Summer 2017
Top Ten: The Library of Site-Specifity

The aim of this class is twofold as the library of site-specificity does not only contain books about the topic, but at the same time is a reflection of its own concept. Designed for a special purpose and a specific location, will it be destroyed when removed (paraphrasing Richard Serra’s statement about the removal of his site-specific sculpture "Tilted Arc"  in 1981)? Isn’t a library, "this universe" (Jorge Luis Borges), always site-specific?

How can an actual library and its books become tools for investigation, for a research practice that deals with keywords, correct citation indices AND the materiality of objects that, centuries ago, were named books?

With precision we will stroll through books and texts, filter, cut, copy, paste, collage, add. A library is a performance, universalism is a universe’s pitfall.

The first humble shelf will contain books and texts by Marc Augé, Michel Foucault, Robert Irwin, Rosalind Krauss, Miwon Kwon, Lucy Lippard, Brian O’Doherty, Pierre Nora, Barbara Rose, Laura Wollen (Womanhouse), and Jeffrey Kastner and Brian Wallis

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Image: Claudia Slanar