Bouvard and Pécuchet commission the construction of a large double desk to begin anew the activity which had occupied them for over ten years, to begin their copying. They will occupy themselves by copying books, copying their own books, copying every book, and unquestionably they will copy Bouvard and Pécuchet. Because to copy is to do nothing; it is to be the books being copied. It is to be this tiny protrusion of redoubled language, of discourse folded upon itself; this invisible existence transforms fleeting words into an enduring and distant murmur.

--Michel Foucault, "Fantasia of the Library," Language, Counter-Memory, Practice, Selected Essays and Interviews, ed. Donald F. Bouchard, trans. Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977): 109.
PHOTO: Studio of Hanne Darboven in Hamburg.

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