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Publish And Be Damned - an ongoing project discussing and promoting alternative directions in publishing outside the mainstream
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"The basic idea was to scatter smaller information spaces throughout the city: buildings, kiosks, cafes, computer labs, public-access WiFi envelopes, media production centers, "teen spaces," public meeting rooms, and more. Importantly, though, the entire point of Young's investigation was to ask what libraries might look like if information was no longer accessed through books."
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York, OOGA BOOGA - LOBBY: Ooga Booga is a concept shop vital to the creative life-blood of LA.
"It gathers an eclectic range of products. Spearheaded by Wendy Yao, Ooga Booga fosters a vibrant community of independent producers. For Swiss Institute, Yao installs a lounge in which one may read over 300 titles- from self to professionally published."
"One of the first projects Ellen Gates Starr and Jane Addams undertook at Hull-House was a lending library of art reproductions that neighbors could borrow to hang in their homes. They believed that all people should have have access to art and beauty. At Hull-House, the Lending Library was a part of a larger vision to make art the center of a thriving democracy. The Settlement offered art classes for children and adults, Chicago's first public gallery, groundbreaking theater, and more.
In that tradition, the Hull-House Museum has created the Art Lending Library -- an alternative model of art distribution allows Chicagoans to borrow original pieces of contemporary art for three months. The program is free and open to all!"
"Banner Repeater is an artist led reading room and project space, founded by Ami Clarke in 2009, situated on Platform 1, Hackney Downs railway station, London E8 1LA.
The reading room holds an archive dedicated to artists’ printed material and is home to Publish and be Damned's public library. It provides an important bibliographic resource that all visitors to BR can browse. The bookshop holds a selection of artists' publications for sale."
Half Letter Press : READING ROOM: REGIONAL RELATIONSHIPS - POSTERS PUBLICATIONS SUBJECTS temporary services, socially-engaged art, political art, new genre public art, books, booklets, zines, artist books, art books, newspapers, half letter press,...
"READING ROOM is an initiative of Half Letter Press that focuses on the books and writings of important contemporary artists, theorists, and critical thinkers as well as key themes in contemporary practice."
"Close-Up (in London) aims to make film culture and history accessible through its library, film screenings and the online publication of Vertigo Magazine. Established in 2005, the company has built up its activities on the basis of reinvesting all its profits into creating an extensive film resource.
The Library’s collection of over 15,000 titles specialises in classics, world cinema, documentaries, artists films and videos. We will soon be opening a book library of over 1000 books and other publications specialising in film studies ranging from film theory, criticism and practice to history, biography and reviews. To compliment the film resource, the online documentation, along with the entire Vertigo Magazine archive, includes exclusive notes, pamphlets, videos, Q&As, Expanded Cinema and Films by artists and filmmakers."
"Library Science contemplates our personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as this venerable institution—and the information it contains—is being radically transformed by the digital era. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting, web-based projects and works sited at New Haven libraries, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems: from public stacks to private collections, from unique architectural spaces to the people who populate them, from traditional card catalogues to that ever-growing “cyber-library,” the World Wide Web"
"LIBRARY DESTRUCTION –DECONSTRUCTION
3rd APRIL ,11am- 5pm. University of Barcelona, Library of Faculty of Philosophy, History &Geography,
C. Montalegre, 8, 08001 Barcelona
The Library of Philosophy,History & Geography at University of Barcelona is pleased to host a participatory site specific floor-based installation in which visiting London based artist Christina Mitrentse will perform an ephemeral Meta-Library with the favorite book List contributed by the University readers. This deconstruction forms the Emblem of her work and continual ‘BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATAFLOW’ of ADD TO MY LIBRARY international touring project initiated in 2010. A series of prints, drawings and sculptural books as part this project will also be shown in Mitte gallery Barcelona from 11th April- 10th May 2012.
Add To My LibraryVol.III is an on-going international Art Book project Initiative, created by an innovative systematic methodology, an On-Line Bibliographic Data Flow that compiles favorite book titles/authors selected by international specialists and celebrities from the art world, (i.e museologists, curators, artists, writers, publishers etc), each one adding to an infinitive library. A library the contents of which have been determined by its users, and not by those in power who would seek to constrict and contain the culture of the book. These book proposals then become the literal building blocks of symbolic institutions depicted in print editions, drawings, or in physical interactive installations.
