The title of the show Trough the Forest is taken from an English translation of the story Lenz by the German Romantic author Georg Büchner. Reading this translation Rodney Graham discovered a repetition of the sentence ‘Through the forest’ from one page to another.
The Billboard Book book by Jonathan Monk harks back to other times. It is fabricated from the billboard project announcing its publication. It refers to itself in the natty text that Monk devised, invoking every last piece of technical detail constituting its manufacture.
Gargarin is an international periodical publishing special and unpublished writings by artists. The editorial layout is based on John Baldessari’s quote ‘Talking about art simply is not art. Talk can be art, but then it is not talking about art’.
What is the place/site of reading to the reading? See me reading Derrida in Rhyolite Ghost Town, Death Valley and Freud in front of the Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley.
Installation artist Chris Cobb’s There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World involved re-classifying the books at San Francisco’s Mission District’s Adobe Books by colour. Together with a team of 16 volunteers he spent an entire night re-arranging all the 20000 books to create a continuous spectrum. that the artist has neither added nor taken away anything in the bookstore, but merely re-arranged what was already there.
The group exhibition and catalogue For the Blind Man in the Dark Room Looking for the Black Cat That Isn’t There celebrates the experience of curiosity and speculation as a form of knowledge.
In the exhibition Zeigen. An Audio Tour through Berlin, conceptual artist Karin Sander brings together works by 566 Berlin-based artists at Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. The project surprises the visitor with a seemingly empty exhibition space.
In 2006, on a trip to Lisbon, I stumbled across Book Cell , a piece by Matej Kren, exhibited in the Centro de Arte Moderna. He piled up thousands of books, creating an architectonic structure where we are invited to step inside.
The Reanimation Library hosts a collection of books fallen out of mainstream circulation. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales and throw-away piles across the country.
Books published by the Underground Library in New York have a unique way of distribution and circulation. Once read, members of the library sign and pass the book to someone who they think will like it. This cycle repeats itself indefinitely.