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Inscription taken from: The Bible, 1599.

ink has been derived from inscriptions found in five printed books from five centuries. Handwritten by explorers, lovers, book owners, soldiers and authors these inscriptions express the wish to individualise printed, mass-produced books.The inscriptions have been taken from a Bible, a copy of the Arabian Nights, a Songbook and books about Natural History and Botany.

ink consists of five colourless clear glass bulbs – each partly filled with blue ink – and suspended from the ceiling. When the visitor approaches, the bulbs begin to rotate, causing a layer of ink to coat the inside surface. Through the ink, illuminated handwritten inscriptions become visible on a spinning armature thanks to the phenomenon of persistence of vision.

The inscriptions are given to the visitor individually. The visitor’s presence causes the gesture of handing over the inscription again.

ink has been awarded with the UdK Award for Interdisciplinary Art and Science, University of Arts, Berlin 2010

Thank you to the National Library and the Botanic Garden Library, Edinburgh for lovely inscriptions. The development of ink has been made possible with the kind support of the Dick Institute, City of Edinburgh Council, New Media Scotland & Elke.
Work: Medium: , , 2008