This book project is part of Graham Harwood’s major contribution to the forthcoming Manifesta and commissioned for the abandoned 1930's Alumix building – a Fascist-era factory in Bozen / Bolzano – South Tyrol. The book proposes a new model for publishing and its digitisation. Driven by a piece of custom software, the book and installation are generated as different iterations of the same distinctive project.
The book as machine. The book as search engine
Keywords: fascism, futurism, aluminium
As well as espresso, Futurism advocated the consumption of metal bolts and engine oil to turn men into machines. In 2008 it will be 100 years since Marinetti set out the Futurist manifesto. Marinetti wrote that the movement would celebrate "the vibrant nightly fervour of arsenals and shipyards blazing with violent electric moons". He believed in speed, machines and violence. Aluminium takes futurist logic and turns it in upon itself through the high-technology of today.
Aluminium will be a mosaic image created by Harwood’s custom software. The software is designed to generate, edit and continuously update a composite image made up of out of the results of internet searches guided by various keywords. Aluminium will be built up as a composite 'networked image' out of the images, text and addresses. Key phrases and compositional forms guiding the algorithmic design will come from Futurist manifestos, documents found at the Alumix building, from the history of aluminium and the social history of the factory and the industry it served.