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The weather, a building
Ruth Buchanan [see all titles]
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Ruth Buchanan The weather, a building
Texts by Ruth Buchanan and Ian White.
published in May 2013
English edition
19,5 x 14,5 cm (softcover)
82 pages (1 color & 10 b/w ill.)
€18.00
ISBN: 978-3-943365-36-8
EAN: 9783943365368
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This new artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three narratives associated with the life of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin, which acts as an example of the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained.
Libraries are generally perceived as storehouses, spaces of stable accumulation and containment. While the architecture may attempt to operate in this stable tone, the material contained within them is often far wilder. Histories, biographies, loose thoughts, detailed notations, bodies, and objects are all temporarily suspended, cataloged, and organized, creating relationships where perhaps previously there was none. An example of where the tension between what is contained in libraries and how it is contained emerges in a highly palpable way in the trajectory of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. This new artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three narratives associated with the life of this particular library. The anecdotes become both concrete examples and metaphors through which to interrogate the production, situating, and sharing of meaning.
Born 1980 in New Plymouth (New Zealand), Ruth Buchanan lives and works in Berlin.