Is it a library or is it art?

Kerrigan, Catherine E Is it a library or is it art?, 2016 . In ARLIS/ANZ 2016 The Persistence of the real, Sydney, australia, 30/11/2016-2/12/2016. [Conference paper]


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The Future Library. The Library of Unborrowed Books. The Reanimation Library. A Library of Approximate Location. These are not typical names for libraries but they are tantalising and they are real. Each of these libraries has been created by an artist and they are not the only ones. These libraries function both as libraries and as art installations and can be temporary exhibitions or permanent installations. Some are recognisably libraries and others are not. Some are tied to a specific place and others are peripatetic. They are scattered around the globe and, as well as investigating artistic themes of time, loss, place and memory, consider the library as subject as well as object. As such, they raise interesting questions for librarians. What does the library symbolise for the artist and the audience? What are the motivations of the artists involved? What purposes do these libraries aim to achieve? What does it mean for the artist to become the librarian? What are the implications for us as librarians? What can we learn from these artist libraries? This paper will explore these questions and attempt some preliminary answers.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Libraries,Art, Artists
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DH. Special libraries.
Depositing user: Miss Catherine E Kerrigan
Date deposited: 26 Jan 2017 12:23
Last modified: 26 Jan 2017 12:23


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