To The Power of Three
Abigail Thomas, UK
|To The Power of Three
started out as an exercise or personal performance, which consisted
of repetitively copying out lists of Google search results by hand
into an old style school exercise book. The first search was through
Google Web, the second Google
Books, the third Google Scholar;
the results restricted to just three web pages in length. The search
term used is the same for each search; 'Al-Mutanabbi
The process of making was also a process of learning by repetition
through Google search results, copying them in order to better retain
the information and discover what happened to links and the information
contained within them when taken away from their web of endless
connections. The next stage in the making of the work was another
form of copying; photocopies of an exercise, documentation of a
document. Withdrawing the original from the work further removes
the information's usefulness and readability, rendering the document
an ephemeral reproduction or an imperfect copy.
These gatherings of documents provide a snapshot into a particular
moment of time, a time where we are well within the 'information
age', where we now believe we have the potential of access to all
information collected on the WWW. The internet dominates how most
people get their information, how they communicate with each other
and how they access the most up to date news stories. There is a
sea of endless articles, web pages and documents with links to more
information and links from those, but how much can you really find
out about something when you try to?
This bookwork is an edited, uncomprehensive, and effectively unusable
list of hyper-link opportunities; a frustrating document that captures
non-information (if there is such a thing) in a rote school fashion.
The exercise book as document, but a document to what? Al-Mutanabbi
Street as a name, as a search term, as a group of words, as information,
or even as non-information?
Abigail Thomas lives and works in London.