Library Projects

The Library Project 2003

Posted in Artists Project by Library Projects on November 4, 2010

Jeffrey Schiff’s 2003 The Library Project [was] an installation of artworks that explore the nature of the library–its vastness, its proliferation, and the peculiarities of its organization.
See an excerpt from the Deluge Video or read some Borges

Contemporary Artists Books Conference this Saturday

Posted in Uncategorized by Library Projects on November 2, 2010

Join us for the panel that inspired the blog!

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Experimental Libraries and Reading Rooms
What constitutes an experimental library? What is the impetus to create such a library and what impact do such spaces have on our exchange of ideas, the conduct research, or creation of art? Does this impulse stem from a need to create an intellectual community outside of academia, address an underrepresented subject, articulate an intellectual curiosity, or simply nostalgia for printed books and libraries, these spaces share the common trait of presenting unique collections of research material to the public. Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace will give an introductory presentation.

Participants include:
Wendy Yao, Ooga Booga;
Andrew Beccone, the Reanimation Library;
Robin Cameron and Jason Polan, the Assembled Picture Library;
Tiffany Malakooti and Babak Radboy, Bidoun Library.
Moderated by Renaud Proch, Independent Curators International (ICI).

Yours Mine Ours

Posted in Uncategorized, Websites by rae022 on September 16, 2010

A Book for Considering Books by Jehn Howard

Yours Mine Ours is an online shared library. The idea is simple – you share books from your personal library in exchange for borrowing books from the collections of others. I just signed up and already I’m impressed with all the good reads available. Some examples of materials you can request: Charley magazine, The Avant Garde in Russia, and Steal this Book. The website is really well designed too!

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Short-Term Deviation

Posted in Uncategorized by rae022 on September 13, 2010

Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children is curating a Print Series and Zine Library for the exhibition Short-Term Deviation: a Collaboration with Showpaper, which takes place at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts September 23-October 23. The exhibition opens Thursday September 23 from 6-10pm.

The Curse of the Plastic Arts

Posted in Book Project, Bookshops, Curatorial Project by Library Projects on September 4, 2010

The Dexster Sinister bookstore is re-opening with it’s regular Fall hours (Saturdays 12 to 6pm). They will be launching two publications and an exhibitions, with a party tonight to celebrate.

Bookshelf Porn

Posted in Photography by Library Projects on September 4, 2010

This sort of porn is much cooler then food porn or other sorts of porn. Regardless of porn-cred it is a very fantastic, very zealous collection of bookish photography.

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General Public Library

Posted in Book Project, Curatorial Project, Reading Room, Uncategorized by rae022 on September 1, 2010

This just in: Mylinh Nguyen, Designer in Residence at Art in General is curating a space called General Public Library. Nguyen has been designing six ‘New Commisions’ publications for AIG during her residency. General Public Library opens on September 16th and will be in the storefront space at AIG for two months.

Here is what the AIG website says about the project:

“From September 16-November 13, 2010 the Storefront Project Space gallery will be made into a reading room, which will be accessible as an online resource as well. To start the library, Nguyen invited designers, publishers, curators, artists, galleries, and musicians to contribute publications to the project that reflect the donor’s practice, methodology, inspiration and interest. Visitors are encouraged to donate a favorite book to the library during the exhibition.

Nguyen approaches the idea of a library with a unique focus on participation and the formation of community. In contrast to a traditional reading room–which can only be accessed for the duration of the show—the online catalogue of the General Public Library allows each visitor to browse and curate their own library within an existing and continually growing catalogue, beyond the physical installation. Each donation, as it is made, will be logged into the library cataloging system. As libraries begin to form and overlap, each book becomes a link between the book donor and other participants in the library. Inversely, when viewing one book, it is possible to see the interests of other participants.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, as visitors create their own selection of favorite books, the library will filter all donations into a catalog of the top 200 most popular books. These books will be added to the General Public Library permanent collection after the duration of the project.

Contributing participants include Art Metropole,, Ooga Booga, Fillip, Printed Matter, Nieves, 2nd Cannons Publications, Capricious, Hassla, Golden Age, Medium Rare, Oslo Editions, Gottlund Verlag, Eastside Projects, Bedford Press, Stripe SF, New Jerseyy, Matt Keegan, North Drive Press, split/fountain, STUPENDOUS, The Holster, Bart de Baets, Christian Brandt, Task Newsletter, Robin Cameron, Dante Carlos, Espen Friberg and Aslak Gurholt Rønsen, David Horvitz, Zak Kyes, Kingsboro Press, Manystuff, Radim Pesko, Laurel Ptak, Peter Sutherland, Vance Wellenstein, Jessica Williams and YOU.”


Posted in Book Project, Reading Room, Temporary Space, zines by Library Projects on August 26, 2010

ZineView will be a “Pop up Reading Room,” opening on September 20th at  The Well Gallery space in London. The reading room will showcase the LCC zine archive, and takes place in conjunction with the release of Fanzines (Thames & Hudson), by collector and graphic design professor Teal Triggs. The open call for submissions takes place until September 8th.

Here, There and Everywhere

Posted in Artists Project, Book Project by Library Projects on August 24, 2010

A 1997 Bookworks project by LA artist David Bunn. It’s pretty, it’s multi-volumed (always an aesthetic plus), the vocabulary is “finely controlled” and it breathes a proper and poetic afterlife into the Los Angeles Central Library card index system.


Posted in Uncategorized by Library Projects on August 24, 2010

Library Projects is a blog devoted to independent and experimental libraries, bookstores, archives and reading rooms. It is a forum to discuss projects developed by artists, librarians, curators, independent scholars or other bookish types who employ the grammar of “the library” to create spaces – virtual spaces, physical spaces – where people are invited to interact with one another and with the material itself.  There are many such projects and we would like to maintain a database for them.  The blog was created and will be maintained by Kate Adler and Rachael Morrison.

The Library Projects blog grows out of the panel “Experimental Library Projects and Reading Rooms” to be presented at the New York Art Book Fair in 2010.