Read/Write Library, Chicago

Yesterday The Librarium had its first OS public outing at Chicago’s own awesome Read/Write Library (formerly the Chicago Underground Library) – fearless pioneers of a new model for “open, location-specific archiving of independent and small press media“. The Read/Write Library collects anything and everything that is produced by and for the Chicago community, indexing works in such a way that all contributors are recognised, and maintaining a physical space open to the public in which ideas can be shared and connections forged.

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Made very welcome by Head Librarian Nell Taylor, Bek and I spoke about The Librarium/Bill+George, the artist-run scene in Sydney and its relationship to land value. and creating quiet spaces in the city… alongside peeps from a nearby Chicago artist-run space, the very cute Peanut Gallery.

The Read/Write Library has very cool aims to create an ‘open source platform that other cities can adopt to discover and preserve their shared cultural memory, neighborhood by neighborhood’. Word that!

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Photos by Tessa Zettel

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