A new artwork that grapples with the concept of boredom has been installed on the third floor (main floor) of Koerner Library. The piece, entitled Threshold, (cont.), is a video installation by Vancouver artist Lorna Brown that examines how writers, thinkers and philosophers have dealt with the topic of boredom.

Placed in the context of a university library where the published results of research are stored and accessed through different media, Threshold (cont.) raises questions about how knowledge is circulated, the processes of engaged learning, and the weariness or lack of interest that can result from information overload.

For more information on the installation, please visit http://belkin.ubc.ca/current (make sure to scroll down the screen).

Brown, an award-winning artist, writer and curator, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1984. She has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (now Emily Carr University) and at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Brown was the curator for Group Search: art in the library, a series of artists’ projects at the Vancouver Public Library from 2006 to 2008. She is now developing the Centre for Art in Public Spaces at Langara College.

This project is a collaboration of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Walter C. Koerner Library at UBC, and has been made possible by the generous support of the Audain Foundation.

The February 2009 issue of e-Strategy, UBC IT’s newsletter, features a story on UBC Library’s database walk project.

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An article on the first B.C. Digitization Symposium, held recently at UBC, appears in the BCLA Browser (this is the new open access newsletter from the British Columbia Library Association).

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