Bernard Appassamy
 
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In the beginning was the Data
Shortlisted for the 2013 Libris Awards
2013 Libris Awards Gallery

Now part of the Australian Library of Art, Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland

Statement
The TV series 'Who do you think you are?' pointed to the role of librarians and archivists in learning about our roots. They are the custodians of every recorded human experience, and ensure its accessibility and longevity.

Microfiche is a thin transparent film used to store information in miniaturised form. My sculpture from recycled microfiche alludes to the librarians' and archivists' methodical dedication and infinite construction of systems of data.

Dimensions
A spiral 118 cm at its widest diameter X 15 cm in height.

Materials
Approx 1,000 recycled microfiche, linen cord, fishing line and crimps.

Acknowledgements
With thanks to:
- John Shipp, former University Librarian, University of Sydney
- Australian Society of Archivists Inc
- Michael Pascoe, Managing Director, W & F Pascoe
- North Sullivan and Daniel Gfeller, The Photo Studio