Copy of a copy of A. Today I made a book. Starting point was Typografie by Emil Ruder, of which I copied the cover over and over again. By repeating this process, the cover slowly starts to fade away until it’s finally just an abstract collection of dots and lines.
I started this experiment to look for the boundary between visible and invisible typography, but after a while this wasn’t the subject anymore. Because of the constant repetition of the cover, I started looking more at the effects of the copier than at the actual typography.
By playing around with the copy settings (sometimes it’s copied in color, and the density of the printed copy varies throughout), the book starts to explore its own limits. An example of this can be seen at the beginning, where the black cartridge has to be replaced – and so it gives a much lighter impression.
Also, by copying with a higher ink density the paper gets wavy which has an effect on all the next copies.
Next I did the same thing to an audio file, which I recorded over and over on my laptop. Pretty much the same, but instead of dissolving into nothing, the audio file gets more and more volume until it’s just one big mess of noise. You can check out the different audio files on Soundcloud. Watch out on your volume because they might crush an ear or two.