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The Bibliomancer’s Dream

  • April 29, 2011
  • Maya
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When I read about Alinah Azadeh’s installation ‘The Bibliomancer’s Dream, I tried to look for some pictures online. Sadly, I couldn’t find too many pictures of the installation, but the description of the installation sounds great. Here goes…

Via Alinah Azadeh

This large-scale installation took the form of a set of twelve two metre high bookshelves arranged in a circle with writing desks and scrolls attached.

Following the ancient ritual of bibliomancy (the art of divining with books) visitors to the installation were invited to select a book at random and pick a line or verse in order to learn a truth or simply inspire the imagination. Used by many cultures throughout history and each with a preferred text by which to practice the tradition, bibliomancy has long been viewed as a way of seeking guidance or answering a question

Writing their discovered text onto a giant length of ribbon, the wisdom seekers cranked up the scroll by means of a medieval-style pulley which spooled through the bookshelf like flying poetry.

Like some sort of primitive Ipod, The Bibliomancer’s Dream shuffled words and sentences around the library, allowing others to share the magic of randomly created poetry.

“The Bibliomancer’s Dream is a chance to share a playful, universal and poetic practice which I have drawn so much creative inspiration from for my artwork and which my mother brought alive for me as child through her love of the great Persian poets”.

The Bibliomancer's Dream


Image Source : Prodromos Sarigianis

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