Æ

Piece was conceived as a work without the author and without a title and was created within 1985-90. It consists of two parts, and the dualistic principle is implemented on many levels. 

 

The total number of pages of both texts is symmetrical and has number 101. In the midst of E (longer part of two) is a list of all existing passwords in it, displayed in 2 columns of text. Issue of the first edition was 2222 copies.

 

The greater part is similar to the dictionary - each party begins with a password, under which takes its extension or explanation. In many places, there are links to other entries. The font size on each of the pages is different, tailored to the amount of text associated with the password so that it fills the entire page.

The texts in no place do not refer to anything outside of this book, there is no action and they also do not describe any reality beyond that, what this book is, or will be. There is no strict structure (pagination seems to be purely contractual) and can be read in any way.

The first edition was published anonymously in 1991 in the form of a book in Book Transit Publishing (Warsaw). Æ is the working title, symbol indeed occurring in the text, but not in the way the actual title. Used proxy for the needs of the distribution and criticism, because both booksellers and critics have had trouble with the book without the author's name and without a title. Two separate texts were opening on opposite sides of books: one text, shorter, has 7 pages numbered exponentially (starting at 2, then 4, 16, 256 etc.). The second text, longer counted only 94 pages numbered parity, even on the traditionally odd pages. Book was covered with louvre luminaire replacement, and instead of a cover page errata:
In this edition deliberately omitted the title page - for compelling reasons: it would not be a carrier namely no content (not determined the author or title). No title as an external name is explained by the fact that every word of this text is nothing other than an attempt at naming it, that is de facto title (title inside). Lack of the name stems from of oversight in it the author as a person.

The second edition (1996) was published in Empty Cloud publishing house in the form of hypertext on a diskette 3.5 '' packaged in a box with printed louvre and errata with the same content as the previous release. The text was revised and partly changed in terms of the new electronic formula. Back boxes contained a note by Peter Rypson:

Here are not familiar example of "impersonal and self-creative" computer publication of almost inexhaustible combinations of text: the first literary hypertext book in Polish.
If you like medieval logic diagrams, stories of Jorge Louis Borges and concrete poetry, OuLiPo and Grammatology;
If the train you hermeneutics and phenomenology, antique baroque mazes and combinatorial lines;
If you enjoy hiking along endless shelves of good library - this is the book for you.

Third, virtual edition (2002) brings the latest, complete version of hypertext in a purely electronic form with further changes and amendments. It is intended for free distribution.

The whole consists of two texts, after which you can move or in succession - by clicking on the page numbers at the bottom, or by running a call using words marked in italics or bold slogans in the upper corner (this only applies to the right of the text).

The fourth edition (2013) was published as part of the Anthology, edition of the Krakow's ha! art. It reproduces the original features of the 1991 edition of the behavior of amendments to the text made later.

The original book edition of Æ and its text was repeatedly used by the author in numerous visual and audio works, which can be viewed HERE

© 2015 by Robert Szczerbowski
 

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