In 2012, after 244 years in paper printing, the prestigious Encyclopedia Britannica announced to the world that it would leave the traditional format and become available only in digital. The 17 volumes, half a million topics, written by thousands of contributors and reviewed by 19 full-time editors, thus migrated into the twenty-first century for online. A paper tradition was lost, which had been held since 1768 at the first edition of the British in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The traditional encyclopedias, compilation of knowledge, or "circular education", thus defining its etymology, coined in Classical Greek, seek in this time of the digital a new way to captivate readers and, truthfully, reduce production costs. This is without giving up its nature, the raising of human knowledge in articles written by experts, which includes detailed maps and illustrations.
Thousands of illustrations, superimposed on so many thousands of pages that fascinate the German artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson. This looks at encyclopedias left to the abandonment by time and users and sees in these stripped objects a way to communicate with new audiences.
In an age of digital community encyclopedias, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, Alexander deconstructs the past. Through elaborate and intricate work cutting hundreds of pages of an encyclopedic volume, the creator elaborates narrative scenarios. Overlapping images that are nothing more than taking advantage of the hundreds of illustrations that make up each volume. After the job is finished, the volume is sealed. It becomes an object of art for the exposition of those who acquire it.
One of the purposes of Alexander, who works from the UK, is to salvage for the present a past work, almost an archaeologist of the paper that cleans substrates, rescuing to the look of his public, fragments forgotten under hundreds of leaves.
About your work tells us Alexander Korzer-Robinson in his page online: "I make book sculptures, working them page by page, cutting some illustrations, removing others. In this way, I construct a composition, using only the images found in the book ".
Still on the subject of "smashing" books, an activity that may shock bibliophiles, Alexander argues that he understands the desire to preserve old books. However, what they do is rescue them from a near end, giving them a new life for art. "In the end everyone will become dust," he finished.