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OverviewReflecting on the medium to devise a formal idiom. Wolfgang Plöger (b. Münster, 1971; lives and works in Berlin) makes art that investigates the distribution and proliferation of visual and textual information in the digital realm. For this publication, he worked with the designer Anna Wesek to develop a design concept that visualizes the transfer of digital information into the analog form of the book. The five chapters were laid out as a long PDF with vertical subdivisions in the drafting phase; only in the second step was the material grafted into the systematic structure of a book. The book form with its horizontal concatenation of pages and spreads reveals itself to be an apparatus that cuts up texts and images.
In his first monograph, Plöger, who has created and published well over a hundred artist's books over the past fifteen years, puts the book as such on display and probes the medium's central questions: What are the defining characteristics of a book? What makes it unique? When can we actually speak of a book? With contributions by Stefanie Böttcher, Ory Dessau, Antje Krause- Wahl, Henry Lagos, and Paul Soulellis.