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Aymeric Mansoux on Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:42:25 +0200 (CEST)

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July 12th, 2012, Earth,


On the chance that someone will be out there, La SociÃtà Anonyme has
approved the placement of 8 books on 8 locations on Earth. The book,
called The SKOR Codex was placed on Thursday (July 12, 2012) aboard the
first of eight locations to host the portrait of the diversity of life
and culture at the Foundation for Art and Public Domain (SKOR). The 1156
gram book contains greetings from the SKOR staff in 4 languages, samples
of artworks from different artists and eras, and field recordings of the
SKOR premises. The Codex contains binary information that an advanced
technological civilization could convert into diagrams, pictures and
sounds, including a message from SKOR managing director Tati

Messages in the record were designed to enable possible decoding by
future civilizations who might encounter the book in hundreds of years,
hence the integration of some pictures of 21st century SKOR. "The book
will be encountered and decoded only if there are advanced civilizations
on earth," said La SociÃtà Anonyme. "But, as the beautiful message from
managing director Tati Freeke-Suwarganda and web curator Annet Dekker
indicate," SociÃtà Anonyme added, "the launching of this 'bottle' into
the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about art."

La SociÃtà Anonyme chose the medium of book as a way of preserving the
portrait because it can carry much more information in the same space
then for example an engraved stone. Each book is made of acid-free
paper, the sections have been sewn onto 4 bands of rameh, the spine is
enforced with Japanese paper and the book is wrapped in an acid-free
protective cover. It contains, in symbolic language, information on how
the book is to be decoded. The book begins with photographs and diagrams
in binary form, depicting the SKOR buildings, surroundings, artifacts,
objects, office spaces, and some hint of the richness of SKOR's

Included are schematics about SKOR, its location in Amsterdam, the
Netherlands, photographs of Ruysdaelkade 2, bicycles, a large fax
machine and desks. This is followed by spoken greetings in 4 human
languages, including a spoken message by Annet Dekker, web curator of
SKOR. The SKOR Codex next includes field recordings made at Ruysdaelkade
2. The artwork selection represents the cultural diversity of SKOR. The
entire book counts 304 pages.

The book is likely to survive more than a thousand years. Thus it
represents a message into the future, a point referred to in managing
director Tati Freeke-Suwarganda's message. Among the members of La
SociÃtà Anonyme's committee and others who played a major role in
devising The SKOR Codex are DuÅan Barok, Danny van der Kleij, Aymeric
Mansoux, and Marloes de Valk, the book was hand bound by the Wilgenkamp
bindery. The book was commissioned by SKOR, and produced by La SociÃtÃ

The first book will be archived at the SKOR archive hosted by Gerrit
Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. The other books will be hosted at seven
different locations on the planet.


More information, photos and downloads: http://societeanonyme.la




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