BOOKBURN/ Library of Books Burned is an immersive, multi-layered interactive video installation, which places spectators at the center of a book burning. An abstract narrative unfolds through three acts: cherishing books, burning books, and preserving the ashes of burned books. BOOKBURN/ Library of Books Burned raises questions about how our collective inaction to stop culture from being destroyed around the world makes us complicit in the act of destruction. It also aims to highlight the phenomenon of book burning as an ongoing contemporary issue, and one of universal relevance.
BOOKBURN / Library of Books Burned is installed to give visitors an audio-visual experience for thirteen minutes on a continual loop. 3 to 4 video streams are projected onto and through 2 scrim-walls, focusing on a central “pyre” sculpture. “Library” shelves of jars containing the ashes of burned books provide an intimate experience in which viewers are confronted by the preserved ashes.
This project is supported by Humanities New York, and The National Coalition Against Censorship. BOOKBURN/ Library of Books Burned will be shown at Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, from September 12, 2018 through January 9, 2019.