Foundling Archive cares for artefacts tossed aside by their original owners 

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If you’re a follower of Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo, you’ll know what she says about the letters, postcards, invitations and magazine clippings that tend to multiply inside the home of the sentimental… Continue reading

The Suspicious Archive: A Prejudiced Interpretation of the Interpretation of Archives, Part I | e-flux

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An archive is a non-random collection of things, or the place where such a collection resides. The concept of non-randomness or purposiveness implies that archivists have a reason for archiving—that an archive is… Continue reading

Jonathan Basile: Who’s Afraid of AAARG? – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

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The name AAARG was originally an acronym that spoke to its founder’s intentions, Artists, Architects, and Activists Reading Group. The site’s eventual legal troubles forced it to change domains frequently, usually adding or… Continue reading

A Composite Day in the Life of Publication Studio, Portland: Design Observer

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Publication is the creation of a public. A public is strangers who have found common ground. It might be a public square or a community garden or a book — public space is… Continue reading

Swiss In situ | Nieves and Innen Zine Library | Swiss Institute

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In August 2016, Swiss Institute will temporarily move into a 5,000 sq ft project space at 102 Franklin Street in Tribeca, where the organization will present its programming under the name Swiss In situ. During this period of transition to… Continue reading

The art of archiving lost things | From Monet to Tracey Emin

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The archive is an idea often overlooked or taken for granted. The imagery of a dark, dusty room and mounds of old-smelling documents does nothing to convince the non-researcher of its relevance in… Continue reading

STACKS 

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Art, design, and visual culture. Stacks is an outdoor bookshelf installation by artist David Harper made of books and wood. Via Cazenova College: The theme for Harper’s installation: “these trees shall be my… Continue reading

Library as Infrastructure

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Reading room, social service center, innovation lab. How far can we stretch the public library? Source: Library as Infrastructure

Why Libraries Are Everywhere in the Czech Republic – The New York Times

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PRAGUE — In the age of Amazon and the internet, the idea of going to a public library to borrow a book may seem ever more quaint and old-fashioned in many parts of… Continue reading

‘Badass Librarians’ Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts

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Scholars used donkey carts, boats, and teenage couriers to smuggle a priceless collection out of Timbuktu. Source: ‘Badass Librarians’ Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts