Dr. Livingstone or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World
Dr. Livingstone or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World
Dr. Livingstone or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World
2008
First edition of H.M. Stanleys "How I Found Livingstone" (1872)
22cm x 16cm x 25cm
Private collection, Oslo

Henry Morton Stanley is known for being one of most famous and notorious explorers of the 19th century. He made several major expeditions to unknown and unmapped parts of the African continent and published a large number of books and articles about his discoveries.

The work uses one of his most famous exploits: the story of how he found Dr Livingstone, who had disappeared into the heart of darkness. Out of the more than 700 pages relating the main story in the book, the artists have cut out two hemispheres to form a globe.

The globe is mounted on a meridian formed by the covers of the book, with the book itself presented as a pedestal. In this way, the book forms the foundation of a certain world view, but at the same time the artistic process has led to the destruction of this literary work and thereby the knowledge contained in it.

Since the layers forming the globe are not glued together, it is still possible to recover the information in the book by destroying the work of art. As a result, the work forcibly places an ultimatum, whereby the investigation of facts excludes the view of the world – and vice versa.