|In 1993 Dreyblatt built an
object for an exhibition at the Ozwei Gallery in
Berlin which I called the "Great
Archive" (Das Große Archiv), in which he
attempted to objectify "hypertext" as a
three-dimensional image. A black box
approximately 1.5m. high, .4m. wide and 1.2m.
long and painted black, is divided by four
lateral sheets of Plexiglas sandwiching clear
plastic sheets inscribed from edge to edge with
layers of finely printed texts. (The uppermost
text layer being the top of the box). The layers
of texts are illuminated from below. The texts
were constructed from the tens of thousands of
biographical fragments which he renovated from
the "Who's Who in
Central & East Europe".
As one peers into this "sea of
information", it is as if one stares into a
bottomless well filled with layers of floating texts in
depth. One focuses with one's eyes on any given text
fragment on a given level, as the other text levels
defocus and blur. one's attention might wander to a
deeper or nearer fragment, the eyes continually
refocusing as one isolates and "links" a
related or unrelated name or phrase. It was his intention
here to realize, in three dimensions, a
"hypertext" as a metaphorical space which
contains in compressed form a database of all mankind.
This "Great Archive" was first shown with an
exhibition by Arnold Dreyblatt in the Ozwei Gallery
in Berlin, and has also been shown at the Jewish Museum
in Vienna and the National Gallery in Prague.