Bibliopolis

Edited by:  Flurina & Gianni Paravicini
Drawings and photos: Adam Dant
German, English
Design: Max Christian Graeff
Hardcover, 22,6 x 33,5 cm, 80 S/p.
Edition of 300, signed and numbered
February 2014
ISBN 978-3-906016-30-6
CHF 75.– / EUR 60.–

Special edition:
Numbers 1 to 15 are bound in a different colour and contain an original drawing by Adam Dant. They are not available in bookstores; please contact the gallery directly.
CHF 750.– / EUR 610.-

In the summer of 2012, when Adam Dant was working in Lucerne on his large piece Bibliotopia, which refers to the “Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges, he came up with the idea of exploring the hidden and mental libraries of London in an extended series of drawings. Subsystems and covert relationships between institutions and people have long been the subject matter of Dant’s studies. By treating and documenting outlandish flights of fancy as truthful fact, he alters our realistic gaze, expanding it with fantastic elements that can actually be credibly anchored in the canon of our knowledge. The Bibliotopia series takes us on a tour of imaginary, “impossible” libraries in London’s financial district, the Square Mile. The very presence of these institutions bears compelling witness to the existence of  intellectual research, taxonomic studies and knowledge that has in reality long been eradicated by dominant commercial interests. In profane black-and-white photographs. Dant shows us 30 contemporary places where the knowledge of our supposedly networked universe was once – or even still? – collected and further developed.