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December 09, 2003

Reversing Vandalism

A textual preview of the upcoming exhibition, Reversing Vandalism, at the San Francisco Public Library, Jan 31 - May 2, 2004.

This entry is by artist Alan D'Souza of San Francisco, exhibit L.146. He used the text of a vandalized library book to create an apple, currently on preview at the library. His description exemplifies the exhibition theme, reversal:

The apple is a symbol of many things. A gift of knowledge. A source of temptation. The approach we choose determines our fate. This apple was cast using recycled lead type and subsequently covered with text from a vandalized library book. This construction references the printed word—and the process through which it disseminates information. When letters and words are set to paper, they represent thoughts that—in and of themselves—carry no value. As readers, we interpret these ideas and subsequently act on our interpretations. It is these interpretations and actions—rather than the printed word itself—that warrant commendation or condemnation. When we approach the printed word with a determination for understanding, growth is inevitable. Any lesser approach is an indelible flaw—a typographical error of sorts that stems from and permanently defaces the reader.
For all students of media literacy, recommended. Posted by dotpeople at December 9, 2003 11:47 PM | TrackBack