Bike-Book-Machine is entering the public domain

We are beavering away to make the debut of Bike-Book-Machine into Marrickville with the first of four sunday roamings starting on the 3rd April.

Our theme for the curated bookshelf in our first week April 3 is


Considered from the perspective of the plant, the acquired library and the digital domain, how can the ordering of knowledge become an act of commoning?

Joining us at 3pm for an intimate public conversation at The Frontyard (228 Illawarra Rd. Marrickville) will be Prue Gibson, Somaya Langley and Benjamin Foster.

Hope to see you there—for locations throughout the day check out facebook page or follow us on twitter @the_librarium


Prue Gibson’s research sits at the nexus of art, plant science and philosophy. She works as an academic and art writer, and also dabbles in fiction, such as her recent cli-fi (climate change literature) story for Vitalstatistix’s Climate Century, Adelaide. Her recent book Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants discussed the ungrounding of plants as an ‘aesthetic of cure’. She has published widely on art and is editing a second anthology called The Covert Plant with Punctum books. Her next monograph is The Art of Plant Science focuses on the role art plays in questioning, representing and disseminating knowledge of plant behaviour.  

Somaya Langley has a background in the arts, music, festivals, libraries and archives. She has worked as a producer in the broadcast and online environments as well as for federal and state cultural institutions in the fields of digital curation, digital collecting and digital preservation. Organisations she has worked for include the Australian Music Centre, ABC Classic FM, Design & Art Australia Online, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, and the National Library of Australia. She was a Co-Director of the 2008 and 2009 Electrofringe festivals and the Production Manager of the International Society of Contemporary Music 2010 World New Music Days festival. In 2010 and 2011 she undertook research to develop a scoping study on Archives in the Digital Era for the Australia Council for the Arts. She is currently a Co-Convenor of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material’s Digital and Audiovisual Heritage Special Interest Group (aka Electron). Somaya is currently a Digital Curation Specialist at the State Library of New South Wales.

Benjamin Forster’s practice may be positioned within contemporary drawing, bringing together digital and biological technologies, installation and print to trace the boundaries of logic, economy and the role of the artist in art making. In 2015 he acquired the decommissoned library of the Australia Council, and after its temporary installation at MuMA in October, it has now found a semi-permanent home at The Frontyard.