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Card Catalog Concerto: The Surprising Afterlives of Information Technology

Card Catalog Concerto: The Surprising Afterlives of Information Technology

This video is an intriguing—and surprisingly beautiful—example of one possible afterlife of information technology. From the YouTube page:

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, students in Professor Richard Fiorelli’s foundation design class got creative and transformed boxes of catalog cards into an orchestra of noisemakers. Freshman Christopher Ramos ‘14 recorded the sounds, manipulated them, and created this sound piece. Then, using photos by librarian Cristine Rom and photographer Rob Muller, junior Michaela Lynch ‘12 (T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts) produced this video featuring CIA’s Gund Library. “I used the outdated analog slide projectors as an aesthetic starting point and went from there,” said Michaela, “adding stop motion, still motion, and all sorts of mayhem.”

I particularly like the segment that begins at 0:48, where the sound of a library object and the visual space the library merge. Indeed, that’s something I really enjoy about this: the library and its past are not forsaken in this form of creative reuse. The cards still communicate—differently but still powerfully.

[co-posted at bookmobility, my blog about information in motion]

 

Signature image from Wikipedia Commons, by Ed Uthman (1973)
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