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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