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Fantasies of the Library
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Anna-Sophie Springer (Co-Director , K. Verlag, Berlin) Etienne Turpin (Anexact Office)
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Fantasies of the Library

Anna-Sophie Springer (Co-Director , K. Verlag, Berlin) Etienne Turpin (Anexact Office)


Massachusetts Inst of Tec

Library & information services


160 pages

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A book that acts both as library and exhibition space, selecting, arranging, and housing texts and images, aligning itself with printed matter in the process.

Fantasies of the Library lets readers experience the library anew. The book imagines, and enacts, the library as both keeper of books and curator of ideas-as a platform of the future. One essay occupies the right-hand page of a two-page spread while interviews scrolls independently on the left. Bibliophilic artworks intersect both throughout the book-as-exhibition. A photo essay, Reading Rooms Reading Machines further interrupts the book in order to display images of libraries (old and new, real and imagined), and readers (human and machine) and features work by artists including Kader Atta, Wafaa Bilal, Mark Dion, Rodney Graham, Katie Paterson, Veronika Spierenburg, and others.

The book includes an essay on the institutional ordering principles of book collections; a conversation with the proprietors of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco; reflections on the role of cultural memory and the archive; and a dialogue with a new media theorist about experiments at the intersection of curatorial practice and open source ebooks. The reader emerges from this book-as-exhibition with the growing conviction that the library is not only a curatorial space but a bibliological imaginary, ripe for the exploration of consequential paginated affairs. The physicality of the book-and this book- resists the digital, argues coeditor Etienne Turpin, but not in a nostalgic way.

Contributors Erin Kissane, Hammad Nasar, Megan Shaw Prelinger, Rick Prelinger, Anna-Sophie Springer, Charles Stankievech, Katharina Tauer, Etienne Turpin, Andrew Norman Wilson, Joanna Zylinska

Edited by:   Anna-Sophie Springer (Co-Director K. Verlag Berlin), Etienne Turpin (Anexact Office)
Imprint:   Massachusetts Inst of Tec
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 11mm
ISBN:   9780262536172
ISBN 10:   026253617X
Series:   The MIT Press
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Anna-Sophie Springer, a curator and writer, is the codirector (with Charles Stankievech) of K. Verlag, an independent publishing imprint and curatorial-editorial platform (Berlin and Toronto). Etienne Turpin is the founding director of anexact office, a design research practice based in Jakarta. Both are members of the SYNAPSE International Curators' Network at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

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