Maximum Peace: Texts from the Anti-Archive / Ben DuVall
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A publication of texts produced on Ben DuVall's personal website between January 1 and December 31, 2017. The site at that time functioned as an “anti-archive”—all content was deleted every day and new content was uploaded according to a list of rules. Previous content was available by specific email request only.
During the project, DuVall acted as an anti-archival "custodian," uploading, maintaining, dusting, deleting, fielding requests and organizing the output generated by and for the site.
Some of the texts are long term projects that reached specific points of conclusion while others were developed more quickly—in days, hours, or sometimes minutes.
Gathered in this volume in the order in which they appeared on the site (but not necessarily the order in which they were written), these texts include free-writes, responses to films, pseudo-poetry, typographic drawings, art historical studies, false-flag operations, dead-end projects, rejected proposals, and self-analysis of the project.
The title of the publication, Maximum Peace, was a guiding mantra for the project, appearing in several texts. For DuVall, the phrase is an acceptance of non-permanence and devotion to an extended task—something akin to a monk's Hours or On Kawara's Date Paintings.
Published by Anti-Archival Editions, 2020
Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies
Softcover, 136 pages, 6 × 8.8 inches