GAMBLE & MICHAEL WENYON
The title of the work is a literal description of what it is. The work
consists of an automatic sequence of updating text web pages.
HOW TO LOCATE
VISIT ON THE WEB
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
In 1998 Susan Gamble and Michael Wenyon made an installation of 54 holograms
of books at the Boston Athenaeum called "Bibliomancy"--all from
titles selected from the library's holdings. In 1992 they made an earlier
version called "Bibliography" using 54 holograms of books from
a Japanese library, exhibited at the Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan. That
work was later shown at the Photographers' Gallery, London, with computer
drawings of books made from life using real books. Their web work "Index"
was begun in 1996, and consists of a series of periodically updated pages
featuring the scanned images of four to five book spines, vertically stacked.
The artists have lived in Queens, New York since 2000 as well as London,
and they are currently artists in residence at the United Kingdom Atomic
Energy Authority (JET Fusion Laboratory), Culham, Oxfordshire. In 2002
they received a Queens Arts Council award to photograph the blue serpentine
wall of the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, Flushing, Queens.
In their publication "Volumes: holograms of books" (Journal
of the University of Tsukuba Institute of Art & Design, Japan, 1992)
the artists wrote: "Technology promises access to information without
the need to see or handle a book... Accessing information through networks
will remove the physical contact with text and language as an object."
work was made with the CATNYP online catalog of the New York Public Library.