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By Kate Eichhorn

This is the tale of the way the xerographic copier, or "Xerox machine," turned an inventive medium for artists and activists over the past few a long time of the 20th century. Paper jams, mangled pages, or even fires made early types of this clunky place of work laptop a resource of worry, rage, dread, and sadness. yet finally, xerography democratized print tradition through making it handy and cheap for renegade publishers, zinesters, artists, punks, anarchists, queers, feminists, road activists, and others to put up their paintings and to get their messages out in the street. The xerographic copier adjusted the lived and imagined margins of society, Eichhorn argues, via aiding inventive and political expression and mobilizing subcultural pursuits. Eichhorn describes early efforts to exploit xerography to create artwork and the occasional scapegoating of city reproduction retailers and xerographic applied sciences following political panics, utilizing the post-9/11 raid on a Toronto replica store as her critical instance. She examines New York's downtown paintings and punk scenes of the Seventies to Nineteen Nineties, arguing that xerography -- together with photocopied posters, mail paintings, and zines -- replaced what towns appeared like and the way we skilled them. and she or he appears at how a iteration of activists and artists deployed the replica computing device in AIDS and queer activism whereas concurrently introducing the replica machine's gritty, DIY aesthetics into overseas artwork markets.Xerographic reproduction machines at the moment are defunct. place of work copiers are electronic, and activists depend on social media greater than photocopied posters. And but, Eichhorn argues, even supposing we now reside in a post-xerographic period, the grassroots aesthetics and political legacy of xerography persists.

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