Booksmart

Josh Owen

30 Mar 2017 to 9 Apr 2017

I don’t read books. Of course I have read a handful, and own more than I can count, but I would never describe myself as a ‘big reader’ or a ‘booklover’. Encyclopaedias in particular have always been a complete mystery to me. Thankfully the tide has turned, and what were once a symbol of intelligence, wealth, and status have now become practically worthless – dusty relics full of old information presented in an old way. Booksmart is an installation of over 100 Encyclopaedias and reference guides presented alongside a video piece. It celebrates the death of a dated, static way of storing and accessing knowledge, and the birth of a new dynamic and democratic vehicle for information that often requires more of the reader.

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