When: September 11 – September 20, 2014

Have libraries become obsolete in the digital age? Can we conceive public libraries as something other than a collection of books? When does a library begin and end?

Started as a long-term research project in November 2013, the VOLUME project investigates the potential of libraries as sites for artistic creation and production of knowledge, as well as for the formation of critique and dialogue. For nine days, international and local artists, theorists, curators and librarians will engage the public library as a space and a concept, through a series of performances, ad-hoc interventions, talks, literary writings and installations. Events will take place at 98weeks Project Space, Assabil Libraries, and in public spaces around Beirut.

Ad hoc interventions and performances by Mounira Al Solh (LB/NL), Andrew Beccone (US), Pauline Curnier-Jardin (FR), Aldis Ellersdóttir Hóff (SE), Per Hüttner (SE/FR), RyBN.ORG (FR), Walid Sadek (LB)

Talk series with Stefanie Baumann, Antoine Boulad (Assabil Association), Jessica Khazrik & Monica Basbous (Ashkal Alwan Library), Marcell Mars, Maud Stephan-Hachem (Lebanese National Library)

the VOLUME project is a collaboration between Vision Forum, Assabil Association and 98weeks Research Project and is curated by Sara Giannini together with 98weeks.

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Thursday, September 11
6pm–8pm 98weeks

6pm Welcoming speech by Sara Giannini and 98weeks
6.45pm Presentation of The Reanimation Library | Mar Mikhael Branch
7.30pm Performance An Incomplete Portrait of the Reanimation Library by Andrew Beccone

Friday, September 12
6pm Geitawi Garden (meeting point)
Performance walk by Per Hüttner

7.30pm 98weeks
Screening of The Silence by Per Hüttner

Saturday, September 13
4pm–7pm 98weeks
Open decoding session with RYBN.ORG

7.30pm 98weeks
Talk “Public Library (in the Age of the Internet)” by Marcell Mars

Sunday, September 14
6pm Horsh Park (meeting point TBC)
Performance To avoid the great heat of the Sun is kept in the Night, and by the light of the Moon: an inexistent book catalogue by Mounira Al Solh

Monday, September 15
4pm–7pm 98weeks
Open decoding session with RYBN.ORG

Tuesday, September 16
6pm–7pm 98weeks
Group discussion “On Feminisms Library”

Wednesday, September 17
4pm–7pm Geitawi Library
Performance Smaller Apparition of Continuous Future by Aldís Ellertsdóttir Hoff

Thursday, September 18
4pm–7pm Bachoura Library
Transe-narrative performance The Teeth of the Rack, the Eyes of the Librarian by Pauline Curnier Jardin

Friday, September 19
7pm 98weeks
Performance by Walid Sadek

Saturday, September 20
4pm–7pm 98weeks
Panel discussion “Inventions and Inventories of Lebanese Public Libraries” w. Stefanie Baumann, Antoine Boulad, Jessica Khazrik & Monica Basbous, Maud Stephan-Hachem

For the entire duration of the VOLUME project 98weeks Project Space is open daily from 3pm to 7pm.