These are two projects we made for the website...



The Librarians is a series of 8 video portraits concerned with the personal, sometimes unintentional collections and libraries of people working in the arts. The project looks at how individual collections and selections processes and by extension the design and organisation of personal environments reflect and relate to someone’s wider practice. As a sequence the portraits form a collection in their own right with the notion of collecting becoming increasingly complex while relationships and connections develop between individuals and their ideas. Featuring Tom McCarthy, Lorenza Boisi, Shaun Pubis, Michael Leslie, Pablo Bronstein, Isabel Waidner, Rebecca Bligh and Adam Sutherland.



Reading Room is video library of reading performances which will be regularly added to. Texts are chosen by readers specifically for the collection and filmed in their personal contexts, either home or workplace. As a result the library includes an eclectic mix of literature, poetry, biography and science while each video is also an encounter with the personal space of the reader. The project is ongoing and long-term, mapping through time associations and a sense of collective thinking .




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Hi, for the Live Week we are setting up a reading room where you have the opportunity to read aloud to a captive internet audience. A bit like jackanory but you can read whatever you like, something you have written yourself or a found text.
We have some great people who have already agreed to read but we would like some more of the artists from the project to drop what they're doing and give us a story. Let us know if you are interested in taking part and we will give you more details.....

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Michael is an Australian pianist based in Munich. He has a collection of art books and catalogues, in particular of Michelangelo and Francis Bacon that he consults while practising. He talks about the visual language of music (Beethoven and Bach), the relationship between music and visual representation and how each in a sense completes the other.

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Adam is the director of Grizedale Arts.
He talks about the Grizedale Collection housed in Lawson Park - mainly comprised of objects and artefacts selected for the farmhouse, useful and in use each item also has a larger significance and is selected according to site-specific criteria (such as  authenticity and local design), the point being also that the collection is also just 'stuff'. Adam then compares collecting with curating and discusses grizedale as a total environment.

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Tom is a writer based in London. we visited him in the great arthur house, a modernist former social housing project near the Barbican, where he lives.
Tom talks about his library, in particular his passion for Tintin, Finnegan's Wake and Moby Dick, of which he made a large-scale drawing, detailing one of the chapters in the novel (the lea shore). He talks us through the drawing, which discusses the structure of the writing as well as connects it to prevalent ideas in postmodernism and his own work, such as repetition and the event.

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Guestroom are making a series  of short documentaries about people's libraries, probably 8 films in total. Each film will be about 10-15 minutes long and they will be screened individually at different points during the live week. We have been visiting and filming people in their homes talking about their collections, systems of collecting and associated anecdotes.  We are making the films with people we know and we didn't film anyone with creepy obsessive collections, it is more about how people, artists in particular, work with their collections.


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