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Catalogue, with text and bibliography by Anna-Sophie Springer,+ interview with Sean Dockray (Arg.org Founder) by Charles Stankievech (14 pages, 120KB).ISBN-978-0-9877949-6-3

Catalogue, with text and bibliography by Anna-Sophie Springer,
+ interview with Sean Dockray (Arg.org Founder) by Charles Stankievech (14 pages, 120KB).
ISBN-978-0-9877949-6-3

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    Catalogue, with text and bibliography by Anna-Sophie Springer,
    + interview with Sean Dockray (Arg.org Founder) by Charles Stankievech (14 pages, 120KB).
    ISBN-978-0-9877949-6-3

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    EX LIBRIS: "Books Are for Use" ISBN 978-0-9877949-2-5; designed by Charles Stankievech

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    EX LIBRIS: "Books Are for Use" ISBN 978-0-9877949-2-5; designed by Charles Stankievech

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    EX LIBRIS: "Books Are For Use"

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    EX LIBRIS: "Books Are For Use"

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    EX LIBRIS: "Books Are For Use"

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    EX LIBRIS: "Books Are For Use"

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    EX LIBRIS: „Anekdotische Topografien“ at Galerie Wien and Lukatsch, Berlin

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    Tomas Schmit, Das Gute Dünken: Aus der Welt der Welt, 1970", exhibited at EX LIBRIS: „Anekdotische Topografien“ at Galerie Wien and Lukatsch, Berlin

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    EX LIBRIS: "Commonplace Books" at Arg.org

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    EX LIBRIS: "Commonplace Books" at Arg.org

 

EX  LIBRIS

A Curatorial-Editorial Experiment

 

The imaginary is not formed in opposition to reality as its denial or compensation; it grows among signs, from book to book, in the interstice of repetitions and commentaries; it is born and takes shape in the interval between books. It is a phenomenon of the library.  — Michel Foucault

 

EX LIBRIS departs from investigating the inside of the book as a potential curatorial space. Initiated in six specific libraries, EX LIBRIS comprises a series of book displays developed within these collections, each of which creates a separate constellation of meanings through the careful organization of selected books.
 
Situated between the exhibition and the editorial process, and using the library both as a resource for curatorial connections “from book to book” and as a direct platform, EX LIBRIS expands the curator Anna-Sophie Springer’s original research interest in the book-as-exhibition to include the relationship between the book and its context. If the book traditionally is seen as the strategy for private consumption and research, and the gallery as the space for public exhibition and performance, the library—as the public place of reading—thus becomes the hybrid site for performing the book.  
 
The selected libraries range from personal and nonaccessible libraries such as those of artist Nina Canell and book designer Robin Watkins, a private art collector, through the bookshop of gallerists/publishers Barbara Wien and Wilma Lukatsch to the state-funded, public collections of the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig and the Art Library of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Pointing to contemporary transformations in print culture, the digital pirate archive AAAAARG.ORG will also be probed, engaging the particularity of seeking unrestricted accessibility through private efforts. Together, these collections reflect an exemplary public–private spectrum. 
 
Assembled by appropriating a variety of display means found on-site, a temporary set of constellations, clusters, and visual narratives play with the book in its multidimensional role as aesthetic object and medium for the representation of information. Through ephemeral connections of image, text, and materiality, the arrangements reflect the character, history, and function of these collections while relating to the surrounding architectures that house each of them.
 
Reflecting on the process and drawing comparisons between the different sites, EX LIBRIS culminates in a “library catalogue” that archives and presents the curated selections as well as the display strategies. Documentation is created with the available on-site means of reproduction (the photocopier, scanner, reproduction photography, screen grab). While some of the libraries themselves are not open to the public, this exhibition in book form offers glimpses into these cumulative structures—however, again, only from within the tension of the private.  

 

"Books Are For Use"

Library of the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig

28 June – 31 July 2013

Opening 28 June, 5–7 p.m.,* with a performance by Ève K. Tremblay

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"Anekdotische Topografien"

Wien Lukatsch

Galerie und Buchhandlung | gallery and bookshop for art books

5 July – 30 September 2013

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"Commonplace Books"

AAAAARG.ORG

Ongoing since 15 September 2013

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