The Sorted Book Project
I stumbled over some very interesting work by Nina Katchadourian, a multi-media artist. The Sorted Book Project, started in 1993, takes place in may locations from public libraries to private book collections.
The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies â€” a cross-section of that library’s holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.