The/a book pretends to be the end result of intellectual labour and hard graft. In reality, the/a book is a machine that plugs into other machines (both human and non-human, both biological and non-biological) with the express purpose of drawing in disparate species, entangling diverse temporalities, implicating multiple modes of communication and drawing out diversiform narratives. The/a book is the/a perfect example of continuously evolving symbiotic relationships between machines and human bodies, between matter and imagination; a hyperadapting transponder of time and language. The/a book circumscribes the limit of our belief in language as a carrier of signals that will guide (and infect) processes of consciousness across time, space and media. Every iteration of a/the book works towards that limit and seeks to push and expand it.

—Theodoros Chiotis


Theodoros Chiotis is a poet writing in Greek, English, Python and Perl. Amongst his publications are Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis (Penned in the Margins, 2015), Screen (in collaboration with photographer Nikolas Ventourakis; Paper Tigers Books, 2017) and limit.less: towards an assembly of the sick (Litmus, 2017). He lives in Athens and works as the Co-ordinator of Scholarly Research and Digital Development of the Cavafy Archive (Onassis Foundation). He has received a High Commendation from the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the Dot Award for New Media Writing from the Institute for the Future of the Book and Bournemouth University for his work Mutualised Archives.

Penned in the Margins

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