The Literate Letterbox Drop project.
I am planning to ride my bike delivering pages of wonderful novels (sourced from damaged books) to unsuspecting local residents. More details to come….
In our ever increasing digital age, I want to recontextualise the pages by dropping them into letterboxes in nearby neighbourhoods. The recipients of the pages will actually be a part of the artwork itself. (see Relational Art).
They may stop to question reading traditional books on paper and the pro’s and con’s of this as opposed to digital reading. So many of us (myself included) unwittingly give over more and more time to sitting in front of a screen (ebook, iBook, Facebook, Twitter and BLOGS!!!! HAHA). Saving paper (trees) is obviously a huge issue here too.
They may stop to chat to their neighbours to discuss what they found in their letterbox. I’m intrigued to see and hear about anything that may occur from the drop.
I am fascinated by how much of our life has moved online. Shopping (Ebay and countless websites), networking (LinkedIn), sharing photographs (Instagram), sex (sexting, Skype, OkCupid), relationships (eHarmony, RSVP) catching up with friends (Facebook), witty comments and banter (Twitter)… I’m sure the list will only grow longer.
What are your thoughts on paper Vs digital?
Anyway, where was I, oh yes, the good old fashioned book (printed on paper).
On my list are Oscar Wilde’s short stories, Nabakov’s Lolita, Catcher in the Rye, a bit of Gabriel Garcia Marquez thrown in to the mix, Catch 22, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and For the Term of His Natural Life. What’s on your list?
If anyone has any fantastic books beyond repair that they would like to donate to this cause and they live in Melbourne – let’s talk!!
Kate May Good xx