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The Ends of the Library

A new series of exhibits at the Goethe Institute in New York City called “The End(s) of the Library.” David Horvitz will be producing an exhibit on the problems of DRM called “How can a digital be gift?” and Julieta Aranda, Fia Backström, and R. Lyon will be exploring “the way that digital repositories structure, mediate and produce knowledge in parallel to analog processes.”

It looks like a timely reflection on the library’s place as a space of translation, between media and between people and media. As the exhibition organizers write:

With the rise of digital distribution, experience-driven information providers, and evolving notions of the public sphere, libraries face new questions about their identities. Rather than idealize the library in crisis by offering a nostalgic look at its past or recuperative speculation about its future, the invited artists propose a number of divergent positions from within the library, showing it to be a site of infinite invention.