Link Editions: Diff in June by Martin Howse

Link Editions: Diff in June by Martin Howse

Sep 4, 2013

Link Editions is proud to announce the release of Diff in June, by Martin Howse. The book is the second of a selection made out of an open call for proposals, by a jury including Andreas Broeckmann, Ben Fino-Radin and Domenico Quaranta, to be released in our series “In My Computer” along 2013.


Diff in June by Martin Howse


Diff in June tells a day in the life of a personal computer, written by itself in its own language, as a sort of private log or intimate diary focused on every single change to the data on its hard disk. Using a small custom script, for the entire month of June 2011 Martin Howse registered each chunk of data which had changed within the file system from the previous day’s image. Excluding binary data, one day’s sedimentation has been published in this book, a novel of data archaeology in progress tracking the overt and the covert, merging the legal and illegal, personal and administrative, source code and frozen systematics.


The book, consisting of almost 24 million chars, is now made available in 3 different formats, determined by the production and distribution constraints of the platforms adopted: a full, freely downloadable PDF; a 500 pages PDF available on; and a 740 pages print-on-demand paperback available on



Martin Howse (London 1969) is a programmer, writer, performer and explorer. For his project ap0201, in 2005 he received first prize within the Art & Artificial Life competition VIDA 8.0. He is a co-founder of xxxxx, organizing one large-scale conference and concert series in London, and of micro-research, a mobile platform for psychogeophysical research with ongoing projects in Berlin, London, Suffolk and Peenemuende. He is also one of the initiators of Detektors, an open, collaborative project which uses sonic strategies and DIY-devices to make audible the hidden infoscapes of our time, recording hidden electromagnetic emissions produced by common electronic tools. Over the last ten years he has workshopped, performed, lectured and exhibited worldwide.


In My Computer” is a series of books collecting unpublished material available in your computer. The book can take any shape compatible with POD’s production and distribution standards. A new call for proposals will be announced soon.


Link Editions is a publishing initiative of the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age. Link Editions uses print on demand and digital formats to create an accessible, dynamic series of essays and pamphlets, but also artist books, catalogues and conference proceedings. A keen advocate of the idea that information wants to be free, Link Editions releases its contents free of charge in .pdf format, and on paper at a price accessible to all. Link Editions is a not-for-profit initiative and all its contents are circulated under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license.



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