Digitized by Google
by Alain Barthélémy and Julien Levesque

a homemade production


Digitized by Google is a book composed of images from several works that were digitized and are now available unabridged on Google Books. Digitizing books can be a tedious task. Done by hand, page by page, this process introduces a human presence in the management of various documents and original formats.

Isabelle de Montolieu, August Lafontaine, “La ferme aux abeilles ou Les lis”, pages 202, 75, 1829. [http://books.google.fr/books?id=aeI6AAAAcAAJ&hl=fr&pg=PA202#v=onepage&q&f=false] consulté la dernière fois le 22.11.2012 [http://books.google.fr/books?id=aeI6AAAAcAAJ&hl=fr&pg=PA75#v=onepage&q&f=false] consulté la dernière fois le 22.11.2012

In this great entreprise that has become the digitization of the written world, traces of a human hand have been left here and there by those who work in the shadows to help make this content accessible.

By perusing thousands of documents online, we finally uncovered a bit of our humanity, traces of our existence that remain in the process of digitizing books.

The various documents assembled here show to what extent digitization is a controlled process that calls upon the gesture and precision of the human hand, and which by the same token sends us back to our physical world of touch.


Charles Théodore Beauvais de Préau, Antoine-Alexandre Barbier, "Biographie universelle classique: ou, Dictionnaire historique portatif - Vol 1" pages 889, 899, 1829. [http://books.google.fr/books?id=pWMoAAAAYAAJ&hl=fr&pg=PA888#v=onepage&q&f=false] consulté la dernière fois le 22.11.2012 [http://books.google.fr/books?id=pWMoAAAAYAAJ&hl=fr&pg=PA889#v=onepage&q&f=false] consulté la dernière fois le 22.11.2012

Charles Dickens, ”Sketches of young gentlemen”, pages 32, 44, 1838. [http://books.google.fr/books?id=QqRbAAAAQAAJ&hl=fr&pg=PA32-IA2#v=onepage&q&f=false] consulté la dernière fois le 10.10.2012 [http://books.google.fr/books?id=QqRbAAAAQAAJ&hl=fr&pg=PA44-IA3#v=onepage&q&f=false] consulté la dernière fois le 10.10.2012



2012 - Julien Levesque