In another attempt to plant an intellectual time bomb inside the art system’s machinery, Wasted Books arrived at the Vancouver Art Book Fair without any books. However, by mid-fair, we had curated a bag of garbage and presented the curated items (livres de débris) on our table. On the final day, we unveiled Kotext, a book in the form of a box of feminine napkins. While the primary goal of an artist is to earn credibility by mimicking the establishment, Wasted Books seeks to destroy the art world and the world of capital with which it is complicit.
Wasted Books' ongoing mission to question the conventions of the art book fair were met with enthusiasm and confusion. While we turned to the circular table to alleviate the dominant rectilinearity of the fair, we failed to overcome the pervasive flatness of the event. However, in a move that generated shockwaves to all in attendance, Wasted Books transformed the site of commerce (the table) into a site of contestation (a playground), refusing to sell anything.
Book fairs tend to be flat, square, stationary affairs. Wasted Books attempted to alleviate those symptoms by moving our table around the room, encircling the table with balloons, and hanging books by fishing line from the ceiling. We also spent more time hanging out with friends outside the book fair than behind our table, giving people curious about our books and objects an added sense of disorientation.