KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Artist

Shubigi Rao

Singapore

Pages from 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book' Vol. I of V Full colour publication, 2016, 320pp, softcover, dust-jacket with map 23.5 x 16.5cm, Photo: Maria Clare Khoo

My interests range from outmoded science and history, archaeology, neuroscience, to language, libraries, and cultural genocide. Whether creating archaeological archives of garbage, writing How-To manuals for building a nation, diagnosing peculiar forms of urban malaise where digital dandruff and pixel dust cloud the contemporary brain, building immortal jellyfish, or a pseudo-museum environment, my often tongue-in-cheek installations employ text and visual wordplay. Since 2013 my decade-long film, book and visual art project, ‘Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book’, examines the history of book repression, as well as the book as symbol and resistance. Filming public and private collections, libraries and archives, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, I am piecing together (through the film, 5 books, and artwork) our conjoined literary and violent trajectories.

STAY
01.06.2016 – 01.06.2017