A conceptual art project involving 100 librarians, 100 bicycles, 400 miles, and you.
"We are committed, at least with some part of our mind, to what really is an alternative to the hide-bound traditions of the library profession. Our view can best be characterized as representing disjunctive librarianship. We find the library world, like the real world, is impossible to understand on a rational basis. We turn then to the outer reaches of our mind and treat librarianship with the irrationality that it deserves." -Archives of Library Research from The Molesworth Institute
"In a world swimming in a sea of information, I would like to draw attention to the swimming attire. The structure of one's thoughts may be drastically altered by a mismatched bikini." -me
Librarianship is a science. I have spent the past six years using art as a means of scientific intervention in public knowledge economies. In May, 2011, I will bike from Copenhagen to Berlin in a group of 100 librarians from around the world, in the first ever library conference on wheels. I am representing the Molesworth Institute, and hand painting my cycling apparel which will be exhibited in a solo show on Information Technology at the Palo Alto Research Center in January, 2012.
I need to raise at least a $1.50 per mile for the project to be possible. Your donations are very much appreciated; all funds raised will go directly toward the purchasing of materials, acquiring a bicycle in Copenhagen, transportation, presentation, and the publication of an exhibition catalog. I have started a bike blog which I will be updating throughout the trip, and you can view more of my artwork here. If you live in or around Køge, Præstø, Stubbekøbing, Nykøbing, Rostock, Güstrow, Waren, or Fürstenberg, please wave when we come careening through town! You can view the route and timetable here.
Yours in art,
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2 Miles: I will raise my glass to you after I cross the finish line in Berlin and shout your name in a German bar
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4 Miles: I will call you up and sing you Richard Stallman's Free Software Song. (If that sounds like a threat to you, I will sing it to myself with you in mind)
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8 Miles: a song and/or postcard from the finish line in Berlin (your choice)
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20 Miles: a song and/or postcard from the finish line, and an item of librariana from the Molesworth Institute collection
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40 Miles: a song and/or postcard, and a Molesworth Institute T-Shirt with the motto on the back: "The library world, like the real world, is impossible to understand on a rational basis."
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80 Miles: a song and/or postcard from the finish line, a Molesworth Institute T-Shirt, and a hardcover copy of "Archives of Library Research from the Molesworth Institute" by Norman Stevens and Peter Gellatly
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140 Miles: a song and/or postcard from the finish line, a Molesworth Institute T-Shirt, and a signed copy of the Palo Alto Research Center exhibition catalog
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350 miles: a song and/or postcard from the finish line, a Molesworth Institute T-Shirt, a hardcover copy of "Archives of Library Research from the Molesworth Institute," a signed copy of the Palo Alto Research Center exhibition catalog, and a personal walkthrough of the exhibition.
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