Excavating Babel


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Excavating Babel is a comment on the loss of communication between people(s). This is reinforced by the covers of the books having been removed (as part of the excavation of each book) so we do not know what messages or stories each book contains or if it is in a language that we can understand. This is also echoed by the two text strata on the outside walls, which allude to communication through words but bear no relationship to the contents of the books on which they are found. Adding to the 'babble' some are translations of the Genesis text by Babel Fish, Yahoo's online translation service which is notorious for mistranslations.