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Title Search on Plastic*s

Penn State University Libraries, 1504–2015


C-Print, 106 × 115 cm, Pennsylvania, 2016

All books with the word »plastic« in the title held by Penn State University libraries—a total of 1951 volumes—were borrowed for ten days and arranged chronologically. The carefully-chosen book titles which form the front row of the photo trace the progress of plastics from their first appearance as a wonder-material to their place as the backbone of the twenty-first century. The sequence follows plastic’s transformation from the plastic arts to the war industry, plastic surgery, and plastic money, from plastics for electrical insulation to neuroplasticity and 3D printing in plastic.

Title Search on Plastic*s, C-Print, 106 × 115 cm
Katrin Hornek Title Search on Plastic*s
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Katrin Hornek Title Search on Plastic*s
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Katrin Hornek Title Search on Plastic*s
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Katrin Hornek Title Search on Plastic*s
Katrin Hornek Title Search on Plastic*s

All books with the word »plastic« in the title held by Penn State University libraries—a total of 1951 volumes—were borrowed for ten days and arranged chronologically. The carefully-chosen book titles which form the front row of the photo trace the progress of plastics from their first appearance as a wonder-material to their place as the backbone of the twenty-first century. The sequence follows plastic’s transformation from the plastic arts to the war industry, plastic surgery, and plastic money, from plastics for electrical insulation to neuroplasticity and 3D printing in plastic.