On March 9, 2019, I partnered with the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York to host a half-day symposium on arts in the libraries. [Photos by Aidan Grant + Neta Bomani]:
What role do the arts and design play in today’s libraries? Our major public institutions frequently commission high-profile public art, some libraries feature dedicated exhibition space, and artists and designers have long drawn inspiration from archival and library collections. Yet today, as we access and create knowledge through an expanding array of designed platforms and interfaces, infrastructures and algorithms, aesthetic operations are integral to the core services that libraries provide. We see a growing number of library- and archive-based artists’ residencies and exhibitions, and expanding interest in more sustained collaborations across the library and art worlds. In this symposium we gather librarians, artists, designers, and representatives from allied fields to examine recent examples of library-centered creative practice, discuss the mutual benefits of such collaborations, and propose new models for growing and sustaining these partnerships.
- Opening (Nate Hill, Shannon Mattern) / Live Documentation (Neta Bomani + Cybernetics Library)
- Panel 1: New York / Privacy in Public (Greta Byrum, Toisha Tucker, Salome Asega)
- Panel 2: Helsinki / Library’s Other Intelligences (Anni Vartola, Laura Norris, Illari Laamanen, Jussi Parikka)
- Panel 3: Group Show (Trent Miller, Burak Arikan, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Jer Thorp)
Design by Johanna Lundberg: