Card Catalog Concerto

Have you ever wondered what happened to all those old library catalog cards when libraries went digital? At the Cleveland Institute of Art, students in Professor Richard Fiorelli’s foundation design class got creative and transformed boxes of catalog cards into an orchestra of noisemakers. Freshman Christopher Ramos ’14 recorded the sounds, manipulated them, and created this sound piece. Then, using photos by librarian Cristine Rom and photographer Rob Muller, junior Michaela Lynch ’12 (T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts) produced this video featuring CIA’s Gund Library. “I used the outdated analog slide projectors as an aesthetic starting point and went from there,” said Michaela, “adding stop motion, still motion, and all sorts of mayhem.” The video premiered to a packed auditorium as the featured musical interlude at CIA’s 2011 commencement celebration.