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   Undertoad  Friday Jan 21 01:47 PM

Jan 21, 2011: History of desktop printing in one book

No, it's art. French artist Xavier Antin set this up; it's four different desktop printing technologies, lines up so that the output of one printer becomes the input of another printer. In a row, they are a stencil duplicator, a spirit duplicator, a laser printer, and an inkjet printer.

He then did four-color printing and created a book. He had the stencil printer do magenta, the spirit printer do cyan, the laser printer do black and the inkjet printer do yellow.

And that's the art installation. Doesn't look great, but it's kind of amazing that it works at all. Four-color printing was notoriously difficult and expensive before our modern era. If one of the colors is a fraction of an inch off, the whole thing is a bit of a mess. Modern printers can get it right for cheap, only because they manage the process with modern computing.

And maybe that's part of the point here.

installation via neatorama

glatt  Friday Jan 21 01:53 PM

I have a hard time looking past those wooden stands he made. I suppose he was going for a "built by a 10 year old" look.

monster  Friday Jan 21 03:51 PM

I like it. I imagine the fiber will be good for my digestion too

Pete Zicato  Friday Jan 21 04:59 PM

I can see why he used four printers, but dot-matrix printers should have been in there before lasers.

Flint  Friday Jan 21 05:30 PM

Originally Posted by Pete Zicato View Post
I can see why he used four printers, but dot-matrix printers should have been in there before lasers.
No doubt. I'm looking at a 9 pin impact printer sitting new in the box in my office right now.

zippyt  Friday Jan 21 06:36 PM

Them Okidatas just dont go away do they Flint

aero geek  Friday Jan 21 08:57 PM

He should hookup with the brick BMW guy - I'll bet they hit it off right away.

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