This new artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three
narratives associated with the life of the Staatsbibliothek
Berlin, which acts as an example of the tension between what is contained
in libraries and how it is contained.
Libraries are generally perceived as
storehouses, spaces of stable accumulation and containment. While the
architecture may attempt to operate in this stable tone, the material
contained within them is often far wilder. Histories, biographies, loose
thoughts, detailed notations, bodies, and objects are all temporarily
suspended, cataloged, and organized, creating relationships where perhaps
previously there was none. An example of where the tension between what is
contained in libraries and how it is contained emerges in a highly
palpable way in the trajectory of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. This new
artist book by Ruth Buchanan charts three narratives associated with the
life of this particular library. The anecdotes become both concrete
examples and metaphors through which to interrogate the production,
situating, and sharing of meaning.
Born 1980 in New Plymouth (New Zealand), Ruth Buchanan lives and works in Berlin.