Moscheta’s Linnaeus (2011), a large-scale installation consisting of 2000 handwritten paper labels, aluminum, iron shelves, fluorescent lamps, electric wires, plastic boxes, and stamps on paper, is the most straightforward representation of the card catalog. Batismo (2015), featuring index pages from old books tacked to wooden panels that resemble bulletin boards, also channels the spirit of bygone library culture. But Moscheta’s show isn’t only about the card catalog—it’s about abandoned (or soon to be abandoned) analog tools, across disciplines. Images of similarly archaic workaday objects turn up elsewhere in the show, as in the protractors and rulers of Bicho do Paraná 007 (2015).
Rulers, after all, might still be used in classrooms, whether in Brazil or the United States. But Moscheta’s work seems to suggest that the wooden objects are likely to be replaced by an iPhone app, with little fanfare, any day now.
“Carbono 14” is on view at SIM Galeria, Curitiba, Brazil, Jun. 18–Aug. 1, 2015.