This post was originally published July 30, 2013. 

Elastic City is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization that commissions emerging and established artists to create participatory walks throughout New York and around the world. These walks tend to focus less on providing factual information and more on heightening awareness, exploring senses and making new group rituals in dialogue with public space.

As part of its educational program, Elastic City now offers “ways”. “Ways” are experiential workshops that explicitly engage participants in *how* to generate poetic moments in public space through exercises, tools and techniques, whereas walks provide an opportunity to participate in a narrative series of poetic moments.

One of these upcoming “ways” is particularly engaging for those interested in the interplay of art, information, and public space. Here are the event details:

“Unbinding the Library” by Andrew Beccone
The event website:

Unbinding the Library will consider the physical, historical, and ecological relationships between the Reanimation Library and Gowanus—the neighborhood in which the library is situated. Starting at the Reanimation Library, participants will reproduce images from the library that correspond to one of the above categories and then, as a group, we will post these images at sites in the neighborhood that resonate with the categories and the individuals on the walk. Unbinding the Library will prompt the library—itself an imperfect attempt to codify, organize, and control information—to spontaneously release some of its contents into the more loosely structured organization of its immediate urban setting.

This way holds 6 people and is presented in partnership with the Reanimation Library.

Times Available:
Tue, Aug 6, 2013, 7:00pm
Tue, Aug 13, 2013, 7:00pm

Starting Point:
Please meet at 543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Duration: 2 hours

unbinding-book page

Learn more about Elastic City.

Read “The Library as Platypus: On the Dual Nature of the Reanimation Library,” an essay written for the Library as Incubator Project by Andrew Beccone.

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