I often wonder what a non-human intelligence might be like and how it would express itself. Could it be so alien to us that we would not recognize it? might we then assume that other forms of intelligence exist on Earth unrecognized by humanity? We look for patterns and meanings within those patterns but there are many patterns that exist in this world for which we do not attach meaning. Perhaps the rhythm of the waves breaking on the shore, the branching of a stately beech or a ring of mushrooms is the written language of an intelligence we can't recognize.
The Library at Babel takes its name from a short story by Jorge Luis Borge. It is both homage to that great human tradition of storing knowledge and statement as to how much we do not know.
|Library at Babel, 2006
6 x 6.5 x 6.5 ft.