We are invited to realize our project The Pacifist Library for an exhibition at Flux Factory this September. We need your help! The money we raise will be used to purchase the book collection, to build the structure of the library and to get the library up and moving around NYC.
What is The Pacifist Library?
A nomadic pacifist library constructed from discarded and
recycled materials. It will be a comfortable place, a lounge for reading and
meeting and exchanging radical ideas. The mobile structure will work its way
around New York City and offer a peaceful refuge for the dissemination of
pacifist ideas. The structure will be built with transportability and economy
in mind. The interior will be made
of lightweight reclaimed wood and the furniture will be made of simple modular
designs. The books that will make up the pacifist library will
come either from donations (from you!) or from self-printing of important texts.
For some time now our artistic research has concentrated on
intentional communities, primarily the individual’s desire for community, and
how this is expressed and defines an imaginary for alternative lifestyles. We utilize low-tech interventionist
techniques that include the constructions of shacks and the dissemination of
posters and surveys as a way to practice aesthetics of hope.
Making Bread in Bologna, 2009
The Love Shack, 2009
New Natives, 2009-2011
Within our wider research on intentional
communities, we came across the figure of Toma Sik, a
Hungarian-Israeli Anarcho-pacifist, Utopian, Anti-zionist activist, Vegan,
World-citizen, and Esperantist. We conducted interviews with many of his friends. In
one interview with Uri Davis, Sik’s fellow anti-war activist, he described the
Tel Aviv apartment of Sik as being a central meeting point for activists and
radicals in Israel and also a huge collection of trash “Toma’s flat was packed
both at the level of principle commitment to recycling and at the level of
living as poorly as possible in the Gandhian sense of the term” reflecting
Sik’s lifelong commitment to asceticism and reusing and recycling post consumer
The image of a meeting point for radical ideas that is also a
big pile of trash is our inspiration, putting into practice Sik’s ideal in the
integration of pacifism with reuse/recycle.
REUSE = PACIFISM
The Pacifist Library is a
social art project, and as such relies on the active involvement and
participation of diverse communities.
Following the nonviolent resistance movements of the Arab spring and the
Occupy movements, discussions of the potential of social change are vibrantly
active across a large spectrum of communities. The library will travel across NYC and stop in various
communities, at each stop the library will be open to an active dialogue,
through inviting passers-by and through organizing events with residents from
The $5500 that we are asking for are to buy the starting collection of the library, to print and bind texts that are not available in book form, and to build the library structure (and to cover the kickstarter and amazon fees). We are basing our budget estimate on a starting collection of 200 books at an average price of $15 a book, that's $3000 for the books, though we will make every effort to find the books used and at the cheapest rate possible. You can check out our growing bibliography here. The cost of delivering the books to us at Flux is another $500 (average of $3 a book), printing costs $1000, materials $500 (most of the materials will be recycled/reclaimed, but some essentials we will have to purchase).
We will be in New York in August to start work on the Pacifist LIbrary, we will mail the rewards out at that point so that we can save on international shipping. If you are based in Europe, expect your reward earlier.
If you pledged $15 or more, we'd like to add your name as a donor on the inside of a book. If you'd like to pick the book where your name will go, then check out the bibliography and let us know your choice (on a first come first serve) otherwise, we will choose in which book to put your name.
Here are what some of the rewards look like:
Embroidered ritual rug
Embroidered wall hanging