Performance Research Volume 22 Issue 1

On Libraries

Issue editors: Deidre Heddon and Misha Myers

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2017) 22:1

In an economic and cultural context in which public libraries are under threat widely, On Libraries offers tangible evidence of the diverse interrelations between and interventions of artists and libraries which reveal the library as dynamic, shifting and contested spaces of creativity, subversion, refuge, labour, testimony, imagination, choreography, repetition, invitation, inhabitation, solitude and conviviality. Including contributions from Europe, America, Australia and Iran, the issue foregrounds the practices of 'library performances', including work which displays and disrupts in equal measure library forms, rituals and technologies; work which acknowledges and takes sustenance from the library as icon of safe space for reflection and intellectual pursuit; work which responds to the materiality of libraries, most particularly books and their para-texts, including marginalia, secret deposits and traces of singular readerly engagement. Performances in libraries offer one lens through which to approach the question of ‘What are libraries for in the 21st century?’; and, further, ‘What might libraries become?’

On Libraries : Introduction

Misha Myers, Deirdre (Dee) Heddon

pp. 1 - 8

Sollemne Enim est Bibliotheca : (Ceremony for the Library) (artist's pages)

Hester Reeve

pp. 9 - 11

The Artist in the Library

Clare Qualmann

pp. 12 - 24

The Bristol Art Library (artist’s pages)

Annabel Other, Tonia Carless

pp. 25 - 26


Ellen Bell

pp. 27 - 31

The Walking Library : Mobilizing books, places, readers and reading

Deirdre (Dee) Heddon, Misha Myers

pp. 32 - 48

Tales of Time and Space : Part-home, part-library and a fully functioning escape vehicle

Laura Mansfield

pp. 49 - 50

My Life as a Book

Mette Edvardsen

pp. 51 - 54

A Structured Space for Reflection : A conversation about The Quiet Volume, a site-specific autoteatro performance for libraries

Ant Hampton, Tim Etchells

pp. 55 - 60

Some Patterns of Current / A Choreographic Index (artists' pages)

Lucy Cash, Sheila Ghelani

pp. 61 - 66

‘Educate a Woman and You Educate a Generation’ : Performing geographies of learning, the public library and a pre-school parents’ book club

Joanne Norcup

pp. 67 - 74

Performing Refuge/Restoration : The role of libraries in the African American Community – Ferguson, Baltimore and Dorchester

Myron M. Beasley

pp. 75 - 81

A Performing Library : Dario Fo’s cultural manifesto

Marco Valleriani

pp. 82 - 84

No Nudity, Ducks or Amateur Wrestling OR What happens when you give a live artist the keys to the library?

Liz Clarke

pp. 85 - 88

The Library is Open! : Drag queen poetry at the Scottish Poetry Library, 28 January 2016

Iain Morrison

pp. 89 - 90

A Place Free of Judgement – A teenage takeover of libraries (‘Why Are You Here Teenager?’) (artist’s pages)

(Ju Row Farr) Blast Theory

pp. 91 - 92

Curated Readings : Site-specific art and performance in libraries

Penelope Bartlau

pp. 93 - 97

LADA’s Study Room : A case study in five parts

Lois Keidan, Marco Pustianaz, Mary Paterson, Tara Fatehi Irani, Tara Fatehi Irani

pp. 98 - 105

Poor Traces of the Room : The Live Archive at the library

Joseph Dunne, Anna Makrzanowska

pp. 106 - 114

A Beautiful Living Thing (artist’s pages)

Ross Birrell

pp. 115 - 119

Ecolibrary as Bing

Chris Fremantle

pp. 120 - 121

Anagnosis of Hysteria : Bibliothèque/Amphithéâtre/Shrine Charcot

Gabriella Daris

pp. 122 - 129

Library of Unfinished Texts

Diana Damian Martin

pp. 130 - 133

Spivak_rub (artist’s pages)

Jessa Mary Mockridge

pp. 134 - 135

Loving Memory : Anamnesis and hypomnesis

Mischa Twitchin

pp. 136 - 140

Sound Stakes (review)

Ella Finer

pp. 141 - 143

Notes on Contributors

pp. 145 - 146