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Classic artist's book becomes a fine art app for the iPad.

In 1966 artist Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junk shop on Peckham Rye, South London. This was an 1892 Victorian obscurity titled A Human Document by W.H. Mallock and he titled his altered book A Humument. The first version of all 367 treated pages was published in 1973 since when there have been three revised editions. A Humument is now one of the best known and loved of all 20th century artist’s books and is regarded as a seminal classic of postmodern art. The Humument App has been developed for the iPad by Tom Phillips with the technical assistance of John Bowring. It combines the 367 full-colour pages with an entirely novel interactive feature, The Oracle. Using a date and a randomly generated number the oracle will cast two pages to be read in tandem. Like the I Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, chance pairs of pages, taken together and interpreted, act as a guide and cryptic commentary on life in word and picture. The Oracle, more playful than serious, offers direction, encouragement or warning. There is amusement in the game but watch out for the odd uncanny prophecy.


You can email your personal choices or oracle reading to friends, or post them to your Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter profile direct from the App.
 


The iPad, with its tactile functionality and dual orientation presents an ideal platform for a digital version of A Humument. The original pages have been rescanned enabling the user to zoom in and view details at enhanced resolution. There are 39 completely new and previously unpublished pages. The find wheel spins through the book as visual thumbnails so you can navigate quickly to your favourites.


APP FEATURES
-       39 completely new and unpublished pages
-       The Oracle
-       Find wheel
-       Email or post to Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter direct from the App
-       Zoom into page
 


A HUMUMENT APP by Tom Phillips
An App for iPad      Release November 2010 version 1.01      Price £4.99

Artist website www.tomphillips.co.uk
For more information and images http://tomphillipshumument.tumblr.com
The official Humument website www.humument.com

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