Art & Technology 2: Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art

08.02.2018 - 10:30 to 25.03.2018 - 17:00
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MFA 1st year
MFA 2nd year

Course professor: Michelle Teran
Meeting location: KiT Gallery, MFA Hub and various locations

First meeting for the course:
Thursday, February 8th

The course aims to develop and produce an exhibition of the Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art which will be presented at the Metamorf Biennale for Art & Technology in Trondheim, March 2018.

The Temporary Library, initiated by artist, writer, and publisher Alessandro Ludovico, makes a curated selection of publications dealing with topics of digital art and culture to reflect the history and participants of a media art scene of a particular event or site. These collections, acting as both archive and distribution, are then exposed to a broader public. Past versions of the Temporary Library have been produced for the Transmediale Festival (Berlin), ISEA 2017 (Manizales, Colombia), xCoAx 2017 (Lisbon) as well as upcoming versions in the Kochi Biennial (Kochi, India) and WRO Biennale (Wroclaw, Poland).

Students within the course will work on the production of the Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art which will be on public display at Gallery KiT during the first part of the Metamorf Biennale. Students will together produce an exhibition of audiovisual works, objects, and other printed material accompanying the Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art. Students in the course will organize a discursive and performance program and all related text and orientation plans for the exhibition.

The course proceeds from the Art & Technology: When Everybody is a Librarian the Library is Everywhere course. During the course all conceptual and spatial organization for the exhibition was developed by participating students, which provides the working plan for the current course.

Learning Outcomes
Students within the course will learn to produce a large-scale exhibition and to create an artistic platform for highlighting the library as a curatorial space for generating connections with collections around a particular specialized knowledge. The space of a library brings together aggregations of printed matter, while also creating a social environment for sharing content together. The course uses the Temporary Library as a Temporary Laboratory, to introduce many lines of critical inquiry regarding the role of printed matter and its historical mapping of ephemeral artistic and cultural practices related to sound, performance, video, networks, etc.

The exhibition will coincide with an art book fair, seminar and performance programme curated by students within the first year of the Master programme at KiT. The Temporary Library will be then donated and form part of a unique collection within the library at KiT, with the possibility to be lent out to other events upon request..

Keywords: Fluid Library, DIY Library, Pirate Library, Appropriated Library, People’s Library, Intervened Library, Shadow Library, Temporary Library, Distributed Library.

Student eligibility
MFA (maximum of 8 masters art students) and BFA students, plus students from other departments within NTNU.

All students are welcome to join the course. However, students who have not participated in the Art & Technology: When Everybody is a Librarian the Library is Everywhere course, will follow the production work plan developed by the students in the previous course.

February 8th
February 22nd-23rd
March 1st-2nd
March 5th-12th
March 19th-27th

Note: The schedule reflects production working sessions and also exhibition running times. The course participants will develop the production schedule and individual assignments together and then work according to schedules suitable for each task.

First meeting for the course is on February 8th, in the 3rd floor MFA Hub
Meeting time from 10.30-12.30.

All other arranged meeting times are at 13.00.

Reading List
Anna-Sophie Springer, Melancholies of the Paginated Mind: The Library as Curatorial Space
Balázs Bodó, Libraries in the post-scarcity era
Lawrence Liang, Shadow Libraries
Alessandro Ludovico, The end of paper: can anything actually replace the printed page?
Alessandro Ludovico, Temporary and Distributed Libraries, breaking boundaries, creating new resources
Marcell Mars, Manar Zarroug and Tomislav Medak, Public library (an essay)
Walter Benjamin, Unpacking My Library
Michel Foucault, Fantasia of the Library
Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
George Perec, The Art and Manner of Arranging One’s Books
Shannon Mattern, Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

Alain Resnais, Toute la Mémoire du Monde
Fred Wilson, Mining the Museum
Aby Warburg, Denkraum
Lars von Trier, Melancholia
Alessandro Ludovico, The Temporary Library
The People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street
Asia Art Archive (AAA), Mobile Library
Cabinet Magazine, Cabinetlandia
Wafaa Bilal, One Hundred Sixty-Eight Hours and One Second
Kadar Attia, Continuum of Repair: The LIght of Jacob’s Ladder
Temporary Services, The Library Project
Andrew Norman Wilson, ScanOps
Krissy Wilson, The Art of Google Books
David Guez, Humanpédia
Marta Minujin, The Parthenon of Books
Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Library)
Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet, Library
Maria Eichhorn, Rose Valland Institute
Martha Rosler Library
Maru Calva, Biblioteca Aeromoto
Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell
Paul Purgas and Louis Moreno, Infrastructure of Feeling
Wendy’s Subway
Kenneth Goldsmith, Printing out the Internet
Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
Daniel García Andújar, Postcapital. Archive 1989–2001
Marcell Mars & Tomislav Medak, Public Library
Library Genesis
Sean Dockray,

Attendance and participation are mandatory. Students will be assessed by their presence, involvement in group work and contribution to the discussions. Students with limited attendance, or little contribution to the production and/or maintenance of the exhibition will not pass the course.

Target Group
This course is geared towards MFA and BFA students who are committed to following the entire course of the program.

Collaborative tools and platforms for the course
Dropbox- A shared Dropbox folder will be used as a shared online course repository for distributed readings, and other shared content.
Drop Box Paper ( - Will be used for curriculum updates, notes taken during sessions and group project planning.

Image: Jeremy Welsh

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

Contact form
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Tel. +47 73 59 79 00
Fax. +47 73 59 79 20