Curated by Mary Conlon
Paperplane responds to recent negotiations between European editors and an internet search engine regarding a lucrative and legislated agreement on the digitisation of the world’s books. Fears that the world’s ‘last library’ might be controlled as a commercial enterprise have sparked debate about the future of literature in light of the proliferation of virtual records as well as the simultaneous decline of readership. Digitisation allows for more practical and accessible circulation of texts and for new life to be breathed into forgotten publications. Consequently, however, the book in its physical form becomes a rarefied object of obsolete function.
Exhibition dates: Thursday, February 18, 2010 until Sunday, March 21, 2010.