Stefan Cammeraat


Exercises in dischronology, 2017

The digital age lacks a very specific element to historical appreciation: tangible relics. By reitterating the Courier New font, a font which marked the transition from strike-on to digital typewriters, as an analogue typeface it joins forces with the likes of the Gutenberg press, a paragon of both the scientific and industrial revolutions.

Because no known images exist of the original press used by Gutenberg- the first image of such a press being shown in Matthias Huss' Danse Macabre from 1499, over 50 years after its first invention- the danger of falling into oblivion is very comparable to that of the digital revolution. Both exemplars of media distribution, they paradoxically run the risk of themselves being forgotten once an apt substitute is found.

Excersises in dischronology provides the digital revolution with the relics it needs in order for it to not be forgotten. Combining the modularity of the Gutenberg system with display techniques used in historical museums, it regards Gutenbergs system as a starting point for modern historiography.

From top to bottom:
Courier New new
Exercises in dischronology (1455) & Exercises in dischronology (1525)
Exercises in dischronology (Dürer's Unterweysung der Messung)
Exercises in dischronology (Dürer stacks)