15 Jan 2012

Making Mountains out of Mountains of Books...

Has anyone come across book carving before? This artist, Guy Laramee, uses old encyclopedias to create beautiful landscapes. The philosophy behind the art is a reaction against contemporary opinion that libraries and books are dated concepts and that technology is the only way to access and disseminate learning and knowledge. Laramee questions whether new technology will ultimately have that big an effect on the human psyche:

"One might say: so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge?"

The book is dead-long live the book!

More can be found at this link.


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