Gutenberg Jubilee 2018
2018 the capital city of Mainz is celebrating a "small jubilee" in honour of Johannes Gutenberg who died exactly 550 years ago. In the Gutenberg year 2018 Mainz focusses on the past, but also the present time and the future with social media, 3D-printing et al. Present forms of communication, new information technologies as well as the interaction of the human being and media are subject of topical forums, exhibitions and events.
Gutenberg and the printing of books
Whereas text passages could already be reproduced in the woodcut in the 6th century in Asia, books were copied by hand in Europe for more than a thousand years. Often monastic writing rooms took care of that, from the late Middle Age on also professional writers and book artists. Gutenberg's invention guaranteed a much faster and more economic production. Rapidly and firmly the new technical method conquered the social communication up to the present time.