In the summer of 2011 The LFTT Library was provided with its first official residency at Broadstone Studios, Dublin. Working between a ground floor studio space and the large dining hall of the historic 1840′s Art & Crafts building at 22 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, a number of artists were enlisted to help ‘edit’ the library. This was a timely and somewhat absurd process which added to the shape of the archive and introduced us to its character, while clarifying little.
Installation work by visual artist Méadhbh O’Connor made on occasion of the LFTT Library Residency at Broadstone Studios in October 2011. The work was installed in The Library in reference to Jorge Luis Borges’ short, allegorical story ‘The Library of Babel’ in which the universe is composed of an infinite number of interlocking hexagonal galleries, each housing twenty shelves of books. The books contain every possible ordering of just a few basic characters: 22 letters, spaces and punctuation marks, which leads to the frantic, cultish and chaotic efforts of the Universe’s inhabitants to decipher meaning from the books. For The LFTT Library Broadstone Residency, Méadhbh installed a passageway of hexagons out of creeper vine to lead visitors into the LFTT Library, marking it as one room of possible arrangements of language and meaning from Borge’s allegorical universe. The work remains installed at Broadstone Studios.
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July 13 2011. I’m really delighted with all the work we got done this evening and a
really great start to the project. Many thanks to all who attended.
For those that weren’t able to make it we have started to devise
idiosyncratic categories of division for the library such as “gravity
defying” “obnoxiously dogmatic” and “on singing”. We have 25
categories to date and feel free to suggest more, we have app5000
books in all so up to 100 categories would be feasible.
Categories so far; 1. Beautiful Illustrations. 1a. Books with Decorative panels. 2. Dedications. 3. Books with remarkable foreign objects inside them. 4. Door-stoppers. 5. Inheritance Books. (Empty) 6. Happy Books. (Empty) 7. Dogmatically Offensive Books. (one book) 8. The Sublime. 9. Exotic Places. 10. Books We Like The Colours Of. 11. Hideous Books. (Empty) 12. Books about Singing. 13. Anti-gravity Books. 14. Adventure Books. 15. Books On Arguing. 16. Poetry. 17. Literature. 18. Important Men. 19. Art and Architecture. 20. About Translation. 21. Sex. 21a. Catholic Marriage. 22. Smelly Books. (Empty) 23. Ireland. 24. History. 25. The Fransicans. 26. Books With Great Covers. 27. Nature 28. Politics & Economics 29. Saints 30. Rejects 31. Science 32. Boring Religious Books 33. Window Books