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The Library of Babel

I am rereading The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges.

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Nowadays people are connecting to the Internet and are given the ability to produce as well as consume the information on it. ‘Library of Babel’, by Jorge Luis Borges, is a story in which he describes an infinite library containing all possible books.‘Library of Babel’ seems eerily predictive of todays internet, which we can think of as a sort of digital ‘total library’ containing a growing amount of valuable information as well as junk. Will we as users experience difficulties to deal with this thriving growth? Will we loose our personal voice, our story in this vortex of information?

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left picture: Erik Desmazieres illustration of The Library of Babel
right picture: Google Data Center Server Space

 

 

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the Banff Centre, Canada

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Aerial Banff Centre – Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka

the Banff Centre

The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program in Visual Arts provides time and space for individuals and groups to create new works, research innovative ideas, and experiment with different techniques and modes of production.

Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24-hours a day. The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts programs focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts. The programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and video, as well as curatorial and critical studies. 

 

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Accepted to the Visual Arts program at the Banff Centre!

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I have applied for the Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program in Canada and I got in, HURRAY! During my 3 week stay at BAIR I will be working on an interactive installation. Progress being made before, during and after my stay in BAIR will be posted regularly here on this blog.

A big THANK YOU to Hermen Maat and Nathalie Beekman who both guided me in defining and analyzing the concept and context for this art installation.

Also a big THANK YOU to ​​​​to Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen for providing me a grant ‘Versterk Je Talent’ (strengthen your talents) that will cover most of my costs for the BAIR program.