Tomorrow I’m participating in an artist talk at the Center for Book Arts. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s called “Brother, Can You Spare a Stack” (the title is a nod to the depression era song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”) and it showcases a number of radical libraries. I contributed an installation based on the Peoples Free Library and the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology.
“Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production.” from the Center for Book Arts website.
Artist Talk: Brother, Can You Spare a Stack
Friday, March 15th , 6:30pm
Arlen Austin/Jason Boughton, Stephen Boyer, Reanimation Library
$10 suggested donation/ $5 members
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001