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Publisher Note

The project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine starts as a group of people who dedicate themselves to memorizing a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The “books” pass their time in libraries reading, memorizing, talking to each other, going for walks outside, prepared to be read by a visitor. The readings take place as intimate one-to-one encounters where the “book” recites its content to the reader. Over time the project grew into a library collection of more than eighty living books in twelve different languages across Europe and beyond. The project developed into a bookshop, a publishing house and an exhibition format, and hosted workshops, lectures and talks and, eventually, a book. The publication brings together eighteen text contributions from artists and theoreticians with a varying degree of proximity to the project. Their reflections touch on memory and forgetting; on the practice of learning by heart and its corporeality; on reading, re-reading, reading aloud, reading for oneself and for others; on writing, re-writing and translating; on invisible and impossible literatures; on alternative temporalities and their respective economies; on archives, libraries, bodies and other sites for conservation; on the problems of authorship and originality; on immateriality and its discontents; on the equivocal borders between reality and fiction; and on the strange and unforeseeable dynamics of people and stories coming together, disseminating and unexpectedly crossing paths again. The second part of the book is a visual essay that documents the processes of memorizing, reading and re-writing.

Art Theory

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine

— A book on reading, writing, memory and forgetting in a library of living books

by Runa Borch Skolseg, Mette Edvardsen, Victoria Pérez Royo, Kristien Van den Brande

Publisher
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2019
Credits
Identifiers
ISBN-13: 978-88-6749-387-6
Work  
Subform Art Writing
Language English
Format Softcover
Dimensions 17.0 × 22.5 cm
Weight 1,072 gram
Pages 536

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