Infra-thin isMarcel Duchamp's word for measuring the almost imperceptible margins of
difference between two seemingly identical items. Infra-thin measures the all
but immeasurable interstice between two things or ideas as they transition into
and between one to the other, the passage between sense and non-sense, and the
delay or deferral of these passages between the senses themselves.
Infra-thin is impossible
to define; it can only be illustrated. The difference between adjectives and nouns
is infra-thin. So is the act of forgetting. Other examples from Duchamp include
an object at one time and then one second later (the identity principle), the
warmth of a seat that has just been left, a stare, people who go through subway
gates at the last moment, the whistling sound made by velvet trousers when
walking, a painting on glass seen from the unpainted side, or the space between
recto and verso. And Infra-Thin Press.
minces words with contemporary visual culture, both in the content and design
of our books. We currently publish or plan to publish scholarly and
experimental texts at the interstices of philosophy and literature, critical
theory and design, philosophy and technology, poetry and visual studies, and
selected marginalia in between.