Babel Unbound installed at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 2017.
Babel Unbound focuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated, collaborative and performed space. The exhibition includes a range of media and materials including Xerox, Risograph, Silkscreen, Digital Print, Acrylic, 3D Printed Gypsum with Pigment, & Video.
A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls of the space. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end; a confused noise made by a number of voices- babel unbound.
Performing the Book, a single-channel video, explores both the tactile handling of loose pages, while bound, and references the magenta-fingered scanning process at Google Books Library Project. With the book in motion, relationships emerge and dissipate within seconds, making the magic of browsing visible and highly aesthetic.
The video, Performing the Book, is available for viewing on Vimeo.