Join us for tea and some soulful banter! The Legs Foundation for the Translation of Things (LFTT) is a flexible, international art collective formed in 2009. It gathers together art, writing, music and performances inspired by the LFTT Library Collection whose books range from the 15th to the 21st Century. Covering poetry, Irish folklore, philosophy and the mystical, the library is a cosy haven for anyone interested in all aspects of the human spirit. Currently at a secret location, artists Helen Horgan and Vivienne Byrne welcome those interested in visiting this lively time capsule to e-mail them at- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drogheda Arts Festival 2012
Over May bank holiday weekend 2012 The LFTT Library opened it’s doors to the festival goers of the Droichead Arts Festival. This was the celebratory culmination of a six months residency at the family home of Drogheda based artist Vivienne Byrne. As usual the LFTT subverted the conventional library form by creating a lively, vibrant, discursive (and noisy) space. Both strangers and friends had the chance to peruse the collection at their leisure, enjoy a spot of ceol agus craic and exchange valued words over a nice cup of tea.
We were delighted to have The Rapscallion Folk and Ballad Band wake up the bookworms with a bang on a fine sunny Saturday. Thanks to Pauric McQuillan, Jim McQuillan, Paul ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, Stuart Heslin and Cian Reay. Also thanks to local classical guitarist Emmett Fallon who managed to turn each tune into a legend with his fine portrayal of the characters behind each of the works.
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.
‘This Room of 23 Letters,’ Meadhbh O’Connor
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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Broadstone 2011 Events
Broadstone Studios Dublin: Editors Meetings
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
Culture Night 2010
10th Sep 2010. The LFTT Library as mobile archival project began with the creation of a two person “Hermitage” at Multyfarnham Friary Library last November. The idea was to create a sociable and physically engaging response to a space usually associated with isolated reflection (the monks hermit/artists studio/scholars library). The aspect of mobility is very important to the LFTT regards keeping knowledge and information moving and in a constant state of interpretation. The idea of physical movement and the translation of ideas forms the basis of the LFTT.
The LFTT, with the kind help of Vivienne Byrne are bringing abstracts of the library to Bray Public Library garden for Culture night 2010. We will inhabiting the garden for the duration of the evening with a mobile-library-cum-warmly-inviting-cave. The LFTT collection, kindly donated by Multyfarhanham Franciscan Friary, includes items from the 16th through to the 20th century on subjects as wide as poetry, irish folklore, natural philosophy, and medieval mysticism. All are welcome on the night to browse, chat, drink tea and share in the illumination.