About this piece:
Infinite Archives consists of a portfolio and two interior folios, two maps and a ticket. The first folio is a Citation of Provenance, which holds the second folio, the Multiverse Baedekers, which opens to a map of La Ville Lumière, an alternate universe of Paris. Tucked in a back pocket is a map of multiverses and a ticket for travel to the universe of one’s choosing. Two questions may come to mind: What’s a Multiverse and what’s a Baedekers?
First, the Multiverse: There is a theory that there may not just be one universe, but perhaps an infinite number. This concept is attractive to some cosmologists because it makes infinite compositional permutations possible, thus accounting for the miraculously fine tuned forces of our universe. Countless universes gives enough probability that an optimal one, such as ours, would materialize.
Years later, while wandering the the stacks of UC Berkeley’s Doe Library, a row of short red spines caught my eye. I’d stumbled on a lost treasure! I slid a Baedekers from the shelf and spent hours sitting on the floor leafing through pages charmed with precise logistics of a vanished time and unfolding exquisite maps of bygone spaces.
Provenance: The idea for a Multiverse Baedekers first appeared in my book, Matter, Antimatter, and So Forth. In the Time folio, the two characters are hunting through “ancient libraries suspended in intergalactic eddies of time.” There, among books “lost between imagination and page,” they stumble upon a Multiverse Baedekers; and I leave this story for another time. And so here it is—well part of it. Years later, while wandering the the stacks of UC Berkeley’s Doe Library, a row of short red spines caught my eye. I’d stumbled on a lost treasure! I slid a Baedekers from the shelf and spent hours sitting on the floor leafing through pages charmed with precise logistics of a vanished time and unfolding exquisite maps of bygone spaces.
paper, brass, thread, ink
About the artist:
Casey Gardner is a printmaker and book artist living in Berkeley, CA. After graduating from CU Boulder, she worked in journalism and ski racing before moving from Colorado to the Bay Area. She received a BFA in Printmaking and Graphic Design from California College of the Arts. Her multilayered narratives explore the intersection of scientific understanding and human meaning. She writes, draws, prints and binds her own work with Set in Motion Press.