Digital features (e.g. DRM, Internet, database)
- Devices (e.g. computer, e-reader)
- Distribution, dissemination, appropriation, intervention (e.g. remix, plagiarism, download)
- Categorization, archiviation, organization, structure (e.g. ISBN, tags, metadata, index)
- Bookness, bookform, book as object (e.g. skeuomorphism, binding, book as prop)
- Spaces and rituals related to books and publishing (e.g. online store, bookshop, library)
- Book typologies (encyclopedia, catalog, magazine)
In order to be included in the archive, a work, through its own nature, should actively question, highlight or reframe constitutive aspects of publishing in the post-digital age. Of course, this perspective on the works holds a level of ambiguity that is the result of the unique identity of the archive, which point of view is ultimately subjective. Inherence is a fluid criterion in a dialectic relationship with the digital environment.
An experimental project that predates the universal spread of digital technology shouldn’t be excluded from the archive a priori. P-DPA applies a “post-digital gaze” to experiences that, more or less consciously, anticipate modalities of the digital age. As an example, several “network-enabling”counterculture magazines could be considered as tangible expressions of what would later become known as the blogosphere. It is no coincidence that Steve Jobs described the Whole Earth Catalog as a sort of «Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along».