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Sophia Brueckner: Altered Books – Digital Interventions

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Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner’s Romance Series is featured in Altered Books – Digital Interventions, an online exhibition by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, curated by Copper Giloth and Hye Yeon Nam.

Altered Books– Digital Interventions celebrates the book as an object that can carry experience, represent language, tell a narrative, convey culture, or archive memory in the context of contemporary arts.

For this ongoing series of work, I combine popular algorithms with traditional romance novels. After scanning all of the covers, I apply Photoshop’s Photomerge feature (originally intended to stitch together photos to make panoramas) to the images to produce dreamy, hybrid landscapes. Because the covers are so similar, the algorithm often finds areas that it believes should overlap. I print these landscapes on porcelain commemorative plates. Each plate also features a Popular Highlight from a romance novel on Kindle.