In September 2017 The LFTT Library was involved in an event at the Gerberei Museum in Enger, Germany. The event was the culmination of a year long collaboration with the Rumpelstilzchen-Literaturprojekt, an experimental poetry project led by artist Michael Hellwig at the Widukind Gymnasium in Enger. Poets Milena Evering, Anna Paszehr, Vanessa Schwarkow and Rabea Jasmin Usling composed poems using books from The LFTT Library. At the museum a number of sound and installation artists (Angelika Höger (DE), Aga Tamiola (PL) and Annemarie Deacy (IRL) and myself) were invited to respond to these works which were presented to the audience in collaboration with the poets in a live setting. This event was part of the literaturland westfalen ‘Hier!‘ festival in the context of the exhibition “Das Word wird Bild” (The Word becomes Image) by Ulrike Schönfelder-Hellwig, Siegfried Baron und Michael Hellwig. Top Picture: Vanessa Schwarkow performing. Picture Above: work by Helen Horgan in collaboration with Rabea Jasmin Usling. http://www.lfttrlp.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/jasmin-rabea-usling/
Since 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’ (www.lab-artistsunlimited.de) 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
Travelling from Brandenburg in North-East Germany en route to Turin via Bavaria and Switzerland, myself and Aga Tamiola stopped off in the surreal medieval town of Rothenburg ODT where we sited some more guerilla performances with The LFTT Library and Emergency Kit for Neuro-skeptics.
The second stop on The LFTT Library Translation Tour was at The Schloss Wartin Summer Salon* in Brandenberg, Germany in collaboration with Polish artist Aga Tamiola and Emergency Kit for Neuroskeptics. Billed as ‘a survival kit to help a modern person be more human in a time of neuroscience’ the ‘E-Kit’ is a fragmented poetry anthology re-presented in a neuro-labs slide box, a receptacle which once contained cross section images of rats brains. As literal ‘slices of thought’ the E-Kit’s text fragments (coincidentally of a scale commensurate with the limits of a twitter post) are further employed in sympathy with the early Dadaists as a performance prop, allowing the subconscious thoughts of artist and audience to speak through the medium of the Kit. Read More
For the Guesthouse closing night artists in residence Inma Pavon and Carolyn Collier performed work from research they had been conducting with the library throughout the past year. Dancer and movement choreographer Inma Pavon has an interest in the act of writing with and through the body, using scriptural form as a way of developing ‘signature’ gestures that can be transformed live with increasing nuance. Pavon is currently pursuing a Phd in University College Cork on the uses of chance methods in group and solo choreography and lectures in the School of Music and Theatre. Visual artist Carolyn Collier, who completed her MA in Art and Process at Crawford College of Art in 2013 is interested in the body as architectural space, more specifically how the architecture or environment becomes a second skin for the performer, often replacing the self present body with a manifest trace of the act of research. Image above is of work by Carolyn Collier. (www.carolyn-collier.com)
Inma Pavon led a ‘Group Spelling Performance’ based on Becketts ‘Quad’. The Libraries new in-house ‘Glochen-spiel’ (Bell-game) is courtesy of visual artist Barbara Wheeler-Connolly who has been collecting bells as travel souvenirs (mostly gifts) since the 70’s. She very kindly donated her collection to The LFTT in the hope that it would now have a more active life than its previous status as object of display in her home. The bell has a curious capacity to trigger sonic memories much in the way a postcard would trigger a visual one. Of course these bells are also very beautiful… http://wheelerconnolly.weebly.com/
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