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Obsolete Concepts, 2009


Obsolete Concepts by Melissa Bennett and Olivia Lam

The impact of technological advancements on both the visual arts and the book could not have been anticipated and with Obsolete Concepts contemporary artists question the relevance and the future of the printed book within the context of the gallery space.

The works presented here are rich with scientific, literary and art historical references that query our relationship to knowledge. Through a range of strategies the works of these artists challenge society's complacency about decoding text by exposing the slippage of language. They investigate the limits of human knowledge and perception as they are acquired through some of the most explicit and socially accepted classification systems - the encyclopedia and the dictionary. These works ask that knowledge not be taken for granted and that viewers consider the source of their knowledge. 

The Obsolete Concepts Catalogue is available for download here.