Multiple Discovery occurs when innovations are made independently and simultaneously in different locations. In this project, Shift-lab uses Multiple Discovery as a metaphor for our own remote, collaborative practice. Working with a common horizon line and color palette, we each developed imagery for this artist book in separate studios. Printed sheets were then exchanged in batches of ten. Individually, we wrote and printed text gathered from a shared collection of source material, then collated and folded our sheets into a unique set of ten copies.The resulting edition of fifty is made up of five variations:
Katie Baldwin, numbers 1–10
Denise Bookwalter, numbers 11–20
Sarah Bryant, numbers 21–30
Macy Chadwick, numbers 31–40
Tricia Treacy, numbers 41–50
Letterpress and Riso printed on Zerkall Book and IBO.
This project was designed, printed, and bound between 2019 and 2022.
W variable between sub-editions
Birkeland, Kristian. The Norwegian Aurora Polaris Expedition 1902-1903. Norway: H. Aschelhoug & Company, 1908.
Lemley, Mark A. “The Myth of the Sole Inventor.” Michigan Law Review, Volume 110. Issue 5 (2012) pp 710-760.
Rovelli, Carlo. The Order of Time, New York: Riverhead Books, 2018.
Solnit, Rebecca. River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, New York: Viking, 2003.
Some images are “From The New York Public Library,” public domain