The Portable Library Project is a mail-art/book-making project involving the creation of small works exploring ideas surrounding archiving, journaling, libraries, ephemera, and incorporating an art practice into everyday life. Participating artists span all disciplines, from performance art to fibre-based art; from photo-based art to craft to sculpture and installation.
Invited artists were sent/delivered an empty cigar box, roughly the size of a hardcover book. Over the course of a week, individuals were expected to create a 'book' a day reflective of each person's day-to-day activities and artistic process. Books were ideally made while on the go; boxes were intended to be carried with the participant, where books were to be added and collected each day for seven days.
In addition to an online archive, The Portable Library Project will take the form of a series of exhibitions (TBA), and components will be housed in a local alternative library for viewing and circulation.
Please keep an eye on this blog for project updates, extensive photo-documentation of each portable library, and artist information.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Portable Library Project
This is the box I was talking about a while back. I am getting ready to ship mine back to Canada, but am really out of it so we'll see how long that takes. But watch the blog to see when it goes up! This is straight from the blog: