In October, 2016 as part of The Recompiler’s Feminist Pop Up Shop, I mounted and facilitated a site installation: “Pre-Internet Print Technology”.
Sharing books and cards from my own collection, I did so in order to engage with a set of ideas I’ve been working on for awhile: on the precursors of how the internet organizes ideas and people, on the style and utility of print technologies, accessibility, fidelity, and the tactile experience of various technologies. Moreover, I sought to explore gender, race, ethnicity, labor, materiality and computational concepts with community members and visitors.
For the installation, I brought two types of print technology: books (rather, small-press collectively authored books) and cards (including catalog cards, membership cards, appointment reminder cards, coffee shop punch cards, design firm IDEO’s Method Cards, and Tarot Cards). Visitors were encouraged to browse and discuss books, and given prompts for various card sets.