September 27: The Places of Knowledge

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We’ll recap our previous field trips and discuss those sites in relation to (1) other behind-the-scenes logistical landscapes of information; and (2) other public collections that represent alternative approaches to organization and presentation. 

READINGS/SCREENINGS

  • Shannon Mattern, “Middlewhere: Landscapes of Library Logistics,” Urban Omnibus (June 24, 2015).
  • Metalab, Cold Storage (2015) – or watch on Vimeo [24:10].
  • Arthur Ou, The Invisible Photograph, “Underground: The Corbis Image Vault” (2014) [16:50 — the first 3/4 (up through 11:45) is most relevant to our discussion today, but you’re encouraged to watch through the end. …And in a few weeks, for our lesson on film archives, we’ll read about the Library of Congress’s film preservation facilities, which reside in an old Cold War bunker in the Blue Ridge Mountains].

The Warburg Library

The Prelinger Library

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IN-CLASS SCREENINGS (no need to watch these in advance)

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Recommended Event: Orhan Pamuk in
Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni
re: “The Keeper
@ The New Museum, Thursday, October 29 @ 7pm
(sadly, I’ll be out of town!)

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

Shannon Mattern, “Learning from the Library (Without Cracking a Book,” Public Lecture, Smith College, April 1,6, 2015; Craig Shank & George Drake, Jr., Everything Sounds 25: “Packard Campus” (May 23, 2013) [28:10]; Underground Vaults & Storage.

PRELINGER: Melanie Feinberg, “Classificationist as Author: The Case of the Prelinger Library” [unpublished manuscript]; Megan Shaw Prelinger, “On the Organization of the Prelinger Library”; Megan Shaw Prelinger, “To Build a LibraryBad Subjects 73 (April 2005); Marie L. Radford, Jessica Lingel & Gary R. Radford, “Alternative Libraries as Heterotopias: Challenging Conventional Constructs” Paper presented at Library Research Seminar V, University of Maryland, College Park, October 6-9, 2010.

WARBURG: Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas,” Frieze 80 (January-February 2004; Giorgio Agamben, “Aby Warburg and the Nameless Science” In Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy, Ed. & Trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000); Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, “On the Warburg Humanities Library,” Trans. Mark Walz, In Building for Books: Traditions and Visions, Eds. Susanne Bieri & Walther Fuchs (Boston: Birkhäuser, 2001): 253-267; Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, “Gerhard Richter’s ‘Atlas’: The Anomic Archive,” October 88 (Spring 1999): 117-45; Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, “Gerhard Richter’s Atlas: The Anomic Archive” In Charles Merewether, Ed., The Archive: Documents in Contemporary Art (MIT Press 2006): 85-102; Common Knowledge 18:1 (Winter 2012): Warburg Special Issue; E. H. Gombrich, “Warburg: A Historical Witness” In Ingrid Schaffner & Matthias Winzen, Eds., Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing, and Archiving in Art (New York: Prestel, 1998); Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, “Gerhard Richter’s Atlas: The Anomic Archive” In The Archive: Documents in Contemporary Art, Ed. Charles Merewether (MIT Press 2006): 85-102; Common Knowledge 18:1 (Winter 2012): Warburg Special Issue; E. H. Gombrich, “Warburg: A Historical Witness” In Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing, and Archiving in Art, Eds. Ingrid Schaffner & Matthias Winzen (New York: Prestel, 1998); Ernst Gombrich, “The Warburg Institute: A Personal MemoirThe Gombrich Archive; Adam Gopnick, “In the Memory Ward,” New Yorker (March 16, 2015); Geraldine Juárez, Intercolonial Technogalactic (2015) [on the Google Cultural Institute]; Jack Grove, “New Warburg Institute Director Outlines Plan to Stop ‘Slide into Obscurity,” Times Higher Education (October 15, 2015); Philippe-Alain Michaud, “Hamburg: The Art History Scene” In Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion, Trans. Sophie Hawkes (New York: Zone Books, 2007): 229-46; Fritz Saxl, “The History of Warburg’s Library” in E. Gombrich, Aby Warburg: An Intellectual Biography (London: Warburg Institute, University of London, 1980).

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