A. Catalogue, with text and bibliography by Anna-Sophie Springer,
+ interview with Sean Dockray (Arg.org Founder) by Charles Stankievech (14 pages, 120KB).
B. Exhibition Book, the compiled PDF of excerpted partials edited and linked by Anna-Sophie Springer (82 pages, 30MB).
15 September 2013, ongoing
Dating back to antiquity and with particular popularity in the Renaissance period, commonplace books are a type of scholarly notebook containing a collection of excerpted and copied passages that a person compiled and stored for future purposes such as reference and quotation. How to actually keep and organize a commonplace book was a small science in itself. John Locke’s text A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books (1706) suggested some techniques—one of which is a system of classifying and coding entries into a growing subject index, one’s personal potential encyclopedia. While physical notebooks remain a treasure to keep and even if we do not yet live in a truly paperless age, our commonplace of today is that we access and store a huge amount of information digitally. By engaging an online pirate library, “Commonplace Books” seeks to address shifts in how we approach notions such as the “common” or the “public” more openly and actively than ever.
The "Exhibition Book" has been created from excerpted and copied passages of thematically relevant publications available in digital form in the ARG.ORG library. It has been uploaded back onto the platform as a PDF and a link will appear in the “New Texts” section. Each page in the Exhibition Book has been hyperlinked to the original sources as they are stored on Arg. It is accompanied by a specifically edited catalogue including a longer introduction, a bibliography and a conversation between the artist Charles Stankievech, also co-director of K. Verlag, with Sean Dockray, one of the original founders of Aaaarg. The booklet itself folds into a series of different booklets distributed for free at each of the exhibitions.