On thousand and twenty reasons (Purge #4)

One thousand and twenty reasons (from the Expurgo # 4 project)
Artist book
21 x 29.7 x 18 cm
1074 pages
Hard cover
Edition: La Casa Encendida and Arts Santa Mònica
Unique piece
* Finalist at the Biennal d’Art Ciutat d’Amposta 2018. Members of the jury: Juan Canela, Núria Enguita, Alexandra Laudo and Martí Manen.

Exporting (pruning) means cleaning, choosing. Clean (a plant) of the useless or superfluous branches. Purge.

Other meanings of the word are: remove works that have become obsolete (from a library, from a file). Purge of errors a theory, a book. Remove from a thing what is bad or dangerous. To suppress an authority what it considers wrong or annoying in a writing.

It is a tool for controlling vegetation that functions as a metaphor in the management of knowledge and memory.

Expurgo # 4 proposes a purge of the library fund of La Casa Encendida, from what had been Caja Madrid.

A total of six thousand eight hundred books are purged for the project, which are marked with an ex-libris before being made available to the public. With this gesture, the books are intervened as part of an artistic project, with the intention of altering its value.

The books are arranged on a table indicating the visitors that can take the books they want, leaving in writing the reason for their choice. With the collected motifs, a total of one thousand twenty-one, the artist’s book Twenty-one reasons has been drawn up. This book is ordered by different categories in which the reasons have been classified.

Index of reasons for choosing a book

– Without reason. In white
– Incomprehensible calligraphy (classification has not been possible)
– Aspect: cover. Illustrations Images. Color…
– Title
– Argument. Plot. Synopsis. Back cover
– Author
o Know him and like him for his work
o Ignorance and interest in knowing him
– Theme. Gender
o Current affairs
o History Geography. Archeology
o Social content
o Literature
o Historical novel
o Adventures. Childish
or Intrigue. Suspense. Drama. Terror
or Novel black. Detectives
Romantic novel
o Arts (visual arts, poetry, photography, dance …)
o Science
or Animals
– It seems interesting. I like it. Curiosity. Funny. Funny. Let’s see how
– Read
o Taste for reading
o Summer reading. Holidays…
– Quality guarantee
or Universal. A classic. Essential
o Authorized and prestigious for a prize
or Recommended by another person
– “A signal. The book found me “
– Expand personal library. Collection
– Put knowledge into circulation
or Share. Give away
o Donation to other libraries
– Acquire specific knowledge on a topic and apply them
o Know or learn about historical facts
o Learn or improve a language
– Know other cultures, countries
– Travel to other places and times with imagination
– Book as document, trace (of an exhibition)
– Practical use: sell it. Fit a table …
– Reaffirm a personal opinion
– Contrast another point of view. Another vision
– Reunion. Have read it in the past. Continuation. Second part…
– Memory. Personal link
– Cinematic reference. Having seen the movie
– Basic needs
– Healing
– Express support or disagreement with the Expurgo # 4 project
– Others

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