ink has been derived from inscriptions found in five
printed books from five centuries. Handwritten by explorers, lovers,
book owners, soldiers and authors these inscriptions express the wish
to individualise printed, mass-produced books. The inscriptions have
been taken from a Bible, a copy of the Arabian Nights, a Songbook and
books about Natural History and Botany.
ink consists of five colorless clear glass bulbs – each
partly filled with blue ink – and suspended from the ceiling. When the
visitor approaches, the bulbs begin to rotate, causing a layer of ink
to coat the inside surface. Through the ink, illuminated handwritten
inscriptions become visible on a spinning armature thanks to the
phenomenon of persistence of vision.
The inscriptions are given to the visitor individually. The
visitor’s presence causes the gesture of handing over the inscription
ink has been awarded with the UdK Award for Interdisciplinary Art and Science, University of Arts, Berlin 2010.