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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

Digital media and information technology became the center of my intellectual and professional life in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Coming to the University of Virginia at that moment immersed me in the world of digital humanities. The vocabulary and ideas this universe provided stimulated imaginative as well as academic work. This book was conceived as a playful expression of the imaginative resonses provoked by conversations in which I found myself. It was meant to be playful, suggestive, funny, dark, critical, engaging, a little throw-off book done as an inside joke among the digerati.

Night Crawlers on the Web

Johanna Drucker


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States

birth: 1952-05-30

JAB Books

type: initiating


location: 110 Warren Lane, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901

Granary Books

type: other


location: 307 Seventh Avenue, #1401, New York, NY 10001

note: Granary Book distributed this work for JAB Books. [J. Drucker]

Brad Freeman

type: other


birth: 1951-01-23

note: Brad provided technical consulting assistance as well as printing. [J. Drucker]

Publication Information

publisher: JAB Books

production: 1999-00-00:2000-00-00
publication: 2000-00-00

publication history: Done as a give-away, for gifts, not really intended for sale. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Cyberpulp play with the metaphors and vocabulary of the digital world. [J. Drucker]

content form:
prose (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)
small press (local)
illustrated book (local)
conceptual (local)

inspiration: The actual inspiration from this came from a passing mention by Stuart Molthrop. He gave a talk at the University of Virginia and discussed the aggregate profiling effect of data mining. That image was the point of departure. So was a ridiculous performance by an artist who served as the basis of Eego. [J. Drucker]

related works: The Undead Blonde, unpublished cyberpulp manuscript, Emerging Sentience, and Simulant Portrait. [J. Drucker]

other influences: The community of digital humanities at the University of Virginia and various other artist and poet groups for whom such matters seemed highly charged at that late 1990s moment. [J. Drucker]

community: school University of Virginia [A. Schutte]

note: The small size of the book was meant to make it feel slightly fetishistic. [J. Drucker]

General Comments

This book belonged at Printed Matter and for some reason didn't get there. The distribution process got short-circuited. Maybe later. [J. Drucker]