World Without End
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Press: Walking Bird Press
Document Type: Tunnel Book
Category: With Video
Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 cm; extends to 15 cm
Call Number: N 7433.4 B73 A6 W67 2000
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Made for the Millennium in a Box* project, this hand-cut and -folded tunnel book holds a tiny cosmos. Constructed from Classic Laid Duplex paper, it creates a mesmerizing vortex when opened. It also resembles a miniaturized art gallery space of sorts, with colourful images of the zodiac lining each side. Alongside these are dates marking apocalyptic predictions, the names of the “seers,” and the anticipated method of destruction. Offering infinite narratives — and many “endings,” but no end — this book gestures towards the repetitive rhythms of history, while critiquing the often dangerous human fascination with our own end, and the unquestioning “worship” of the latest trend, be it in the form of a theory, buzzword, charismatic personality, or material thing.
* Before the new millennium, The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild sponsored a project which called for the participation of book artists across Canada to produce their conceptual interpretation of where the future decades might lead; whether technologically, socially or in terms of personal growth. Thirty-five artists each contributed works in limited editions of 50 copies and very small format to The Millennium Box.
Text record edited by Silvia Russell at 2010-04-13 11:12:25