The Garden Library was created as a social-artistic urban community project. Established to serve the community of refugees and migrant workers that congregate in the Lewinsky Park, in south Tel Aviv, it aims to answer a concrete need as well as to manifest a socio-political stance.
ARTEAM, the artists collective that initiated and produced the Garden Library, sought to break away from traditional categories of classification, and to realize a sorting and indexing system that would playfully manifest the values of an open society. Accordingly, the books are not catalogued b
The library’s unique cataloging system is based on the readers’ emotional responses to the books they read. The system comprises an evolving and cumulative database in which each book’s current location and categorization history are registered.
The customizable visual mapping of the database will familiarize site visitors with the library’s reader communities, their likes and dislikes. The history of the emotional judgments will permit dynamic illustration of “wandering maps,” displaying past and present categorizations and locations.
A wiki feature will appeal to visitors from around the globe to complete the information about each and every book in the book’s native tongue.
y conventions of genre or author name, but rather according to reader input.