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Library of Transformed Information


“LIBRARY OF TRANSFORMED INFORMATION (2003) by Wolfgang Becksteiner (Austria)

Location: Pavilion of Admont Monastery

Wolfgang Becksteiner deforms books: on internal as well as external levels of access and reception. In an on-going process that lasted 365 days and also included extensive conceptual studies to develop appropriate working methods, he attempted to master this task both technically and with regard to the contents. The material – 3650 used books published from 1800 to today – was provided to him by collectors, antiquarian dealers, and friends. With meticulousness and patience the artist began his task: the process of transforming the extensive text archive from several centuries by tearing apart and pressing the shreds into each book’s original form, thus redefining contents as well as external appearance.” [via]


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