Monday, 2 February 2009

The Mechanical Offline Blog goes Online

I took the wonderful Mechanical Offline Blog to the "January Reshuffle" a the Pearce Institute, Govan (Glasgow Scotland) at the weekend and it was in use by adults and children pretty well constantly from noon to 5pm.

Naturally, you have to have been of a certain age to have seen one before and know its ideosyncracies but its appeal seems ageless.

To those who wish to replicate this concept, I will eventually put a retrospective Instructable up but the basics are that you need a beautiful old mechano-movable-type manual printing machine, a very long roll of paper and a frame work to allow the paper to go up and over so the public can see what their friends wrote.

Below are some images of the actual typing and below them I have transcribed the actual texts in the next blog, so you can see the poetry that emerges, both intended and otherwise. Some might almost be a cross between ee cummings and the Scottish Makar Edwin Morgan (If only!!)

Many users were pre-literates, but let that stop no one from expressing themselves visually if not literately.

I cannot help wondering about the prevalence of the jemjems.....

[please excuse the terrible formatting of the pictures below, i cannot seem to get it to do what i want and its terribly late and my bedtime]

























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1 comment:

avegancalledbacon said...

That is totally RAD. Good work!