Why reorder the Bible?
JENNIFER DUNLOP FLETCHER:
So the Tauba Auerbach piece, Alphabetized Bible, has reorganized the Holy Bible in alphabetical order by the letters. So it’s A, A, A, A, A; B, B, B, B, B. No words are legible. It’s only a pattern of letters, in alphabetical order.
Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, curator of Architecture and Design, in conversation with Apsara di Quinzio.
APSARA DI QUINZIO:
So you have this text that gets passed down. And it’s a sacred text that is very complicated. But it becomes abstracted over time. And the understanding of it evolves. And interpretation of the Bible is something that’s constantly changing over time.
Language has a tendency to become invisible. So the notion that spoken words are invisible; and then once they’re written, they’re, you know, very visible and definitely interpreted as almost an object in themselves, and taken apart and put back together in many different ways.
There is a sort of order, a logic behind Tauba’s presentation. But it’s also highly abstracted. It doesn’t actually make sense. You can’t sit down and read the text. So thinking about this kind of threshold of legibility and illegibility.
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