Sorted Books

December 8, 2008

Another example of transforming books: The wonderful Sorted Books project by the California-born artist Nina Katchadourian.

It ” has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: 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, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library’s holdings.”
What a creative idea!

Also check out her Map projects. Actually look through her whole website, all her works are very unique and interesting and showcase her extreme creativity. For example the story of Chloe (under the Confused Animals) or the Mended spiderwebs (featured here before) or Finlnds unnamed islands.


Mended spiderwebs

May 4, 2008

US artist Nina Katchadourian used needle, red thread and glue to mend spiderwebs she found around her house in Pörtö, Finnland. The spiders however rejected her help:
“The morning after the first patch job, I discovered a pile of red threads lying on the ground below the web. At first I assumed the wind had blown them out; on closer inspection it became clear that the spider had repaired the web to perfect condition using its own methods, throwing the threads out in the process. My repairs were always rejected by the spider and discarded, usually during the course of the night, even in webs which looked abandoned.”

The mended webs are really beautiful, but i like even more that nature, or in this case the owners of the web, the spiders, had the last word and showed her how its done properly 🙂
The threads and the reaction of the spiders reminded me what amazing constructions spiderwebs are in general, too.