Exeter Central Library (May 2003)
In April 2003, we
were granted entrance to the subterranean world of the Exeter Central
Library stack. The public result of this exploration was a commissioned
piece of textual archaeology for tEXt
2003, the theme of which was 'excavation of the word'.
Stack comprised a mis-guided tour for small
groups of people (involving the excavation of books to the main library
floor), a video of journeys through the stack and a sound installation.
"The mock excavation in the stacks of the main city library
was a magical experience. The books whispered continuously in the background.
The 'keyhole excavations' led us to remarkable titles at various levels." -
Hazel Harvey, Exeter Flying Post