Today is the last day to catch artist, curator, and professor Christof Migone’s installation in The Bookcase. Comprised of two works that comment on books, libraries, and collecting, Millefeuille and Flipper A bring to mind one of my all time favourite articles, Walter Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library“: “This or any other procedure is merely a dam against the spring tide of memories which surges toward any collector as he contemplates his possessions. Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.”
Millefeuille is a pile of one thousand blank pages torn from books in Migone’s library. Millefeuille in French literally means one thousand sheets, leaves or pages. It is also the name for a type of pastry. Migone writes, “Some books have no blank pages, quite a few have one in the front and one in the back, some have several. I rip all of the ones I find. On each page I write the title and author of the book it is torn from, then assemble the layers and serve this pastry to all the bibliophiles.” Millefeuille (2006) will be on display in the Bookcase while a second edition, Millefeuille 2 (2013) is showing at QueenSpecific in Toronto.
Flipper A (2007) is an audio flipbook of 99 books starting with the letter ‘A’ culled from the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives of the Banff Center for the Arts. The recordings are left largely unaltered. The flipping action is miked closely in order to transpose physical materiality to the sonic realm. Each book’s weight, size, binding affects how a book will flip and consequently how a book sounds.
photos by Kim Neudorf