Katie Herzog’s Rubbing the Internet Archive in Library as Incubator Project 11.1.17

Featuring: Katie Herzog


Today we are pleased to feature a recent exhibition by visual artist Katie Herzog. Katie is also the director of the Molesworth Institute, a special library devoted to the playful side of libraries and archives. Enjoy this write-up of Katie’s recent project, from the KLOWDEN MANN gallery.

“There is no way to perform architecture in a book. Words and drawings can only produce paper space, not the experience of real space. By definition, paper space is imaginary: it is an image”
– Bernard Tschumi

KLOWDEN MANN is proud to present Los Angeles-based artist Katie Herzog’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, Rubbing the Internet Archive. The exhibition will be on view from September 9th through October 14th, with an opening reception on September 9th from 6-8pm.

Rubbing the Internet Archive consists of a 10 foot high by 84 foot wide rubbing of the exterior of the Internet Archive building in San Francisco that Herzog made using rubbing wax on non-fusible interfacing. Created in pieces on-site in San Francisco’s Richmond district in July of 2017, the drawing will be adhered to the walls of the gallery’s main exhibition space, allowing the to-scale exterior of the Internet Archive to form the interior built-environment of the gallery.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996 with the stated mission of “Universal Access to All Knowledge”. The archive provides free public access to extensive collections of digitized materials including websites (a large portion of which are no longer live), public-domain books, music, software applications, television, and movies. Currently housing over 30 petabytes of data in one copy of the full archive, the Internet Archive has partial backup sites in locations such as Canada, Egypt and the Netherlands.

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