January 14, 2007
I have 30 hand-labeled USB flash drives that contain my 2005 interactive fiction Book and Volume – they also contain a silly promotional video for Book and Volume and a press kit. These are material artifacts that store some of my free digital literary work. To be clear: you do not need one of these to play the game. Anyone can download Book and Volume for free. These USB drives are also not technological artifacts you’d want for their own sake. They hold only 32MB.
Nevertheless, would you like one of these? I will send one to anyone who sends me some material art object or creative document along with a return address. I don’t mind, of course, if the artwork you send is mass-produced – no “aura” is required. It could be, for instance, a book you wrote, a poem (written, printed, recorded), a print, a tape, CD, or DVD of yours, or some computer media with your work on it. You could send a bumper sticker you created, a Fluxus box, or documentation of one of your performances, installations, or exhibits.
If you’re interested, please mail your art barter goodie to the following address, and be sure to include your own address so I can send you a Book and Volume flash drive in return:
When I either run out of these or finish up at Penn and am no longer at this address, I’ll update this post.
[It's been updated - thanks to everyone who sent something!]