Open Book Exhibit Reviewed
This kind of interactive reading is a theme that runs through the entire show. With the rise of e-books and the proclaimed death of print, traditional ways of reading may give way to more participatory ones. Jason Nelson's i made this. you play this. we are enemies. presents one possible outcome: he turns the book into a video game. A more compelling transformation is achieved by Christopher Baker's Murmur Study, a real-time transcription of Twitter posts on eight separate printers aligned on a wall. Viewers are able to follow the mundane conversations of people as well as review past conversations by scavenging through the collected printouts on the floor. Baker takes a momentary means of communication and conserves it into a story. The result is subtle, profound, and alone worth a visit to this captivating exhibition.
[Originally published in May, 2010.]