Within the globalised environment dominated by digitisation, e-learning and restricted education, and at a moment when established institutions of learning and Arts are globally in crisis, ATML is designed to redraw the cultural institution provoking changes in the function of the material book, the notion of book as sacred object and site of subjectivity, while in process de-institutionalising it. Envisaged as an infinite ,on-line reference library for use by both local and the global community, the project has so far positively attracted over 200 international participants from as far a field as China. A personal, cultural and social history of our times,it is intended that ultimately the library will be an invaluable and essential aid to academic research and personal inquisitiveness through the dedicated Bibliographic Data Flow printed publication volumes.
So, as new data from contributors is gathered, the exercise of adding to and activating ‘My Library’ intensifies the process ,a locus not only to remix the ‘ catalogue’ but also alter the physical and pictorial space of the library, being primarily intended to make the viewer ponder their ‘text’ of civilisation in crisis."
find out more about the project here:
A zine lending library in a Minneapolis garage...
"Provisions Library’s Research Center offers a unique collection of books, periodicals and videos for use by artists, students or researchers with interests at the intersection of arts and social change. The Library contains 6,000+ volumes focusing on 36 social change research topics, referred to as Meridians.
The Research center’s purpose is to provide a resource for questioning, inspiring and integrating the future of social transformation. Students, artists, researchers and the general public are invited to visit the Research Center located in the Art and Design Building at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA."
Though it will grow, the immediate iteration of our library is consciously unassuming. Housed in the smallest room at Yale Union, its footprint is less than 100 square feet, with one window, high ceilings, and wood floors.
“‘A library is a collection of books kept for use.’ It’s hard to imagine a more concise definition of a library than this one, given by the Indian mathematician and librarian S.R. Ranganathan (1892–1972) in The Five Laws of Library Science (Madras Library Association, 1931). This principle statement appears simple, almost reductive—yet, it bears the kernel through which all other aspects of his writing are organized. Ranganathan’s precise definition practically demonstrates the library’s essential structure animated by its readership. To think about libraries is to think about thought and how to best provide hospitality through the design of the space, furnishings, ease of information retrieval and the advocacy of access. This mixture of practical prescription and broad gesture is expressed in Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science:
1. BOOKS ARE FOR USE.2. EVERY READER HIS [OR HER] BOOK.3. EVERY BOOK ITS READER.4. SAVE THE TIME OF THE USER.5. THE LIBRARY IS A GROWING ORGANISM.”
From David Senior’s Infinite Hospitality, care of Dexter Sinister.
Available by appointment only, the Library is non-circulating. An index is available online."
"The ABC No Rio Zine Library contains over twelve thousand publications. Our collection includes independent, underground and marginal publications on subjects such as music, culture, politics, personal experience and travel. We are most interested in zines addressing political and social issues.Our focus does not include poetry.
This project began in the Spring of 1998 when we rescued the Blackout Zine Library from a squat in the South Bronx which was to be evicted. Since then numerous individuals have donated their personal collections, and zine editors and publishers regularly send us issues. Our collection grows daily."
Online version of the leading monthly contemporary and underground art bible, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine, with featured articles, blogs, video, reader art, gallery guides, forums, and archives.
"We love public art in any form, especially when it completely changes the landscape (for the better). We love bookstores and libraries, too, and to see this fantastic project, an outdoor public library called The Bookyard, just combines all the things we like. Massimo Bartolini, we say wonderful work. The public installation, made for the Belgian Art Festival, sits next to rows of grapevines. As DesignRulz notes, "All books are for sale and the visitors may bring home a piece of the artwork by leaving a donation of their choosing into a small box supplied by the artist and the libraries.""
Read/Write Library is a work in progress — we want to create an open source platform that other cities can adopt to discover and preserve their shared cultural memory, neighborhood by neighborhood.
"In 2011, we decided that we needed a new name that more accurately reflected our mission to create connections and build community. And so--the Chicago Underground Library becomes the Read/Write Library.
The Read/Write Library is a new model for open, location-specific archiving of independent and small press media. We are always seeking books, magazines, zines, journals, broadsides, newspapers, and art books of all types, genres, and print runs from the Chicago area. (And maybe your city, too. Be patient, or ask us how to start your own.)
The Read/Write Library is an all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, produced by and for the community. Through our unique indexing of contributors and our open venue, we provide a space for individuals, organizations and ideas to come together, and creative connections to emerge."
Overview of Little Libraries as Marginal yet prominent actors in the Urban Margins
Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Maya Angelou, John Keats, or search through 100 years of Poetry magazine in the archive.
"The Midwest’s only library dedicated exclusively to poetry, the Poetry Foundation Library exists to promote the reading of poetry in the general public, and to support the editorial needs of all Poetry Foundation programs and staff. Visitors to the library may browse a collection of 30,000 volumes, experience audio and video recordings in private listening booths, and view exhibits of poetry related materials. In addition to providing public access to its collections in the form of a reading room, the library creates interactive programs to inspire a wider readership for poetry in readers of all ages. Learn more about using the library."
