Reserved for Loitering, 2017
This book documents Reserved for Loitering signs that I have illegally dropped wherever I find “No Loitering” signs. This book documents the project in eight cities across the US. Reserved for Loitering is part of a larger project called How to Loiter which seeks to reimagine and create public sites for loitering through a tongue-in-cheek Public Service Announcement-style campaign, discussion and collaborative workshops that examine the loitering laws in various cities around the United States. This project explores the amount of underused public and private space in the city and challenges accepted norms around loitering.
20 pages, edition of 100
Modern Resumes, 2016, Packet of 6 modern resumes with blank resume paper to be filled in by the user.
8.5x11”, Edition of 20
How to be Paul Shortt, 2016,
This book documents my art practice and important projects over the last 10 years.
8.5x5” Edition of 100
Purchase here: https://www.shortteditions.com/product/how-to-be-paul-shortt
Blocked/Unblocked, 2017, This book presents various ways of being blocked with laser cut text on how to subvert them. Risograph printed with laser cut text.
8.5x11” Edition of 20
Available upon request.
Professional Amateur Business Cards Book, 2016. This book collects business cards made by participants during Professional Amateur workshops I conduct between 2013-2015.
5.5x8.5”, Edition of 100
How To Be A Professional Amateur, 2015
The Professional Amateur is full of contradictions. A Professional Amateur is someone who is simultaneously engaged in numerous interests and multiple professions. A Professional Amateur could be 10 or 80 years old. A Professional Amateur might have years of experience, or none at all. The key part of being a Professional Amateur is passion--having it and following it. In this book, I will offer everything you need to know to become a Professional Amateur in any field.
Edition of 500
Modern Greetings: New Ways of Saying Hello, 2013
This handbook presents a collection of modern ways of greeting one another. Addressing today’s technology, daily rituals, and the potential awkwardness of our social encounters, these greetings encourage physical interaction beyond just shaking hands. Whether familiar or bizarre, each greeting asks us to reconsider the simple act of saying hello.
8.5x5”, 12 pages, full color
Edition of 1000
Purchase here: https://www.shortteditions.com/product/modern-greetings
How to do an Intervention, 2013,
This book teaches you everything you need to do to successfully pull of an art intervention in a public site.
8.5x11”, Edition of 300
Book available upon request.
5 Star Ratings: Mechanical Turk Reviews, 2012
5 Star Ratings is a collection of 25, 500-word art reviews of my artist website, each produced by users of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which enables micro forms of paid labor called HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks). Workers on Mechanical Turk were paid $5 dollars to review my website and write about the work. With this project I’m interested in starting discussions and asking questions about how technology and the Internet have changed the way artists construct their identities. What does it mean when we can all create our own press? What value does crowdsourced press have both to the general public and to artists? What is the current state of art journalism?
25 pages, Letter press cover, digital printing interior
Edition of 200