The Library of Babel
Artist’s Book with book cloth, handwritten text, photographic inkjet prints, assorted papers, thread, and French-door binding
The Library of Babel is a short story by Argentine author, Jorge Luis Borges, which explores ideas of language, information, and infinity through the metaphor of the universe as a library. The library is so vast that it contains every book ever written, unfinished books, imagined books, and books of the future.
This work is an interpretation of Borges’s narrative, a weave of two voices between writer and artist. In a french-door binding structure, the form has two "doors," or sides from which the viewer can read, either one at a time or simultaneously. The book also contains hidden accordion and fold-out pages to add to the dynamic reading (and looking) experience. The unusual hexagonal form of the book is meant to reinforce the motif of hexagons in the story.