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27 DECEMBER 2007

Scrapbooks were a coping strategy for old media

"Scrapbooks were a 'coping' strategy for old media at a time when distribution via railroads and cheap printing processes led to an overwhelming surplus of popular magazines and newspapers. [Ellen Gruber] Garvey describes them as 'a new subcategory of media – the cheap, the disposable, and yet somehow tantalizingly valuable, if only their value could be seperated from their ephemerality'. Scrapbooks were one just one strategy for indexing and archiving cuttings, including commercial clipping services, but scrapbooks represented a private, vernacular response to this information revolution. This remaking of popular media is clearly a precursor of the current blogging phenomenon, and Garvey's analysis of scrapbook making introduces some concepts that are useful in discussing blogging as part of our contemporary media culture."

(Matt Locke, 28 September 2003, TEST)

Ellen Gruber Garvey (2004). Scissorizing and Scrapbooks: Nineteenth Century Reading, Remaking and Recirculating. "New Media, 1740–1915". L. Gitelman and G. B. Pingree, MIT Press.

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archivingcommonplace book • cuttings • dehumanisationdisposable • Ellen Gruber Garvey • ephemeral • Geoffrey Pingree • gleanerindexinginformation revolution • Lisa Gitelman • material culture • Matt Locke • memoryremediationscrapbookstrategy
29 JULY 2006

Scrapbooks: tools for collecting our personal material culture

"Scrapbooks comprise much of the 'material culture' of personal memory: they contain memorabilia of all sorts, and photographs of people and occasions that are important in the individual's life. In this sense, they are the 'analog', nonverbal form of a diary or journal. Michele Gerbrandt, edits Memory Maker, a magazine devoted to 'scrapbooking' that began in 1996. In Scrapbook Basics: The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Memories (Memory Makers Books, 2002), Gerbrandt suggests that scrapbooks have their origins in the 'commonplace books' in which people collected literary passages, quotations, ideas, and observations for personal reflection. She reports that in 1709, the British philosopher John Locke (posthumously) published a New Method of Making Common–Place Books (sometimes included in editions of Locke's 1690 Essay Concerning Human Understanding). The common–place book eventually evolved into the modern scrap–book. In 1872 Mark Twain, who owned a publishing firm, marketed a 'self–pasting' scrap book. Scrapbooks document personal and family histories, and record experiences, good and bad, for later reflection. Many personal websites, not to mention weblogs (or 'blogs'), have a certain 'scrapbook' quality."

(John F. Kihlstrom, University of California, Berkeley)

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02 JANUARY 2004

Things Spoken: a catalogue of Her belongings

"Most people collect objects during their lives. These can be gifts, souvenirs, momentos, personal artifacts, found things, etc. Their significance for their 'collectors' are usually contextual and personal.

This CD–ROM presents a selection of about 50 objects that I have collected, put together in such a way that the viewer can make an interactive exploration of both their singularities and their possible (inter)relationships. Each object has been digitized on a flat–bed scanner, whose consequent transformation of the original object is a form of aesthetic reconstitution characteristic for 'multimedia'. Embedded in a machinal darkness, the objects reveal themselves insubstantially, idiosynchratically in the reflected red, green and blue light of the scanning process.

The viewer can sort these objects by various criteria such as size, weight, colour, function, or such as in the case of gifts, the gender of the persons who gave them to me. In this way that 'feverish' method by which digital archives can be reorganised according to any criteria is here applied in a manner that is as gratuitously personal as the objects themselves.

Each object is accompanied by my personal narrative that led me to keep these often trivial things and by the account of friends. The third layer of interactivity comes from within these spoken narratives. Specific words are hypertextually linked to any reoccurences oaf those words elsewhere. In this way the viewer can instantly make links between objects and their associated stories. These chance conjunctions in the narratives amplify potential relationships that let the viewer discover further layers of congruency and signification within this very personal of objects."

(Media Art Net)

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