A House of Books

krenbooks.jpg Matej Kren built a folly, entirely out of books, in the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. Named "Scanner," the installation is designed to create a destabilizing individual experience.
The narrow inside space, multiplied and complicated by mirrors, evoke a sensation of sublime terror, an alteration referring to a puzzling infinity itself created to destabilize conventional spatial habits. Mirrors become an instrument to create illusion and, at the same time, to unmask it. Since the public can easily see themselves reflected in a false infinite - thus discovering the illusion - the problem becomes the latency of perception.
It is also like totally awesome. Source [Mambo via Inhabitat]

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  1. Sweeeet. I don’t know about the obligatorily douchey artists statement, but the piece itself is awesome. I totally want to see a maze made like this.

  2. “When artists (or curators) write about their work, however great the work actually was in you mind before they started writing, it’s always a little less once you’ve read their words. And you also realise pretty quickly why they are curators (or artists) and not writers.” Discuss.

    But loving the installation.

  3. And struck down by the law of be careful whose eye you poke, for “you” read “your” in my previous. Damn you hubris-imp, damn you!

  4. Sublime terror? More like sublime awesome! Who would be terrorized by this? I guess if you have a book phobia or something…

  5. So the reporter said, “The narrow inside space, multiplied and complicated by mirrors, evoke a sensation of sublime terror, an alteration referring to a puzzling infinity itself created to destabilize conventional spatial habits. Mirrors become an instrument to create illusion and, at the same time, to unmask it. Since the public can easily see themselves reflected in a false infinite – thus discovering the illusion – the problem becomes the latency of perception. Right?”

    So then the artist says,”I just wanted to make a house out of books.”

  6. Hmm. I can’t afford to go to Bologna, but if I want a destabilizing individual experience, I can just go to Walmart instead. And, if so inclined, buy a pack of bologna.

  7. You ever have a destabilizing individual experience?

    All the time. It’s called mescaline, it’s the only way to fly.

  8. I would have thought the mirrors demystified the inchoate blending of immobile transgressions, but that’s what makes it a ball game.

  9. I cool spectacle to behold. I can’t help but wonder playfully what the rest (if there’s more to it)of it looks like. I hope my dreams are of this tonight.

  10. Those who want to see more of this, click on “Source” for some great photos of this exhibit. I found one or two potentially destabilizing, for sure.

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