Xavier Antin

Printers today are cheap.  I bought mine off Amazon for $23 and it lasted just shy of two months.  You get what you pay for in todays discardable age.  London based artist, Xavier Antin’s new book titled “Just in Time; Or a Short History of Production,” carries us through the birth of the assembly line from hand made goods to the machine bred junk of today.  Produced as a short run of 100 books, each page is printed by four separate printing devices spanning the decades since commercial printing became privately viable.  The Magenta was printed by an 1880 Stencil Duplicator, Cyan by a 1923 Spirit Duplicator, Black by a 1969 Laser Printer and the Yellow by a 1976 Inkjet.  No, the above chain printer of the four devices was set up is for display purposes only, but the below end products are deliciously visceral.  Each printer’s own style smudges pixel to pixel with it’s outmodeled brethren creating a hallucinogenic, quasi-3D aesthetic.  The book portrays the change of industrial production lines through the ages, what better way to produce such imagery than with a line of printers that follow the same chronological trajectory?

via This Is Colossal
  1. Your post is all about the printers. It has whole history of printer. This is such a great resource that you have provided and you give it away for free. Thanks!

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