Becoming Library #05: Friday 14/02 @ 14:00
Becoming Library #04: Friday 07/02 @ 14:00
Becoming Library #03: Friday 31/1 @ 14:00
Platform, access, licensing, interface, infrastructure, framing, permission, economy, scaling, publicness, ...
Third iteration of the Becoming Library where we returned to the question of 'usefulness' to look at the relation of this library with its publics/readers/patrons/users. We continued working on individual proposals, in conversation with their relation to other materials and how they address a public, as a collection and individually. And also: delicious maniok cheese breads, baked by Flavio.
Whereas the concept of “useful knowledge” operates as a tool of social reproduction and a guardian of the status quo, “really useful knowledge” demands changes by unveiling the causes of exploitation and tracing its origins within the ruling ideology; it is a collective emancipatory, theoretical, emotional, informative, and practical quest that starts with acknowledging what we do not yet know. What, How & for Whom/WHW: Really Useful Knowledge (2015)
Adriano: rhythm of layout, reading
Peggy: wants to tag, across the booklets. It's physicality is frustrating
Flavio: Touch it! What is there, an invitation to browse. Having many informations already. It is a strong word, a library. How to find out what is linked to my own library/project. Has ten favourite/important books he brought. Mainly 'technical' books. Personally always asking how to explain this to his mother. The narrative index did its work! Index as a travelguide.
Magda: Wants to know what kinds of objects are there. It is a bit too much an exhibition.
Katrine: Library means institution. Publicness of the institution. Is this a public or a private library.
Magda: Public library is where homeless people can be warm.
Katrine: different rooms
Femke: is there space for other users, in this one
Katrine: wondering about interactions between this 'library' and public libraries
Flavio: talking about Sao Paulo, and services/wifi. Right after it opened, a lot of refugees came. They were using the library to call home. But they were reading books too! And there was a clear narrative. Could work with audio files and cheese bread
Peggy: public library easy to go in, and you could meet people in a quiet way. Watching artists video that nobody else looked at (pompidou). Many lonely people.
Magda: what conditions do these spaces create. Safe, but predictable.
Katrine: university library, same age. sense of community in the library
Pierre: defining "a" library out of these contributions is creating a system. Every systems will feedback on the content of the contributions.
Femke: Open for contributions?
Peggy: Its depends. The library is about the questions of Zone Public. Making a research public,... what does that mean... We should not go too fast.
Adriano: many texts / contents exists in other places. These are fridge magnets? A way of internal circulation. Some materials are just passing through. Porous household.
Pierre: Each contribution needs an explanation out of qualifying them, reading them.
Katrine: The library needs an explanation.
Flavio: Or you set a condition, arrive with a desire. Talk to desires/needs.
Pierre: Believes in conversation generation because of non-accessibility to the multi layered batch of information that each "becoming publication" contains. It needs mediation. A librarian. Someone that tells the story.
Kasia: Or, imagine pile of books without any explanation; find them in a hallway. No indications. Seeing them from a distance. Maybe I do need to know/explained. Keeping possibilities open. First moment of attraction. Interested in anonymous contributions; finding out how it changes dynamics. Obscurity/unclarity is more interesting than system.
Flavio: Let's imagine opening the library next week. What makes it a library.
Peggy: Its a becoming library, because of our intention.
Pierre: It made me think ... Peggy said that she needed a marker, to know why it is there. Why and what does it do.
FS: Different levels of mediation, but not complete openess. Letting the condition speak, or finding different timings/spaces for the readers body.
Kasia: Switching perspective. Letting freedom to project. Acknowledging.
Magda: an event of encountering.
Pierre: different startingpoints. Starting from objects. Unstabilities, each one poses problems.
Magda: asking about assumption. Is this the library. What is it? It is maybe too empty? I need a frame.
Pierre: A list of keywords?
Magda: A timeline of arrival. A period.
Pierre: A glossary? Or a book about the books? Or a performance: on a 1:1 scale, the generative practice of the library (what we do now) is the Becoming Library.
Adriano: A performance. Not bad!
Peggy: I want time to read each "books".
Becoming Library #02: Friday 24/1 @ 14:00
titles, authorship, referencing, modes of address, indexing, cataloguing, indexing, categorising, ...
- https://monoskop.org/Index + https://monoskop.org/Talks/Poetics_of_Research + https://monoskop.org/reader/
- Leguin: She Unnames Them
Becoming Library #01: Friday 17/1 @ 14:00
Transmediation, folding, formatting, imposition, editing, design/layout, cutting, printing, reproducing, binding, pagination ...
a.pass publishing platforms
- Kitchen: (you are here!) https://kitchen.apass.be
- Cloud: http://apass.cloud.be
- apass website: https://apass.be
- Mailinglist internal: firstname.lastname@example.org + https://chahut.domainepublic.net/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/apass
- Mailinglist external: https://apass.be/contact-list/#subscribnews
- apass public events: https://apass.be/agenda/ (for this block: Close Encounters)
Gratis + F/LOSS publishing
- Imposition and other pdf tricks https://www.sejda.com/n-up-pdf
- Scribus (Desktop Publishing) https://www.scribus.net/
- Inkscape (Vector drawing) https://inkscape.org/
- GIMP (image editing) https://www.gimp.org/
- LibreOffice (wordprocessing, textlayout, structuring) https://www.libreoffice.org/
- Tiling png's online (poster printing) https://rasterbator.net/ or https://www.blockposters.com/create/ (only raster images)