Edition MK is a small-scale, independent publishing platform concept that has been in development since 2010. Initially established as a platform under which to publish a series of self-initiated writings and projects regarding “the contemporary image world,” Edition MK has been conceived as a opportunity to produce inquisitive publications that respond to the conditions of (graphic) design, visual culture, art, and film through new and unexpected channels.
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Edition MK’s debut publication is titled DDDDoomed—Or, Collectors &
Curators of the Image: A Brief Future History of the Image Aggregator
A text by R. Gerald Nelson
This publication forms Vol. I of VIII of a series titled Img Ctrl—texts regarding the contemporary image world
Published November 2010 / 117 x 175 mm / 84pp / B&W Interior / Color Covers / Paperback / Perfect-bound
DDDDoomed, crafted as a speculative fiction that unfolds from the perspective of a future commentator reflecting back and theorizing about the factors that brought about the dysfunctional state of the contemporary image world, tells the story of how the image (specifically, the online image) devolved in the hands of image aggregators (IAs).
IAs, as DDDDoomed asserts, in having “single-handedly pave[d] the way for a young and Internet-reliant culture’s collective disinterest in even the most essential content of an image,” have turned the image into an aimless one that is made intentionally devoid of its meaning, knowledge, and even of its most basic identifying information. Furthermore, it is argued that “by devaluing [the] image’s potency … IAs were effectively exaggerating the worth of their role by convincing the viewers of their websites that their assembled collection … was, paradoxically, to be the sole object of spectacle.”
DDDDoomed offers a thorough look at the contemporary (online) image world through the lenses of comparatively important image and photography-based artworks, image archives, and artists who are engaged with the collection and use of disparate images.
* Read select excerpted content from DDDDoomed here, on the Walker Art Center Design Blog
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