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Aug 08, 2013
Tom Phillips’s A Humument at MASS MoCA
For the last 40 years British artist Tom Phillips has been working on A Humument, a series of collages based on A Human Document, the Victorian novel by W.H. Mallock. Phillips has altered the individual pages of the original book four times, each edition creating a new concrete text poem. For Life’s Work MASS MoCA will show Mallock’s unaltered book along with Phillips’ first edition of A Humument completed in 1973 as well as his most recent 5th edition completed in 2012. This amounts to a total of over 1,000 individual book pages.
From a terrific Boston Globe review:
Phillips has described “A Humument” (pronounced “Hew-mew-ment” and subtitled “A Treated Victorian Novel”) as “a kitchen table task.” It has been, he adds, in the afterword to the latest published version of the book, “almost entirely an evening employment at the end of a studio day.”
The notion that an artist’s life project, his crowning glory, should have been a sort of side project, something done in the margins, as it were, while he was busy getting on with the real thing (whatever that was) is to be savored.
This is amazing. Love the idea to display the original text alongside the treated pages. Need to figure out a way to get to North Adams before the New Year.
Feb 05, 2013
Every page of both versions of A Humument has been done in a kitchen.
Nov 16, 2010
A Humument: the iPad App
Good interview with Tom Phillips about the app’s development, and his love for the iPad:
As soon as I got an iPad…my visual tongue was hanging out. I saw someone demonstrating something, showing off, and like Mr Toad when he saw the motor car went ‘poop-poop’ – I had to get one of these….It’s different things at different times, a serious research tool, or a communication device, but it’s a toy, I can play with it and find things I didn’t know existed…It’s also one of the oldest things in the world, as its called, a pad or a slate. This is a child’s slate like the one I had when I was five years old.
You can get the app (only for iPad) on iTunes.
Mar 02, 2010
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