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Susanna Hesselberg’s Underground Library July 8, 2015 – Posted in: Art, Books and Art, Conceptual Art, Libraries, sculpture

Every two years on the coast of Denmark the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition takes place. It is the nations largest outdoor exhibition and for this years incarnation 56 site-specific sculptures graced the Danish coast. Among them was Susanna Hesselberg’s homage to her father and books:  “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (a reference to Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End). Reminiscent of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland the…

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“From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!” – Printing Wikipedia for art’s sake June 22, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Art, Conceptual Art, Content, Installation

The latest exhibition at the Denny Gallery features a sampling of Michael Mandiberg’s wild project called “Print Wikipedia.” Here’s the skinny: Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the futility of the scale of big data. Mandiberg has written software that parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database and programmatically lays out thousands of volumes, complete with covers, and then uploads…

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‘Bookfighting’: Art with books gets physical June 4, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Art, Conceptual Art, Content

If you’ve hung around Book Patrol long enough you know I’ve got a hankering for the representation of books in art. Now thanks to the French artist Yves Duranthon the relationship between books and art just got a whole lot more physical. It’s called ‘bookfighting’ and earlier this month about 40 people gathered at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to get it on. Think dodgeball in a cage as combatants throw the book at…

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