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On the Web Tue Mar 15 2011

Books Reborn in The Age of E-Readers

Former Chicagoan Brian Dettmer recently caught the attention of the Telegraph UK with his artworks celebrating books as physical objects. "The age of information in physical form is waning," Dettmer says on his website. "As intangible routes thrive with quicker fluidity, material and history are being lost, slipping and eroding into the ether. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium's role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge." In other words, old encyclopedias that had been collecting dust are transformed into caterpillar like creatures and elaborate dioramas in his hands. Pretty cool; check it out.

 
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