Doug Beube
Spirit of Rome

1994
altered book
7 x 5 in.
The text and pictures in, Spirit of Rome, have been excavated—like countless ancient sites in Rome itself—so that viewers can see the book, though no longer read it, from the first page to the last. Evoking in this layered exposure the inner rings of a tree, the book is presented, in contrast to electronic text, as an object of impermanence that references its original materiality as organic matter, both fragile and transient.
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