Sunday, March 05, 2006

Word Up


No, I'm not referring to the title of Cameo's pop song, but rather an installation by New York artist Ben Rubin, permanently located in the new Minneapolis Public Library. As you can see it, it is comprised of two elevators. The outside wall of these elevators contain thousands of LED's that will project titles of books randomly chosen from the library's database. It could show recent acquisitions, books checked out, etc.

Quicktime Movie

This reminds me a bit of Jenny Holtzer's work (for example at the Guggenheim.

At it's heart, this installation reflects the evolving role of a library as a node in a larger network of information. This isn't the only artwork to be located in the library - there is also an installation built into the floor (but it is much less interesting). You can find out about it by clicking through some of the links on the libraries homepage.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike Boyd said...

This is cool installation - I particularly like the fact that the book titles are drawn from recently used/accessed books at the library so that the installation essentially chronicles or maps the library's 'traffic.' It's quite commedable that this library is committed to bringing in active public space art (rather than putting in a large sculpture as one might expect). I'm curious if this will end up affecting which books people check out - someone might want a title to possibly be shown, and have to look up or check out the book.

3/06/2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger Mike Boyd said...

My comment isn't showing up as 1 comment on the Sonic Event page, so I thought I'd leave a second to try to get that to come through.

3/07/2006 11:19 AM  

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