Sculptures as part of Add To My Library international project


Skoob Tower II -after John Latham, distorted World Atlases, Cartography Books, 210x40cm diam Installation View at Office Reception One Creechurch Place


Within an obsessive cultural context of hypertexts, e-learning and digitization, Christina Mitrentse’s on-going international project Add To My Library, reflects linear processes of collective narratives. Initially Inspired by Walter Benjamin’s writing ‘Unpacking my library’ and by provocateur British artist John Latham, ‘ATML’ alludes to an infinite META-LIBRARY. An idiosyncratic institution, questioning among others the fragility of transmission of knowledge in the current Educational and Socio-political persecution as it is experienced in the global crisis. Who manages and has access to the repositories of knowledge and information in our society? Mitrentse confronts the viewers with an array of humorous meditations on materiality, by appropriating books from her own collection -A montage of radical philosophy, popular novels, science and art books that have formed her artistic identity over the last 15 years, have been defaced Twisted, cut and stuck together, meticulously transformed into organic yet architectural constructions of small scale ‘Tombs’, ‘Plinths’, ‘Fungies’ and ‘Bibliophiles’. Their sculptural formulation raises questions regarding hierarchies of educational institutions provoking viewers to explore relationships between the social purpose and the cultural significance of ‘the Book’ as foreboding container for the distribution of knowledge and subjectivities. What is the purpose of the traditional book now days? What does materiality mean in a digital era? ‘’I consider this project as addressing the relationship of disembodied knowledge to embodied experience and materiality. Within the digital market  ‘ATML’ acts as a non-normalised  institution, a new place of knowledge” .


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