Shared library

The resident artists’ Shared Library is a bibliographic device that ensures the circulation and distribution of bibliographic material and all kinds of textual amalgamations that the residents -and complicit publishers- make available for common use. We imagine it as an exercise in bibliographic resistance and archival dissidence, where there is room for unauthorized books, scans, clippings, photocopies, facsimiles, annotations, records, personal albums…, which in turn questions the material conditions of the library. In the long run, the shared library is yet another way of recording and accessing the artistic practices that inhabit Hangar.

A reference that resonates in the conception of this library is the cultural fabric that is agglutinated around the so-called shadow libraries, which emerged to disseminate academic content, especially scientific articles and books. Shadow libraries emerged for the dissemination of academic content, especially scientific articles and books. The privatization of content and the increasing inaccessibility of academic literature gave rise to this bibliographic resistance in favor of the liberation or reduction of the costs of academic knowledge, known as the open access movement, which shares some precepts with the provisions of open source software, which Hangar has been defending and mobilizing as a technological positioning – both theoretical and practical – for more than two decades.

So far, Biblioteca the Shared Librery is supported by Caja Negra Editora, IF Publications, Caniche Editorial and Elastic City.

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