In reading Jorge Borges’ “The Library of Babel,” the first thing that stuck out in my mind was the awe in which he spoke of the same extraordinary collection that he would simultaneously define as disorderly and invariable. These two concepts, quite opposed to each other, seem unable to be uttered about the same structure. This duality is purposeful, however, as it gives the sense of how otherworldly the library appears to Borges. In this account, Borges also describes the many differing factions that all have opposing theories and assumptions about the nature of the library. This opposition interested me, for if the library was so uniform in it’s disorder, why would people view it so differently. I also picked out another quote describing the “feverish Library whose chance volumes
are constantly in danger of changing into others and affirm, negate and confuse everything like a delirious divinity” (Borges 4). this description made a lot more sense to me, and it appeared to me as if the library is constantly able to shift and change, possibly due to who is perceiving it. This notion of differing people seeing entirely different libraries is what drew me to create the visual above. this Picture is s representation of the many forms of the library; where one person sees a warm, old see of books, another sees an ornate library with bright illumination, while yet another may see a rigid room with perfect shelves all centered around a single book held in a place of honor. All of these variations are seen through the many mirrors that fill the library, showing glimpses into the possibilities.
Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Library of Babel.” 1941.
“Oak and Leather Hexagon Mirror.” 1stdibs. 1stdibs, Inc. web. <https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/mirrors/wall-mirrors/oak-leather-hexagon-mirror/id-f_433291/>
“Old Libraries.” Imgur. imgur. Web. <http://imgur.com/gallery/x73mg>