Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community.
A Hard Read, the Personal Library - a collaboration between artists Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson - explores literacies, social space and social anxiety. Private shelves are combined with a selection of literature on literacy and social practice, books borrowed from a public library and renewed online - and the making of an artist book, ed. 10.
The selection is a result of their methodology, that includes: reflections on personal experience, active listening and elements of Gregory Bateson’s Metalogues. The resulting library is a dialogue between personal history, hybrid expression and collective learning.
Structure of collaboration:
Anna Lise Jensen: concept, organizer, transcribing, editing, photography, scanning and printing.
Michael Wilson: story, drawings & watercolors and book binding