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Quant aux livres, il est merveilleusement juste que la plupart d'entre eux s'ouvrent et se ferment sur une page blanche.
Marcel Havrenne (Daily Bul and Co. Bruxelles: Lebeer-Hossmann, 1976, p. 356)

De elegie is me niet bruut genoeg. Uiteindelijk staat die indruk los van enig tijdsbesef. Wie of wat gedateerd is, laat ik graag aan de expertise van het persgilde over. In dezelfde jaren, om precies te zijn in 1918, schreef Chlebnikov in ieder geval een gedicht dat zo inzette: 'Op deze dag van blauwe beren, / Die zich langs stille wimpers haasten, / Zie ik achter het blauwe water / In de kelk van het oog het bevel te ontwaken.' Ik weet werkelijk niet of ik nu de correcte observatie pleeg, maar zo'n bevel kan volgens mij niet anders luiden dan gehoorzaam nooit.
Marc Kregting (Rondom hun vrije uitweg, In: Freespace Nieuwzuid, 3(2004)12, p.21-22)

I wonder sometimes, if there will come a time when I will feel that I own enough dictionaries.
Jessamyn West (Abada Abada blog, 26.01.2006)

Je ziet alles. / Alles ziet jou? / In een oogopslag // de spiegel van het menselyk bedryf
Jan Lauwereyns (fragment uit: De boeke-kas. Waar toe zo veel?)

What really needs to happen is for artists to look at sustainable economies based on collaborative networks and peer-to-peer communication models, rather than begging for thousands of pounds from corporations that basically just disappears into fancy catalogues and grand opening parties. It's obvious that the work that attracts this type of sponsorship will never be critical in any effective way.
Simon Ford (interviewed by Richard Marshall for 3am, 2002)

It is possible that electronic networking will eventually liberate information from the custody of libraries; the new art librarianship will not resist this, but will in parallel with such developments re-value art books, and books as art, as historical artefacts, reviving a more museum-like function from the history of librarianship, while continuing to serve as a manifest symbol of the wealth of human knowledge.
Simon Ford (The Disorder of Things: The Postmodern Art Library, in: ALJ, 18(1993)3, p. 10)

A new art librarianship will expect of art librarians that they should be aware of the ways in which art libraries legitimise certain books and artworks, thus reinforcing the hegemony of the dominant culture, and that they should be prepared to use the power of art libraries knowingly and productively. Instead of imposing order through inflexible classification schemes, the new artlibrarianship will embrace the ‘disorder’ of a vast complex of knowledge seen from multiple viewpoints, accomodated by hypertext, for example.
Simon Ford (The Disorder of Things: The Postmodern Art Library, in: ALJ, 18(1993)3, p. 10)

Lijstjes: bah!
Jo Coucke (De Leeskamer blog, 20.12.2003)

Museums possess the means and possebilities to be sites of critical discourse.
Boris Groys (The Museum in the Age of Mass Media)

(...) brievenbus (dat is een soort analoge inbox)
Mijn kop thee-log, 04.01.2004

Art now reads out as social software: information. Once we know that the purpose is to influence the social software we can do away with art and start influencing the social software directly. Beyond that the artist will probably dissolve, cease to exist in our society as a separate heroic figure.
Les Levine (The information fall-out, In: Studio International, vol. 181, june 1971, nr. 9, p. 267)

Umberto Eco is de belangrijkse intellectueel van de niet-religieuze, humanistische, kritische en oneerbiedige Europese traditie. Hij is de ziel, het hart en de maag van Europa. Ik kan me geen betere president van dit oude continent voorstellen.
Geert Lernout (De Standaard der Letteren, 07.01.2004)

Libraries Deconstructed - post
Henk Ellerman (In Between weblog, 10.12.2003)

The idea that some books can be hand-held movies appeals to me, as well as the book as a random-access artwork.
Clive Phillpot (mail-interview with Ruud Janssen, 1997-2001)