Thomas Walskaar - The Library of Babel
“You can read a book that’s 200 years old, but you can’t read a computer file that was created five years ago”
Most people don’t realise how unstable digital media are for storing information from a long-term perspective. To visualise this, Walskaar used the story of “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luís Borges; a short story about a library which contains every story ever written and that ever will be written. How they are stored and the format is based on the dimensions of the 8-inch floppy disk. With this book Walskaar continues the discussion of “Bit-Rot” aka Data Decay, with the focus on the obsolescence of the floppy disk. Bit-Rot is something many aren’t aware of, but in a digital age, this is a really interesting and urgent topic. Walskaar I illustrated the book by corrupting the text based on research of how corrupted files appear in a word processor after they have been stored on a magnetic storage medium that suffers from data-decay.
This is a kind of cahier, nice format, about 26 pages.