Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Shelf Talk: The Sorted Books Project of Nina Katchadourian
Since 1993 Nina Katchadourian has assembled more than 130 "book clusters" for both private libraries and public collections.
She gets there by "culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves."
The photo above is from a group of clusters titled BookPace she did for San Antonio collector and art patron Linda Pace.
She has also created clusters for the journal of art and poetics Shark, the Strindberg Museum in Stockholm, the Akron Art Museum and the Athenaeum Arts and Music Library in La Jolla, CA.
The potential for these visual mashups remains great. One can see this being a next generation functionality for the book social networking sites; 2.0 stuff.
A generation of 'spine poets' is born.
Thanks to Your Daily Awesome for the lead