The essential contents

Els continguts imprescindibles [The essential contents]

Artist book

Digital printing on paper

316 units

18 x 23.5 cm

Production aid CAC Ses Voltes 2016-2017

[The essential contents] is an artist’s book consisting of a replica of the book L’Art en el regne de Mallorca by Marcel Durliat which is the most requested on loan by users of the library of the Faculty of Art History of the University of the Illes Balears at the time of carrying out the project. With the same measurements, number of pages, type of paper, etc., as if it were the same edition. In the play, the text has been removed. Only the marks and signs (underlined in pencil, pen …) that the different readers have made on the pages are printed, surely with the intention of highlighting the most relevant content or those key concepts of the text.

This piece links to the research area of ​​the Esporgats (Pruned) project, where I am interested in the mechanisms of construction and knowledge management. If in Esporgats, a system was disclosed to withdraw books from public libraries, with one of the criteria for doing so, based on the disinterest of users: if a book is not borrowed, it may be a reason to leave room for others who are more “necessary”.

The essential continguts pull the thread in the opposite direction and point to the most read book of Art History studies in the island context. We may have to ask ourselves why.

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