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Arnold Dreyblatt: The Re-Collection Mechanism

September 9, 2001 - February 10, 2002


In 1985, after finding a copy of Who's Who in Central and Eastern Europe 1933, Dreyblatt became obsessed with the text's content and meaning. Dreyblatt has created a mechanical instrument that explores how we locate and sort historical information. The Re-Collection Mechanism's computers randomly pick a word from a list that Dreyblatt has prepared, then search through a database of the Who's Who. Implicitly, it questions the purpose of building archives and collecting information. As a reconstruction of events and facts, memory itself becomes a random and faulty operation.

Arnold Dreyblatt
The Re-Collection Mechanism
Multimedia, part of the installation "From the Archives"
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum Fur Gegenwart, Berlin, 1999-2000
Photo by Werner Zellien.A2331

Arnold Dreyblatt: The Re-Collection Mechanism has been made possible through the continuing generosity of public and private donors to The Jewish Museum's Fine Arts Endowment Fund. Additional support for Arnold Dreyblatt: The Re-Collection Mechanism has been provided by Melva Bucksbaum.

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