The Bible Scribe


An art project by Matthias Gommel, Martina Haitz, and Jan Zappe. A description:

The installation 'bios [bible]' consists of an industrial robot, which writes down the bible on rolls of paper.  The machine draws the calligraphic lines with high precision. Like a monk in the scriptorium it creates step by step the text.

Starting with the old testament and the books of Moses ‘bios [bible]’ produces within seven month continuously the whole book. All 66 books of the bible are written on rolls and then retained and presented in the library of the installation.

The original media used by religions were scriptures and books, assigned the...task of distributing belief. Text served, additionally, to canonize belief. Without writing there is no church; without scrolls, no belief. Thus, right from the start, through the demand for repeatability embodied by the ritual, religion was not only bound to media, but was itself a medium...