a piece about books
about the impact of books
in a previous work i used a book as a filter in a feedback system
now i make another work with a book

a slower feedback
more like books themself
books are filters for other books
not just dictionaries
more like poetry

but a book is not like the room i am sitting in
you are using it
you are in front of it
you transform it while you reading it

i am recording me reading a book
i am listening to me touching the book
i am playing the book
i am seeing the book
i am reading the book
i am forgetting me listening
i am listening to the book

i am using a recording of the voice of the author
i feed it back into the book he wrote
again and again
i touch the book
i bend the book
while recording

i am getting fascinated by the materiality of the book
fascinated of touching it
it is nice how it changes the sounds when it is used as a filter
books make sound become round and sound like vowels, a, o, and u
each book has a small impact

i am searching in the content of the book, what is the book saying about feedback, and why is it related to me, feeding the sound of the content of the book into the book

my feedback system is only a system which uses the feedback as a generative moment like the feedback of pressures in an organ pipe which determines its frequency

it is actually that my system is the opposite of the cyberneticians dream of a feedback system. the feedback is under my control


cyberneticians think that feedback is the nature of control itself:
“we must get rid of any notion that control is something imposed on a system from outside it has to build into it.” (Stafford Beer)
what a naive dream


Stafford Beer, Platform for Change, 1975

published for the online exhibition Erreur d’impression. Publier à l’ère du numérique, at jeu de paume espace virtuel, of jeu de paume, curated by Alessandro Ludovico