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Automagic is a book-object by Dutch visual artist Anouk Kruithof (b. 1981, Dordrecht), which contains images drawn from her “automagic archive,” taken with iPhones and small digital cameras over the past twelve years. The book does not seek to present a clear narrative, which is created rather by the viewer’s own memories and associations provoked by the nine visual stories presented in nine different books, joined together with a book of text in a transparent acrylic glass box. Automagic is an exploration of an image archive transformed by means of analog photomontages, screenshots, reproductions, editing, and the addition of text. The diversity of topics and concepts in each book is highlighted by the use of different papers, which make a multi-layered sculpture of this book-object. It demonstrates the resourcefulness, the adventurousness, the sheer infinity of possibilities of the medium of photography, and shows how the computer and the human mind can act as processors of ways of looking look at our world.
Published by stresspress.biz and Editorial RM in November 2016
First Edition of 1000 copies, 2016
Concept, Edit, Image, Design by Anouk Kruithof
Texts: Iñaki Domingo and Anouk Kruithof
10 no-cover books in transparent Acrylic box (3 mm)
Size of each book is 228 mm (H) x 170 mm (W)
Outside size of box is 173 mm (W) x 235 mm (H) x 53 mm (D)
Color, bw & duo-tone offset print on different papers
Section sewn in 16pp, with exposed colored thread
Book edges color sprayed
768 pages, 528 images