"In October 2010, The Byam Shaw Library was due to close. Because of immediate responseby staff and students, the library space stayed open to operate as a self-organised resource.From October 2011 a co-op is being established to expand the community that maintainsand programmes the reading room."
Temporary Services is a group of three persons, Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, and Marc Fischer. We make art, publish booklets and books, realize public projects, organize exhibitions, and more.
"The Self-Reliance Library is an autonomous reading and creating library. It is a collection of older books and referencematerials that Temporary Services has found inspiring while doing our own projects and living our lives. The Self-Reliance Library contains recently published titles as well as out of print books we are just discovering. It includes a couple of our own publications as well. The collection is designed to provoke the reader, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices.
Topics in the Self-Reliance Library include: visionary architecture, desperate or wildly imaginative mobility,miniature architecture and nomadic living, self-publishing and design, everyday repair solutions, designs for fantasy worlds and alternate realities, technologies used in prisons and other restrictive or impoverished settings, ecologically sound living, survivalism, weapon production for self defense or recreation, skill-sharing, and approaches to living radically."
by Tara Robertson
"Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a small art and design school. When I started working here the amount of community collaboration was very minimal. Last year was the first time we participated as a venue for the grad show. We removed a lot of the furniture and worked to accommodate the students who were exhibiting in the library space. Being a venue for the grad show was instrumental in changing our relationship with our community."
The well celebrated project My Library 2006-on-going, takes a journey into the cultural life of a MetaLibrary designed to provoke changes in the material book while de- institusionalising it in the process.
Christina Mitrentse is an international multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator based in London. She has exhibited extensively in galleries, museums and public spaces including Liverpool Biennial UK,XV Biennale de Mediterranean Thess/niki-Rome, ICA London, NDSM-werf Amsterdam, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Mitte gallery Barcelona, Royal Academy UK. Her work has been profiled and reviewed in major publications including AN Magazine, Frieze and InteraRtive and has been acquired by private & public collections including Greenwich Council, The Women’s Library Goldsmiths, Bank Street Arts Centre, Sill Library Bath, Tate Archive, Penguin Collectors Society, Griechische Kultustiftung Berlin, M. Altenman NY, Onassis Foundation, Beltios Collection, Benaki Museum N.Alexiou and E.Venizelos Airport Athens.
"Welcome to the Center for Book Arts online collections database, an indexed, searchable online resource that contains the Center’s historic, eclectic (and growing) collection of approximately 2,000 artists' books and prints created by artists and publishers of regional, national, and international significance; reference books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues. In the coming months, the Center will also present its institutional archive, which documents the distinctive history of the Center’s programmatic and administrative activities as the first non-profit book arts organization of its kind in the United States.
As a leading book arts institution, the Center hopes to use this online collections database to further extend its educational commitment to the exploration and pedagogy of aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, and to encourage new dialogues about historic and contemporary book arts practices among artists, curators, academics, historians, arts administrators, librarians, collectors, educators, and students."
"The Midway Contemporary Art Library serves to document, present, and preserve the recent history of contemporary visual art in a public context.
Founded in 2007, its objectives are to research, collate, and catalog published material in an effort to provide the most comprehensive and accessible resource for research into contemporary art in the region. A non-circulating collection, the library contains thousands of titles from a wide range of publishers from around the world. While group exhibition catalogs and monographs form the core of the library’s collection, the library also contains reference material, a selection of artist books, DVD’s, and an extensive selection of periodicals and journals. We are currently subscribed to a number of monthly and quarterly publications."
"ZAPP is the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, a zine library on the second floor of Richard Hugo House. Since its founding in 1996, ZAPP's collection has grown from 1,500 to more than 20,000 zines, comics, chapbooks and other small press periodicals, making it one of the largest zine collections in the world. This extensive collection of rare and unique publications is open to the public. ZAPP is a friendly community where writers, artists and free thinkers alike can share their ideas and experiences through sketches, stamps and photocopies."
"Research + Presentation Center is an experimental reading room that locates and interprets personal libraries and places them in the public realm. With an emphasis on research and its relation to practice, contributors will be showcasing a range of chosen ephemera including books, film, and sound. Contributors include local artists, writers, a musician, and a curator, all of whom approach research in a dynamic way. In the hopes of continuing the conceptual loop from research to creation to presentation, the space will include tools and materials that incubate the research process."