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Marking the Dispossessed / Danielle Aubert


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In her third artist book, graphic artist and designer Danielle Aubert reproduces the underlines, marginalia and bookmarks gathered from the pages of more than one hundred copies of Ursula K. Leguin’s 1974 science fiction novel, The Dispossessed. Leguin's tale of a physicist from an anarchist planet where the concept of private ownership does not exist, who travels to a sister world where he encounters things he hasn’t experienced before—class difference, gender hierarchy and everyday signs of excess—is sometimes subtitled “An Ambiguous Utopia.” In Aubert's edition, all original text has been removed so that the marks left by past book owners become the content.

Includes an index to notes and marginalia; an essay which contextualizes the project; an index of the most heavily marked passages; full-color photographs of the covers of the individual copies that form the basis for this edition; and a collection of photographed ephemera “left in books.”

The author of Sixteen Months Worth of Drawings in Microsoft Excel and a co-author of Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies, Aubert is a member of the graphic design group Clanada, which has presented work at PS1/MoMA, NY; Printed Matter, Motto, Berlin; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Edited by Corinn Gerber

Published by Passenger Books, 2015

Softcover, 416 pages, b&w and full color, 6 × 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-3-940215-16-1