The Library Was reimagines the function, aesthetic and culture of the library in thecontext of an austerity-stricken future. The book includes interviews with London based library enthusiasts, a profile of the revolutionary Cuban librarian Marta Terry González, a reassessment of The Five Laws of Library Science (as they do and don’t apply to the collection of contemporary zines) and an account of the stolen library of the late Saudi novelist Abd al-Rahman Munif. It also describes the work of a semifictional group of readers and activists called The Library of Aimless Yet Meaningful Pursuit. Contributors to this publication include zine specialist Leila Kassir; publishing house and artists’ collective Fehras Publishing Practices; reader, writer and researcher Hudda Khaireh; and Rianna Jade Parker, founder of the artists’ collective The Lonely Londoners. The author, OOMK, is an art collective and biannual publication run by Heiba Lamara, Sofia Niazi and Rose Nordin.
6 x 9 ½ in. / 44 pp
Retail Price: $12.00
Chus Martínez, the new director of the Institute of Art, Basel, states: “I’ve been writing notes for years but never thought about having them published. These pages gather thoughts on artists who continue to be a source of motivation for me…who also possess a rare sense of humor… . (there is) no foreseeable line of research or sequence of arguments…however, I felt it would be useful to publish this peculiar research so as to motivate students to keep conversations going and to further open possibilities up to others.” The artists and their unique artistic practices selected for this book include Melquiades Herrera (1949–2003), Pedro Pietri (1944–2004), Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos (1939–1992) and Jorge Bonino (1935–1990). Club Univers, a petite pocket-sized book, is the first volume in a series from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, focused on publishing ongoing research into historical and current artistic practices exploring new paradigms of experience.
4 ⅔ x 7 in. / 84 pp / 13 b&w
Retail Price: $16.00
FHNW ACADEMY OF ART AND DESIGN, BASEL