In today’s stroll through the PechaKucha archive we uncover an artist who makes sculptures out of books he’s put in the washing machine.
I use books as the material in my present work and process them in different ways. I have washed 70 books in my washing machine on different programmes in order to see how paper, binding, soap, spindry and other factors influence the sculptures. I took them out of the machine and dried them exactly the way they came out. Now I know a lot more about the effect of washing in a machine, about the difference between a sculpture and a lump of papier-maché and what soap and fabric softener does to the colour of the items. The proces emphasized discussions on: what is art (and what is not), is changing a book blasphemy or transformation from one artform to another, and is a book only a book when it is readable? By exhibiting my books I have experienced what happens when we meet the unexpected on our way through everyday life, and the necessity of being provoked to see and grasp the ordinary in surprising new ways.
Singapore had its Vol. 5 a month ago — that’s the poster pictured above (it was added to our Tumblr blog a while back), and we highlight it because this week saw another PK event in the city, part of the World Architecture Festival. PK cofounder Mark Dytham was on hand for the event — he’s participating in the conference as a judge and speaker — and we’ll share all of the presentations from the event on the PK site later this month.
Below, a couple of photos from the PechaKucha + WAF event.
It’s another big Thursday (October 4): PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 13, PKN Moncton Vol. 7, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6, PKN Doha Vol. 6, PKN Vaxjo Vol. 12,PKN Kolding Vol. 18, and PKN New Orleans Vol. 7. Tomorrow, Osijek has its first PKN, along with PKN Kosice Vol. 23 and PKN Tulsa Vol. 2.
Originally published on PechaKucha. Republished with kind permission.