Alessandro Ludovico, neural.it, Bari/Italy

Temporary Library for Creating Commons

The central role of the library as a nodal cultural system is transforming into a still undefined new type of cultural body, influenced by the spontaneous creation of different types of DIY libraries. Libraries should evolve from their historical and ‘monumental’ role, into an extended, networked and shared infrastructure of knowledge. The concept of a “Temporary library” is to curate a list of tiles, asked to be donated by the respective publishers, filling specific knowledge needs during cultural events, and becoming then a permanent resource in an institutional library.

After the exhibition, the “Temporary Library” has been donated to the library of Zurich University of the Arts. All books are now indexed in the catalog and are available on the shelves on-site, ready to be loaned.