INFRAGRAPHY Volume 2. is a compilation of critical student artworks and short essays dealing with the materialities of media technologies and their environmental implications.
These works and texts are the outcomes from the course ‘Media and the Environment’ in the Fall of 2019 at the Department of Media, Aalto University. The course was a series of scholarly readings about and around the themes of media including media’s relations and impacts on the so-called Anthropocene, thermocultures of media, ecologies of fabrication, media and plastics, Internet of Things, Planned Obsolescence, e-waste, and media’s energetic landscapes. A key approach of the course was also introducing artistic methods and practices that could address emerging media materialities. The final exhibition of the course was a collection of student artworks as a response to the contemporary discourse of political economy of media and related environmental implications.
To match the materialist themes of the essays, the design of the book is meant to draw attention to the infrastructures of the physical book object. The title is wrapped around the spine, forcing the reader to turn the book around and look at the spine. Inside, parts of grids used to for typesetting and layout are revealed, as a way of extracting form from function.
Besides designing and printing the book, I also contributed an essay - Unplanned Newness - which talks about different materialities surrounding the process of making art with discarded electronic products.