Indices

Garden Street: Upstairs

Indices is an artistic exploration into the roles that books can play in today’s media-rich society. Indices builds on content from Mary Hale’s 2011 installation, The Topographic Bookscape. Installed both at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at Harvard in 2011, The Topographic Bookscape comprised thousands of decommissioned library books, shuffled, recategorized and re-purposed into a landscape that treated the book as a module of architectural invention. Mary has since taken a deeper interest in the obsolescence of the weighty, dense index. Her recent explorations re-appropriate indexes, transforming their heavy piles of pages into delicate, lightweight enclosures and dynamic surfaces.

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