Blurring the Library

Essay published in The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists’ Books Fall 2009


From the essay:

“It follows that a paradigm of blur could be initiated to organize volumes in the library, “recognizing the unclarity of unclear things,” in order to break down rigid borders placed in the mind, such as name, title, medium, and date, and open up new vistas of creative search. We believe this in turn would enable sustainable browsing, exact visual attention, and draw out clear ideas found in the blurry situation. As we imagine it, the catalog is unnecessary in a looking research library. A person would never need to know where a book is in the library except that it is here and from there the person may examine where here is exactly.”


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