Once, the Arctic was a big, empty void. Some called it terra incognita, while others maintained there was a magnetic mountain, from which four rivers flowed, filling up the oceans. Many voyages took place, charting the area. The Arctic was embodied and anchored down in stories and books. Now, at the start of the 21st century, this history is being scanned. In libraries across the world books are taken off the shelves and transformed into ones and zeros. However, quite often, in this digitisation process things go wrong: images fade, colours appear, scribbled, marginal notes become part of the original.
Lapon d’une Renne, Voyages into the Arctic Regions addresses the alterations that occur in the digitisation process. Using some hundred e-books, Stijn Verhoeff sheds new light on the history of the Arctic. It is the outcome of an exploration of the archives of the Internet; it calls into question, in a poetic manner, the digitisation of knowledge. At the same time, the book celebrates the elusive results arising from this process. After all, if we are to believe the Internet, neither history nor the Arctic region itself can be captured in a univocal image.
A book by Stijn Verhoeff
Copy editing by Mirthe van Lieshout
Proofreading and translation by Dorrie Tattersall
Design and text by Stijn Verhoeff
Production by Jo Frenken and Anouk van Heesch
Printing and binding by Cassochrome
Published by Jan van Eyck Academie
Hardcover with dust jacket
132 pages, 20,5 x 30,5 cm
Black/white and color
Text in English and Dutch
Edition of 300