The Quai Branly Guestbook at 39 verbs:
I visited the Quai Branly Museum in Paris because I had read about the controversies around it. Examining the museum for myself, I was soon overwhelmed by claustrophobia, getting lost in the dark, labyrinthian interior of long ramps, narrow corridors and miniscule side rooms, all determined by paper maché walls reminiscent of MacDonalds playground architecture. Then, on the top floor, I came across the guest book for the special exhibition "Planete Metisse". Surprised by the preponderance of positive comments, I photographed its pages, for further study at home.
For 39 verbs, I produced a print of the photos. My verb was "shear", and using the Adobe Illustrator command, the photos were angled to suggest the way one looks at pages in a book.
A bound volume of the same images also contains translations of guest book entries, comments, and some background information about the exhibition "Planete Metisse".
* an informal, collaborative effort among artists, students, their families, teachers, and neighbors