Table and chair; pen and paper; text and time What sounds long and complicated describes most simply the heart of it all: handwritten books, meticulously crafted as one-of-a-kind objects. This unconventional way of making texts accessible questions our dependency on technology, shifting the focus from mere content delivery to a very personal, even intimate experience of literature. All it takes in the process is a table and a chair to sit on, a pen and paper, and a piece of text worthwhile to be read—and rewritten. In a way, this turns back the hands of time, to an era before Gutenberg and the printing press, where print wasn’t on the verge of dying—indeed where it hadn’t even been born.
Table and chair; pen and paper; text and time is an exploration of handwriting in various contexts: books, spaces, performances and workshops. It offers an experience in response to the fast pace of contemporary culture.
Shown at: Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2011, Dia:Chelsea, Dia Art Foundation and Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA, 2010