2013, Digital print on Canson paper.
In an era marked by discussions of content dematerialization, cloud computing, and technological advancements, it is intriguing to ponder why information dissemination remains so closely tied to the traditional page format. Despite the progress made in various aspects of technology, including TV screens, web browser windows, tablets, and movie theaters, we find ourselves adhering to a structure that has persisted for centuries. This format can be traced back to the earliest instances of spatial division and organization, such as the birth of agriculture and the subdivision of land into fields, which emerged over a hundred thousand years ago.
The persistence of this familiar format raises questions about the inherent human inclination to maintain a sense of order and organization within our information consumption. Perhaps the page format serves as a tangible and relatable framework that allows us to navigate and comprehend the vast amount of information available. It offers a sense of familiarity and structure, providing a reference point in our ever-evolving digital landscape.
While advancements in technology have undoubtedly transformed the way we access and interact with information, it is interesting to observe the enduring influence of established formats. As we continue to explore new frontiers of information dissemination, it is worth contemplating the role that historical divisions and organizational structures play in shaping our present-day modes of communication.