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Video StillThe Field, the Mantel: Reading the Library of Congress Classification Outline to the Trees (in progress)

This project will be a 250+ hour video showing us reading the published Library of Congress subject headings to nature. Started this summer (2010), and scheduled to capture the changing seasons, it will be finished in spring.

The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress. The system, like an outline, divides all knowledge into twenty-one basic classes, each identified by a single letter of the alphabet. Over the course of the twentieth century, the system was adopted for use by other libraries as well, especially large academic libraries in the United States. It is currently one of the most widely used library classification systems in the world.

The published LCC is 16,692 pages, broken into 42 volumes. We will videotape ourselves reading in 42 different outdoor locations, one site for each volume. This will result in a 42 volume video, with volume duration varying from 1:30 to 17:00 hours in length.