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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01. DRESDEN ART SCHOOL01.DRESDEN SCHOOL OUTSIDE02. DRESDEN TECH MUSEUMOur first stop heading south from the Schloss in Brandenburg was in Dresden, capital of the Free State of Saxony. Crossing the bridge over the River Elbe we both let out an audible sigh at the sight of the grand Baroque and Rococo buildings lining the waterfront. Later on in the hotel reading ‘Germany’ by J.F Dickie (TRNS 141) we found that this  is a routine response for new visitors entering the city, in fact it is expected. The ‘Germany’ travel guide also told us that Dresden was the home of ‘gemütlichkeit’, an untranslatable german phrase meaning a kind of cosy warm feeling of belonging and social acceptance. We spent our time there in search of this phenomenon.

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10286940The 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

CAROLYN-COLLIERFor 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. (

INMA-01Inma 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…

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The spelling grid based on Becketts 'Quad'

The spelling grid based on Becketts ‘Quad’ –


Mick O'Shea and Irene Murphy of Strange Attractor performing live at The LFTT Library at Highlanes Gallery May 2013.

Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy of Strange Attractor performing live at The LFTT Library at Highlanes Gallery May 2013.

In May 2013 Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy performed live in The LFTT Library at Highlanes Gallery as part of the exhibition ‘Things in Translation: The Legs Foundation’. Mick and Irene regularly perform as part of sound-art and performance collective Strange Attractor. They are both instrumental in the experimental sound-art scene which Cork city has become renowned for, which also includes Danny McCarthy David Stalling and Anthony Kelly and others.

Mick O'Shea and Irene Murphy of Strange Attractor performing live at The LFTT Library at Highlanes Gallery May 2013.

Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy of Strange Attractor performing live at The LFTT Library at Highlanes Gallery May 2013.

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