The Navigator’s Encyclopedia
September 11 – November 8 1987
Dutch artist Christian Bastiaans referred to his installation, ‘The Navigator’s Encyclopedia,’ as a ‘library visited by an archeologist concerned with vanished times.’ Like volumes in a library, the works functioned both dependently and independently. Each was constructed in a variety of media and contained a number of cross-cultural references. The encyclopedia of the title refers to branches of knowledge, like anatomy and alchemy, that underlie Bastiaans’ interest in the study and structure of the human species and in how information is communicated by different cultures throughout history.