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View of “Michael Mandiberg,” 2015.

Michael Mandiberg

Denny Dimin Gallery

View of “Michael Mandiberg,” 2015.

For Michael Mandiberg’s “From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!” at Denny Gallery, the artist displayed a limited run of his Print Wikipedia project, 2015, which makes the online encyclopedia available in proprietary print-on-demand form. Several individual print copies and volumes titled Table of Contents and Contributor Appendix were shelved against a monochromatic wallpaper, these were accompanied by the real-time projection of file conversion and upload to the self-publishing distribution platform Lulu.com. The space had the feel of a leasing office for modish apartments or the generic-brands aisle of a suburban grocery store, its simulacra papering over the vast amount of work—affective, manual, and computational—required to bring the project into being.

However, on the second day of the show’s continuous forty-eight-hour opening, a programmer labored on a laptop on the floor,

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