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The Women’s Art Library

If you work as an art technician, you are part of a fairly new and growing trade, which wasn’t as prominent twenty years ago, as it is today. I wanted to connect the trends visible in today’s art tech scene […]

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words, seeds and something that has been lost.

The elements that I’m focussing on – words, seeds and something that has been lost. Seeds – plants as part of the language of an area.  Language as a reflection of the landscape.  Plants individually remain the same across generations, […]

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Telling

Press days. They always seem like a great idea when you agree to them. They’re frequently a great idea afterwards too. The reality of them are that they can be the most stressful bit of any project. If you think […]

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The Act of Reading

The Act of Reading Saturday 11th March 2017, Manchester Central Library Performance times: 11.30 – 12.30      The Act of Reading I          Shakespeare Hall 13.30 – 14.30      The Act of Reading II   […]

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It Stares Us Down

On three consecutive Saturdays in March I will present newly commissioned performances and sculptures at Manchester Central Library exploring how, why and what we read… Further details to follow… www.librarylive.co.uk/event/the-act-of-reading/ www.librarylive.co.uk/event/saccades/ www.librarylive.co.uk/event/circular-reading/ It Stares Us Down is supported by ACE, Manchester […]

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You’ve read the book, now read the book

Thanks to a professional development bursary from a-n, last year I had an extended conversation with artist and writer Michael Hampton. We have now turned this into a limited edition publication with a twist. It begins like this: Michael Hampton: […]

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Hypertext

“…how do you move around in infinity without getting lost? The structuring of the space can be so compelling and confusing as to utterly absorb and neutralize the narrator and to exhaust the reader…” The End of Books, Robert Coover, […]

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What is a work?

Table of contents from Andrea Crestadoro’s “The Art of Making Catalogues” (1856)

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Image, Word, Orientation, Action

The art historian Aby Warburg designed a library next to his home in Hamburg that included a reading room with mezzanine and a loose thematic taxonomy of its books into: Image (art history, archaeology and early cultures) Word (mainly ancient […]

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Episodes in Libraries

  Chief Librarians 1852–1858 Edward Edwards 1858–1864 Robert Wilson Smiles 1864–1879 Andrea Crestadoro 1879–1920 Charles William Suttan I read the list of librarians, sitting next to the old Manchester Library fireplace, it reminded me of a man for whom everything […]

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All the World’s Memory

Stills from Alain Resnais’ “Toute La Memoire du Monde” (1956) via www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0RVSZ_yDjs (Criterion Collection)  

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