Gabriel Burkett

Untitled (Odyssey)

The Untitled (Odyssey) series is an exploration of nostalgia for The Book. Homer’s Odyssey is perhaps the ultimate meme, transmitted from the oral to the written, written to the printed, and printed to the digital. Pages (or better, images of pages) taken from the Google Book Project’s digital version of a 1909 edition provide source material for an examination of transformation through copying, and the physicality of the virtual. Further, the works call to question the mass-privatization of cultural knowledge and Google’s ambition to digitize every book in the world – that is, 129,864,880 books, by its estimation. An ambition both seductively romantic and incredibly dangerous.