UTS Library

Exhibition - Living Traces

Living Traces Exhibition

UTS Library proudly presents Living Traces during National Science Week showcasing work by UTS Visual Communications Honours student Megan Wong. In her design practice, Megan celebrates the hidden and unnoticed traces that are left when humans interact with books. The three projects presented here investigate different elements of the traces that accumulate on library books over time. By visualising unseen elements of human interaction, Megan's practice draws attention to the ways objects change through use.

On Display 9 August - 1 September
Level 2, UTS Library foyer 

Exhibition opening 
1.30pm, Tuesday 15 August 
Level 2, UTS Library foyer 
All are welcome, lunch will be served

Megan collaborated with UTS Library curatorial staff to cultivate the microorganisms found on UTS Library books using agar gel. Students and staff from across the university were asked to swab books that were being borrowed and returned. The resulting installation is a unique visualisation across the Dewey Decimal cataloging system utilised globally by libraries. The exhibition builds on Megan's work with public libraries to grow and display the microbial traces found on their collections.

UTS Library curates a series of exhibitions each year that showcase works produced by UTS students and staff. The Library is a central meeting place where the entire University connects. These exhibitions create opportunities for cross-disciplinary encounters, encouraging peer-to-peer learning and the exchange of knowledge, ideas and research between academic groups and faculties.