Christine Hoffmann ‘Brave new world‘ mixed media installation, Herford 2017

The installation ‘Brave new world‘ was shown in September 2017 at art space ‘Kiosk24’ in Herford/ Germany. Christine Hoffmann´s work was inspired by the book ‘Artistic and Scientific Taxidermy‘ from The LFTT Library.

Artificial zoomorphic creatures seem to grow in a research laboratory. Small animals crawl towards all five edges of the room, showing synchronized behaviour. They are connected with veins or ventilation tubes and filled with green nutrient solution. Clones are stored in regales of glass and breeded by red heaters. Large drawings describe a plan for the genetic recombination of hybrid beings.

The title ‘Brave new world‘ aims at the dystopic novel of Aldous Huxley. The installation is a warning against the manipulation of nature by man. In correspondence with the Fransiscan idea, it´s a call for a more conscious interaction with nature.

The vernissage started with an artists talk between Susanne Albrecht, Angelika Höger and Christine Hoffmann – and ended with an eat-art-initiative ‘eat your monster’ – a transformation of energy. Read More

gabrielle-lucie03_webgabrielle02-helen_webLFTT_Brackwede_Mai 2016_50-webSince June 2015, the artist Angelika Höger of Artists Unlimited has taken care of a selection of the library, which consists of “cultural instructions”, specially for Bielefeld. This special collection includes books on natural sciences and gardening, practical instruction manuals and modern self-help literature. For almost a year now, artists from Bielefeld have been dealing with the library, expanding its potential for meaning and opening it to for experimental readings.

In May 2016 The LFTT Library was invited to programme an exhibition and series of events at Brackwede District Library as part of ‘lAb’ ( an ongoing project of curator Anna Jehle. This invitation was a welcome opportunity to showcase the development of the work.  The project was a collaboration between Brackwede District library as host, the Bielefeld Artist Association Artists Unlimited (inc. Angelika Höger) and The LFTT Library. The invited artists were; Vera Brüggemann, Viola Friedrich, Helen Horgan, Angelika Höger, Antje Löbel, Gabriele Undine Meyer and Hildegard Nattebrede. During the exhibition in the District library the selection was open to the public and a number of events took place including a performance by Oona Kastner and Markus Schwartze


Pictured above: Gabrielle Undine Meyer’s work with ‘Teach Yourself Typewriting’ Pitmans College (1966). Undine Meyer fell in love with this book from the 1960s, a time when the artists mother worked as a secretary in Germany. Undine Meyer bought a typewriter and loosely following the instructions and exercises, taught herself to type. The endeavour was showcased in the form of a multimedia installation and performance work.

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Artist and Illustrator Vera Brüggeman (pictured above) has been working as an illustrator and artist since 1995, drawing for books, games, posters, magazines, and textbook publishers among other things. Brüggeman chose a bi-lingual gaelic-english book on Irish language composition to respond to with witty and formally elegant drawings. The series has since been expanded and is to be published as a book. See for more information. Below: ‘Aids to Irish Composition‘ published by M.H. Gill & Son, Dublin (1938).


Angelika Höger (below) is known for her large scale kinetic installations made from found domestic objects (a practice she has termed ‘Housewife Engineering’ ).  While looking after The LFTT Library selection at Artists Unlimited the artist came across a number of illustrated technical books including ‘Artistic & Scientific Taxidermy and Modelling’ by Montagu Browne (1896) and ‘How Radar Works’ by Kenneth Ullyett (1948). Combining the fleshy with the extramundane, Höger built a number of small appliances that exhibited strange sentient qualities; like a page turning machine that responds to a motion detector and a tiny motor that spins a paper flower into bloom.

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Antje Löbel (below) was struck by an Art Nouveau craft book on paper flower making while looking through the collection and decided to form a group around working sculpturally with paper which have been holding regular meetings at The LFTT Library at Artists Unlimited ever since. Her contribution to the show was the result of a period of focused immersion in the patterns and folds of intricate paperwork.

LFTT_Brackwede_Mai 2016_51_webantja02-helen_webantja01-helen_webArtist Viola Friedrich (below) crafted and photographed a series of miniature laboratories from electronic scrap inspired by the book ‘Electrons, Electric Waves & Wireless Telephony’ by J. A. Fleming (1923). Employing model building, staged photography, and found material including as plants, minerals and engineering waste, Viola Friedrich creates points of connection for narratives behind her pictures. What has happened or will happen in the future leaves it to the imagination of the beholder. Friedrich studied photo design at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and graduated in 2002 with a diploma from Prof. Karl Martin Holzhäuser.


