Installation by Beth Haber and Stephen Lewis
Windows on Main - RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon New York 2009
“River Notebook” visually plays with the time honored practice of the Hudson River Valley of writing on, and reading the river and continues the dialog between present and past .The pages of this “River Notebook” come from the series of “Flow –Texts” and imagines tactile archives (the books of earlier times) in a digital age. The actual text used carries the words of Robert Juet taken from his journal of Hudson’s 1609 voyage.
Juet sailed with Henry Hudson on at least three voyages and is listed by Hudson as “The Master His Mate” The entries selected correspond to those written in the late summer of 1609 as the crew of the Half Moon sailed up the river and back in this season -exactly 400 years ago. Juet’s phrases, observations and descriptions float and flow across the “page” screen. They can be read in multiple streams and like the river itself, flow both ways.