Over the past decade or so, a number of artists have been experimenting with the art of book demolition. As Garrett Stewart suggests in his definitive handbook of the movement, Bookwork, such practices of undoing books are akin to what he calls “demediation” — taking books out of their functional environment (reading) to tell us something more essential about their meaning. It’s not just about mourning in other words, but understanding.
The trend in book demolition has now moved into the electronic realm. A new book (yes a book!) of images of broken kindle screens. Schadenfreude or beauty? You decide.