Ruth Beale’s Bookbed

 

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 ‘Bookbed’ was an installation that tapped “into the idea of the book and library in the collective imagination.” The work was made up of three giant books and invited reading and writing groups, classes and workshops to book the space while also programming events that “explored learning, imagination and the book-as-symbol alongside current thinking in culture, education and public space” 

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The three giant books were:

The bed – complete with mattress and duvet cover pages, the bed featured an index of story titles culled from the series of creative writing workshops with young people held at the Peckham Library in London; 

A book-shelf – that held an Autodidact Library;

and a writing table that featured the tools for simple book-making as well as space to write responses to a weekly writing challenge.

 

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‘BookBed’ was installed at Peckham Platform earlier this year.

Ruth Beale’s website

Good Morning Mr. Orwell Redux

Good Morning Mr Orwell
The satellite’s amplification of the freedom of the strong
must be accompanied by the protection of the culture
of the weak or by the creation of a diverse software skillfully
bringing to life the qualitative differences in various cultures.
– Nam June Paik, Art & Satellite (1984)

On January 1, 1984 Nam June Paik celebrated the first day of the year that George Orwell predicted humans will finally be controlled by mass media by unveiling his piece Good Morning, Mr. Orwell.

The installation, which gave birth to video art, was a satellite TV compilation showing the positive utilization of mass media by means of art. In other words the opposite of Orwell’s dystopia. The show was a collaboration of around “30 teams, 100 artists and 4 broadcasters and aired music, fine arts, performance, fashion show and comedy that crossed the border between popular and avantgarde art in real time. Above all, these various genres of arts were edited and displayed on one TV screen. The show was broadcast live in New York, Paris, Berlin, Seoul, etc. and is estimated to have been watched by over 25 million  viewers.”

George Plimpton hosted and the list of artists was formidable. It included John Cage, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson Philip Glass, Merce Cunnigham, Joseph Beuys and Allen Ginsberg among others.

 

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To celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Good Morning, Mr. Orwell the Nam June Paik Art Center (NJP)  is holding a “positive festival”.

The global network, which has replaced the satellite:

makes both stronger controls and broadened freedom possible. This exhibition is intended to ask about the possibility of making a new node and link to change this network as well as to pose a question of control/freedom that becomes more complicated and secret day by day

 

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Artists in the current exhibition include: Lorenzo Bianda, Sompot Chidgasornpongse, Exonemo, Harun Farocki, Finger Pointing Worker, Paul Garrin, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Lee Boorok, Liz Magic Laser, Jill Magid, Bjørn Melhus, Okin Collective, Nam June Paik, Remove Architecture, and Sanghee Song.

Here is the original broadcast in its entirety: YouTube Preview Image

Exhibition home

Nicolas Grospierre’s Infinite Library

Nicolas Grospierre The Never-Ending Corridor of Books lightbox and mirrors 1The Never-Ending Corridor of Books 

The Never-Ending Corridor of Books and the Never-Ending Wall of Books are two components of The Library project by Nicolas Grospierre.

Both are installations comprised of photographs placed in light boxes and shown in mirrors to create the illusion of endlessness.

The Library project is not the representation of a specific library, but rather an attempt at representing the very essence of the idea of a library. It is loosely inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ novel The Library of Babel, where the author describes the universe as an “infinite and cyclic” library. The project is thus an attempt at showing, through a photographic installation, the library as an infinite gathering of books, but that can be contained in a single book.

Nicolas Grospierre The Never-Ending Corridor of Books lightbox and mirrorsThe Never-Ending Corridor of Books. Installation view

 

Nicolas Grospierre The Never-Ending Wall of Books. Installation view at the Palace of Old Books, Warsaw, 2006The Never-Ending Wall of Books. Installation view at the Palace of Old Books, Warsaw, 2006.

Nicolas GrospierreThe Never-Ending Wall of Books lightbox and mirrors

 

If one assumes that a library has three main functions, that is to gather books, to stock them and archive them, and to make them available to the public, it is possible to phrase the following statements. First, as a library is, by nature, a place where books are gathered, it is potentially infinite, because books, and thus knowledge, knows no boundaries and is constantly expanding. And second, a library may contain a book on libraries, or even the list of all books in that particular library, which means that a library is simultaneously the container and the content of the same subject matter

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Fake book #1148228, laid flat

 

View the entire project here