Ad-hoc Library, A Manual
Ordinarily, we believe that knowledge is very near to us, sometimes we think knowledge is attainable and stable. Or we walk near it but don’t realise its movement and reflection. It is a kind of movement and a journey. It is personal but collective. It is boundless. It is emotional. In some cases it is a total, unstoppable experience. It exists and moves trans-locally. It is a representation. It is not presentable. Makes you feel alone as a singularity. Makes you feel near to something. Makes you feel like the Other. It is filled with space and love. You feel you are near even if it is always far away.
The mobile archive presents our trans-local production of knowledge. Realities, objects, ideas, fly in the air that you can catch and reproduce. The Ad-hoc library intends to be part of the swarm intelligence of the city: it moves, expanding knowledge wherever it is taken, but never alone. Always with people.
1- Work together with more people: the designer of the device, the content curators, the authors, the readers.
2- Select the kind of contents, books, fanzines you want to share.
3- Select a topic, share it, discuss it, listen what people want to read.
4- Think on which places, which public spaces to take it.
5- Ask citizens to participate, to take out the chairs and start reading.
6- From time to time, make a book-club, a speaker’s corner, an activity helpful to spread knowledge.
7- Simply enjoy.
Pelin Tan, Ethel Baraona Pohl.
The Ad-hoc library is the theoretical corpse of the Adhocracy exhibition.
Curated by Pelin Tan, Ethel Baraona Pohl.
This text has been published on The New City Reader 08 [Architecture]: “Adhocracy Architecture, An Obituary. Free Designs to Take Action in the Streets of Istanbul”. Guest edited by Fake Industries Architectural Agonism for the Istanbul Design Biennial.