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May 22 2013

The Library of Unborrowed Books

by Jesse M

The Library of Unborrowed Books

The Library of Unborrowed Books, a project by Stockholm-based artist Meri?lg??ingborg, displays hundreds of books that have never been borrowed from the Center for Fiction’s library, calling into question what subjects in any contemporary moment have ?urrency’ or desirability, and bringing attention to topics and stories that have been temporarily overlooked.

The concept made its debut in 2012 at the Stockholm Public Library in Sweden, where it aroused great public and critical interest. For the project’s second iteration, Meri?lg??ingborg will make selections of unborrowed books from the Center for Fiction. These books will then go on institutional loan to Art in General for the public to access.

The artist explains:

“This work…comprises books from a selected library that have never been borrowed. The framework…hints at what has been disregarded, knowledge essentially unconsumed, and puts on display what has eluded us.

For more information and photos, follow this link to Art in General’s exhibition page on the installation.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

JT May 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Man it would be depressing to be an author and see your book there.

AB May 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

DCPL should do this. Every few years, put all the books that haven’t been checked out for, say 3 years, and put them on a special shelf with a neon sign that says UNBORROWED. That’d get them moving!

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