This quote from the gallery page explains what I like so much about Dettmer’s work, which:
…expands the physical and philosophical potential of the book’s form and function. His work questions the vulnerability of intangible media through exploring the memories and fragmented histories of the analog form.
The quote, though, suggests that only intangible media is vulnerable. But I see Dettmer’s work as also exploring the vulnerability of tangible media. The books – and their information – are discarded and out-of-date, subject to the elements. Either way, his work is a gorgeous celebration and creative preservation of my favorite medium. (i.e., books)