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Libraries of the Future

Libraries of the Future

Place Georges-Pompidou, Paris, 75004, France

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About Project and event series by Mara Ambrozic within Museum On/Off, exploring the necessity of publications, reading, and curated spaces for thinking.
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Description Curated by Mara Ambrožič
The project and series of events organized under the title Libraries of the Future taking place in the former bookshop of the Centre Pompidou, now a library-store reenacting Meschac Gaba’s Museum of contemporary African art, turns its attention to the strong and reformative power of books, reviews and literature, as well as the necessity of reading and curated spaces for thinking. As argued by Jean Paul Sartre, the term engaged constitutes a stance where in the driving force of writing and reading is combined with the motivation for action. The selection of books and reviews is a preliminary list of engaged written contributions and publications that will be exhibited for free public consultation and reading.

The idea is to collect around 300 titles and construct a bibliography of engaged literature on art and contemporary culture, and in so doing, question how the potential library of the future should look. Through reading and discussion, we will try to focus on the understanding of the library and museum space. The Library of the Future will serve as a space to read and curate, collect and debate, but above all, to think.

Libraries of the Future / Bibliothèques à venir prend place, sous forme d’événements au sein de l’ancienne librairie du Centre Pompidou, transformée en libraire-boutique abritant le Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain de l’artiste béninois Meshac Gaba. Elle interroge le pouvoir réformateur des livres, des revues et de la littérature et pense la nécessité de lire ainsi que l’existence de lieux consacrés à la pensée. De cette attention naît une quête “d’avenir”, comprise ici comme un endroit où les idée son générées. Selon Jean Paul Sartre, le terme engagé renvoie à une situation ou la soif d’écrire et de lire s’allie à un désir d’agir. Livres, revues, bibliographies, etc. constituent une série de textes engagés et de publications à consulter librement, en lien avec les discussions programmées, et servent d’échantillons à

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