Cory Arcangel: The Source Digest
Publisher: Arcangel Surfware, ISBN: 9780996636087, Format: Paperback, 146 x 210mm, 166pp
The Source Digest, a paperback collection of issues 1-10 of The Source (2013-the present), gathers Brooklyn-based artist Cory Arcangel's ongoing archival zine project of annotated computer source code from software-based works of the past 15 years.
This code is footnoted with artist texts and is published both as a series of small books -- one for each project -- and online. Arcangel creates a virtual user's manual that details the process by which he has built previous works, including the manipulation of video games.
The Source thus embodies the ethic of openness and generosity that exists within the closed field of hackers, home hobby programmers and new media artists, and posits it as its own art project. While issues 1-8 are individually available, The Source Digest includes the two newest issues, which are currently only available in this book.