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HOW TO PEER THROUGH A WORMHOLE
An ongoing inquiry

In 2014 I first visited the Biblioteca Francisco de Burgoa in Oaxaca, Mexico. The library preserves premodern texts, many of which, because of their provenance, happen to be marked by wormholes from ancient larval incursions. Instead of seeing the books as damaged, these books with their wormholes are compelling facts of matter: everything transforms. My first visit to the Burgoa Library resulted in the artist’s book exhibition in 2015: Materias: Matter and Subject Matter. Here is a link to a catalogue of that project.

To further explore wormholes in books, I have partnered with Carla Nappi to spend more time peering through—and thinking with—the wormholes. We will explore how the holes embody alliances, at once deliberate and accidental, between human authors and the larvae that metabolize the matter of books. The voids in the wormholes will guide us. And as we pay attention, over time we will develop a series of works utilizing a range of media and texts. This project will be an interpretive translation of the enchantments and potentials of reading with wormholes.