Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Christopher Biggs

Second Advisor

Dr. Carter J. Rice

Third Advisor

Dr. Keith Kothman

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Lisa R. Coons


Installation, music, art, technology, multimedia

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Library of Babel is an installation that allows users to search through a sea of sonic and visual representations of alphabetical symbols and punctuation that are encompassed in an infinite textual library. Users peer through the various walls, shelves, and volumes of the library, searching for whatever they wish - be it meaning, sense within the chaos, or audiovisual euphony. The default sounds for symbols can be replaced by recordings that the user creates on location, allowing the user to provide their own sonic reconstructions of the Library’s contents. The Library of Babel breaks language into its constituent parts, leading users to examine how they interpret and construct meaning from text.

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