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From the books: SLV RBRR 000-099

Designed in collaboration with Masaki Miwa, 2016

— Publication, inserts, zine

From the books: is an ongoing research project examining “marks of use” in books. These include (but are not limited to) marginalia and annotations, dog-ears, bookmarks, and general wear and tear.

The impetus for the FTB: SLV, RBRR 000–099 publication is to explore how readers interact with texts by marking books, both intentionally and unintentionally. This publication focuses on a small sample of marks found in books from part of the collection of the State Library of Victoria’s Redmond Barry Reading Room. By collecting, categorising and documenting these marks the aim is to outline and explore the common vocabulary of mark-making shared by anonymous readers, and in doing so create a portrait of the community that accesses this collection. In this way the library is seen as not only a repository of knowledge but also an active social space, using the vehicle of a printed book and the forum of the library as a site for interaction with knowledge.

Published on the occasion of the 2016 Melbourne Art Book Fair by Print > Imprint, a collaborative project between Simon Browne and Masaki Miwa investigating the culture and communities surrounding the use of books. Provisional Bibliography essay provided courtesy of Federico Antonini.

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