Elastic System

Richard Wright 2017

A mosaic digital portrait of the early nineteenth-century librarian Thomas Watts made of images of 4,300 books currently stored in the library’s basement provides live links from each book to the library’s electronic requesting system. The project makes visible the digital data generated in public institutions in order to illuminate the way that people and cultural organisations interact. The version displayed at Digital Catapult was a documentation version of the original work.

Elastic System is part of the ‘Internet of Cultural Things’ research project, a partnership between Richard Wright, Dr Mark Coté (King’s College London) and Professor Jussi Parikka (Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton) with the British Library.


Interactive web-based work connected to the British Library requesting system. Documentation version. Duration and dimensions variable


Hybrid Landscapes
April 2017 – November 2019 at Digital Catapult, London

Data Types

Identifiable, Metadata, Object, Open, Retrieved, Shared

About the Artist

Richard Wright is a visual artist working in animation, moving image and computational media including many early pioneering digital animated films and interactive installations. He holds a PhD in the aesthetics of digital cinema and has…
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