In the spotlight for the opening of [ex libris] are eight cd-roms quintessential of the digital artist's book:
Diane Bertolo's Probing Into Science - an investigation, an inventively designed cd-rom-specific post-war high school girl's science textbook wrapped up in a brown paper jacket;
Irene Gattiker's DEPOT, a German industrial cardboard installation database of "outsider art" drawings on ripped out pages of books;
Tennessee Rice Dixon, Jim Gasperini, and Charlie Morrow's ScruTiny in the Great Round, rightly awarded the 1995 Milia d'Or for its artistic integrity, an "objet d'art" in the truest sense based on Tennessee's original limited edition;
M.R. Petit's The Mutant Gene and Tainted Kool-Aid Sideshow, performance art captured in a quirky (con)tent featuring homemade freaks in an unguided tour of her own little house of horrors;
Stephen Galluccio's A View of the City 1.0, a "cd-rom d'auteur" photographed, designed, and programmed by the author, whose personal collection of images both still and moving hide behind a pop-up map of Manhattan;
Joël Hubaut's The Rabbit Generation, a fetichistic exhibition of the artist's leporide obsession;
Joseph Ferrari's Dare Not Speak Its Name, a videographic collage of the artist's cinephilic, social, and sexual passions;
George Legrady's [the clearing], one of the precursors of the artist's cd-rom genre, a personal journal and hypertext photo of Bosnia-Herzegovinia in 1994 as two floppy disks enfolded in a black and white square postcard in a transparent white envelope.
Indeed, these are all "rare books".