(prototype #1), Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm
(proposal) Facsimile I is the opening instalment of a series of illustrated novels utilising non-fictional characters and persons taken from Tumblr. The premise of this series lies in collecting data from the most popular photographs of my online portfolio on Tumblr. Each novel traces back the ‘reblogs’ that it had since its upload to the individuals that have done it. The collected material was filtered under several categories like gender, age, length of ‘about me’ section, length of blog titles, self-portraiture, screenshots of the original photograph and their tumblr layout and miscellaneous. The components were later reassembled under a coming of age story structure as a reaction to the heavy and intimate textual presence in the found material. The book introduces and follows a group of young people between 14 to early 20s and their aspirations, disillusionments and the development of their critical view towards the world through a dialogue of ‘one-liner’ attitudes, graphic gimmicks and visual appropriation where my photograph plays a role. In Facsimile, the role of creator becomes diluted as my photograph gains different meanings for each person when inserted within their tumblrs. The original product has now become a piece of a creation elsewhere, belonging to a vocabulary of a different self to build their online identity. The Facsimile project could be seen in two ways: as analysis of the sharing politics in one of the most popular visual platforms today followed by an reinterpretation of the classical pocket book novel format. As a proposal for the grant, the provided funds would be used to publish the current instalment of the project to reach a wider audience, and produce a presentation highlighting the characters and participants introduced by the book.