Josh Owen’s Booksmart sure got everyone talking at CCAS Manuka last night. Its a large digital projection of a camera panning past encyclopaedia’s eventually reaching dizzying speeds until the image teeters on the edge of abstraction. Encyclopaedia’s and other books cover half the gallery floor with 3 electric fans at each end creating drafts that turn the flapping pages in a random fashion. Booksmart is an installation of over 100 Encyclopaedias and reference guides presented alongside a video piece. Josh says it celebrates the death of a dated, static way of storing and accessing knowledge, and the birth of a new dynamic and democratic vehicle for information that often requires more of the reader. While Josh seems to be saying good riddance to “dusty old relics” there was a fair amount of nostalgia, especially amongst the elder members of Josh’s diverse audience. Encyclopaedia Britannica and World Book have many memories of a bygone era stored between their pages. The process of buying encyclopaedia’s is also referenced through a bookcase the subscriber gets to house the volumes purchased over time. As the installation takes up 50% of the gallery space it turned out to be a really fun opening with everyone crammed at the other end of the gallery – very good way to meet people ! This is the last of the residents’ solos and they have all been brilliant. Booksmart at CCAS Manuka until 9 April.