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10/22/2013

The Collective Act of Retyping Steinbeck

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

There are so many elements of this art project to love: the collective aspect, the retro-ness of it and, of course, the simple joy of relishing a classic book again. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Drew Tewksbury
Published: 03 Oct 2013, Artbound

Photo: Alexandra Brown.
Ensconced in a cozy room painted a dark, pensive blue, ten people worked, little frowns of concentration apparent on their faces as they pound away on refurbished manual typewriters. It is just about five minutes into Susan Silton's latest art project-slash-live performance and the chorus of type bars hitting typewriter ribbons was interminable.

They are tasked to re-type as much of the John Steinbeck classic, "Grapes of Wrath" in an hour, but there's a catch. They're in stencil mode. No pigment appears on the paper, only a faint, ghost of their efforts are transferred on the clean sheet. It is tedious work, with little no reward -- Why type something that could hardly be read afterwards? -- unless the finished product isn't the point. [read more]

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