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CAT-SCANS (TM) is the first art book to (gently) place a variety of rescue cats on flatbed scanners to create high art. Read more

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CAT-SCANS (TM) is the first art book to (gently) place a variety of rescue cats on flatbed scanners to create high art.

Petaluma, CA Art Books
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Cat Face-Scanning Apparatus #2
Cat Face-Scanning Apparatus #2
Cat Face-Scanning Apparatus #1
Cat Face-Scanning Apparatus #1

Let there be no misunderstanding: scanning cats isn't easy. The scanner bar moves at an approximate rate of 1 inch per 1.5 seconds and the cat, well, just moves. While producing CAT SCANS (TM), we've discovered this is actually to the artistic advantage of the final output. Some of our test scans may be viewed at www (dot) catscans-thebook (dot) com. No cats are at any risk during the scanning procedure. Scanner light is infintesimally low, and we've precleared it with an animal opthamological expert at a leading U.S. east coast university.  The entire scan process lasts no more than 25-30 seconds depending upon the type of flatbed scanner employed.

In an effort to capture our feline models from all sides, we intend to build a 'CATHOUSE,' which consists of six (6) scanners mounted facing each other within a small booth that has plenty of room for the cat to walk around. Each scanner is individually wired to separate computer towers as well as a switching device that allows us to launch all six scanners simultaneously. Of course, as anyone who has ever worked with multiple scanners knows, the physics of a scanner (which typically requires that the scanner is only illuminated by its own internal light source) can result in the scanner locking up and shutting down if it is exposed to light from another source. We're confident that we have adequately addressed this problem without compromising the quality of the art or the opportunity for the cat model to show off his or her best. "Smile!" -- "Meow meow!"

Risks and challenges

The largest obstacle is selecting the cat models so that we can present the most eclectic variety of art images. Let's face it: anyone can put a cat on a scanner and press "GO." But, to the best of our knowledge, we're among an elite few artists who have figured out how to create impressive and magnetizing high-art in the process. We will resist divulging our methods until the book comes out, although rumor has it that part of the secret involves raw hamburger.

Our intention is to use primarily Rescue Cats as our feline models and, whenever possible, provide brief biographies on each model. If during the public relations campaign surrounding the project, we can get some or many of our models adopted, then we couldn't be happier, and neither, presumably, could our models.

The technical hurdles could fill a User's Guide on how to properly scan cats. (You'd be impressed with just how hard this has been.) But we believe we have worked out most if not all of the physics and mechanical engineering considerations to guarantee a successful production of impresive images.

Of course, there is the "minor issue" of how to scan upwards of 65 cats (our target number) without the cats killing each other. But we have a production coordinator on our team, who also works in an animal shelter, and we trust she will ensure that this doesn't happen.

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    Supporters of the CAT-SCANS (TM) art book project will receive one volume of this particularly unique contribution to the literary culture that is sure to give you paws to reflect. The project creators have posted test scans at: www (dot) catscans-thebook (dot) com

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $200 reward

    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    Supporters at this level of the CAT-SCANS (TM) art book project will receive one LIMITED EDITION volume of this particularly unique contribution to the literary culture that is sure to give you paws to reflect. The project creators have posted test scans at: www (dot) catscans-thebook (dot) com

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $1,000 reward

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    Supporters at this level of the CAT-SCANS (TM) art book project will receive one pawtographed LIMITED EDITION volume WITH ADDITIONAL IMAGES THROUGHOUT THE BOOK of this particularly unique contribution to the literary culture that is sure to give you paws to reflect. The project creators have posted test scans at: www (dot) catscans-thebook (dot) com

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Supporters at this level of the CAT-SCANS (TM) art book project will receive FIVE pawtographed LIMITED EDITION volumes WITH ADDITIONAL IMAGES THROUGHOUT THE BOOK of this particularly unique contribution to the literary culture that is sure to give you paws to reflect. AND, supporters at this level will receive a FRAMED PRINT from one of the beautiful 'CAT-SCANS'. The project creators have posted test scans at: www (dot) catscans-thebook (dot) com

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