Hildegard Nattebrede (below) created a series of drawings inspired by ‘An Insect Book for The pocket’ by Edmund Sanders (1951)

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11225111_869083379849803_4274438807110613384_oHow can language be otherwise heard, seen, tasted or touched by and for its reader? How can reading and re-writing be a collaborative, sensory experience? In what way does the transformation of text from one medium or language into another effect its cultural perception?

10257452_869083426516465_5819634508259476141_oIn June 2015 The LFTT Library comes to Artists Unlimited as part of The LFTT Library Translation Tour, a 4,000km road-trip and practical exercise in cross-country re-interpretation. In collaboration with artist Angelika Höger The LFTT library will expand on it’s meaning potential by opening itself up to ‘foreign’ readings. A specially curated selection of the library has been made which includes books from the natural sciences, gardening, practical instruction manuals and new age self help guides and forms a kind of cultural ‘how-to’. The project asks; How do personal and local differences effect this idea of the universal ‘manual’? Are technologies like google translate enough to bridge the gap, or is something more like a real time conversation required? 


This selection, which will remain at Artists Unlimited under the care of Höger until summer 2016, was launched in the gallery on the 12th of June, allowing artists and audiences the chance to meet the library and discuss further potential involvement with the project at Artists Unlimited over the course of the coming year. (Images above show the ‘Paper Work’ room at Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld. June 2015)

11221664_869083629849778_8622059018532434820_oIn addition LFTT Director, Helen Horgan invited participants to become part of The LFTT Library Tour: Film in Translation, the ongoing film document of the tour, by contributing ‘misreadings’ and ‘mistranslations’ stemming from the alien content of the newly re-contextualised books. Interested participants were invited to select from the library short texts which exhibit curious difficulties in understanding, whether stemming from language barriers or locally found confusions.  These texts/confusions will be worked on and transformed becoming part of the narrative of the film as a document of ‘translation in action’. If you are interested in getting involved with The LFTT Library at Artists Unlimited or would like to learn more email The LFTT at or (Artists Unlimited) Angelika Höger at .

11143474_869084266516381_5179822305932378096_oAn idea with reach is said to have “legs” and the word translation was historically used as a term to describe the movement of objects, particularly sacred ones, from place to place. (Image above shows the ‘Music Work’ room at Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld. June 2015)

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Angelika Hoger ‘Laufzeitanalyse’ (Videoloop ca. 1 hour, part one and part two) (2008)

Angelika Höger (DE) is a german artist based in Bielefeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany who was on resident at The Guesthouse in collaboration with the library in October 2014. Höger works in kinetic sculpture and installation, often with found domestic objects; a practice she calls ‘Housewife Engineering’. Over an introductory drink Myself and Angelika had been discussing our ideal reading space and I brought her to a favourite cafe of mine in Cork, The Webworkhouse ( Most commonly frequented by travellers and local students, the Webworkhouse cafe provides a constant background hum of indiscernible foreign chatter that I find conducive to a good read. Angelika had expressed an interest in working with The LFTT library as an installation which I was of course interested in, as one of the primary reasons for the ‘new build’ of the shelving system would be to make the structure more malleable as building material. This initial intervention (although modest) instantly made visible further possibilities for alternative functions of the libraries modular architecture. The LFTT ‘Internet Cafe’ included cafe style seating; the photocopy station and lounge area; an international maps wall (to provide orientation) and the internet space itself – two pcs, which in place of streaming the information superhighway which is the world wide web were screening Angelika’s two part video work ‘Laufzeitanalyse’ in which one snail and a group of snails traverse a hamster wheel at a speed barely perceptible to the human eye, foraging on a piece of garden lettuce. Humourous, playful, and visually-philosophically succinct, this work was in keeping with subverting the expected function of the environment and its materials.

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At the opening of Things In Translation: The Legs Foundation, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, May 2013

At the opening of Things In Translation: The Legs Foundation, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, May 2013

After its initial introduction The LFTT Library returned to The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in May 2013 for its first commissioned exhibition ‘Things in Translation: The Legs Foundation’ in supported by the Drogheda arts Festival, Louth County Council and Highlanes Gallery. The exhibition was co-curated by Aoife Ruane, director of Highlanes Gallery and Helen Horgan of The LFTT Library. Eight artists were invited to make new work in response to items from the Library collection; Vivienne Byrne, Aoife Desmond, Danyel Ferrari, Jessica Foley, Helen Horgan, Aine Ivers, Susan MacWilliam and Meadhbh O’Connor. The show remained in the gallery from May 5th until August 27th 2013. During this time a programme of lectures, events and performances took place in the gallery. Local ballad band Rapscallion played on the opening night. See related posts for more. Read More