I have been working on a library intervention at Leeds College of Art throughout February and March.
When researching in a library, there is usually some concept or theme I am chasing. Books are generally selected from computer searches, recommendations or a bibliography. However once the reading begins my attention is often distracted by the things I find left between the pages. I spend time wondering about the positioning of found bookmarks. I try to figure out the scrawled handwriting in the margin; based on the feeling that, if something was important enough to write in the book, it must be a gem of insight.
For my intervention at Leeds College of Art Library, I have allowed myself the freedom to devote time to following these distractions, in order to find a more speculative and spontaneous path through the books in the library. I have spent time in the two libraries at the Vernon and Blenheim sites, following the trails left by others through various books.
The event is free but ticketed by Evenbrite - click here to come along