koby (yaacov) barhad
Archive of Years to Come
The project was originally designed for the "South Lambeth" library in London (one of the Tate's free libraries that is currently under threat of closure).
The "Archive of Years to Come" is a book-ageing machine, a chrono-chamber. Inside the machine, a book lives an accelerated history, a synthetic timeline.
Spending four hours inside is the equivalent of one real year.
Having no documented history, records or past catalogues, the library, was given a "time machine", enabling it to age its present - thus producing a new past for a humble, unevaluated, functional community library.
The chamber operates with UVC radiation lamps and high humidity levels.
Behaviouristic Time Machine
Monitor showing the ageing process
Humidifier + humidity meter
marshall mcluhan, understanding media
Gloves for turning pages inside the chamber