daniel_lehan (daniel_lehan) wrote,

GORILLA IN THE ROSES by Davina and Daniel

This work took place at Camberwell Public Library on 22 June as part of Camberwell Arts Festival - Live Art Programme.

The work drew its inspiration from the defacing of books belonging to Islington Public Library by the playrght Joe Orton, and his partner Keith Halliwell in 1962, for which they were both imprisioned.

Presenting a collection of withdrawn library books, Davina and Daniel encouraged visitors to the library users to deface and re-make the books through the acts which included the cutting, ripping, tearing, folding and shaping of pages, the re-writing of text, and the addition of comments. The defaced books were subsequently displayed on a shelf in the Reference Section of the Library remaining there for one week.

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