The Search for Bob Brown’s Machine, Parts I, II, & III

The Search for Bob Brown’s Machine, Parts I, II, & III is an installation, shown as part of the MA Book Art Final Show at Camberwell in early September 2012.

The work seeks to engage with the act of reading today via research into Bob Brown and his mysterious reading machine.┬áBob Brown, an American avant-garde writer and poet, in 1930 wrote a call for books to escape their binding, text to leave the page behind and for readers to ‘see words machine-wise’. He wanted reading and writing to catch up with the rest of the fast paced age he lived in and so proposed a reading machine. This machine was never fully realised and yet the legacy of Brown and his reading machine lives on and has recently come to be much discussed in light of the advent of the e-reader.

The piece is in three parts; part I is a wall installation with vinyl text; part II is a table or console which also houses part III, the colophon, which as a bookwork that could also stand alone, brings all the elements of the work together in an accessible take-away form.

The Search for Bob Brown’s Machine, Part I: Wall

The Search for Bob Brown’s Machine, Part II: Table

The Search for Bob Brown’s Machine, Part III: Colophon

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