Monday, May 20, 2013

Searching: an artist’s book project

The University of Liverpool’s Sydney Jones library will be playing host to a pair of artist made books from the 17th May until 15th June. The project is part of The Liverpool International Photography Festival – LOOK/13, which takes place all over the city in both traditional cultural venues as well as alternative spaces.

Marc Provins is the artist responsible for the project and he took his starting point from the theme of the festival - ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ by using Google Images to search on his own name. This act of digital curation and the images it throws up form the content of the book, but there is more to discover as the book is encased inside a 1950’s encyclopedia. Provins says of his work:

“I’m interested in libraries as they are the physical representation of knowledge, an architectural space filled with all aspects of human culture.  Before the World Wide Web and Google they were the main way to undertake research. They are at the forefront of the transition from the physical to the digital, adapting to the way we access information.” He goes on to say:

“Searching, the title of this work refers to the search engine technology that allows us to trawl the digital world that enables the creation of this project. It is also a reference to being a photographer and the constant scanning of the world, looking for opportunities to frame and record. Thirdly it refers to the process of searching the stock of a physical library, in this instance for a book entitled Searching”.

A further display linking to this theme can be found in Special Collections and Archives on the ground floor of the Grove Wing.

The two books are situated on both the first and second floor links between the Abercromby and Grove Wings. The SCA display is in the SCA Display area on the ground floor.

Further information about the project can be found the artists own website.

Further information about the Festival can be found here.

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