As part of A Published Event's 3-week long performance library (Sep 7 – 30) in the Long Gallery, at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, The People’s Library is hosting three Readers in Residence, each to immerse themselves in the holdings of The People’s Library. The Readers in Residence will play a critical role in ‘digesting’ The People’s Library, drawing on the model of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, where celebrated scholars were invited to research the library’s holdings and in return for the months they stayed at the library, were asked in return was to create a ‘digest’. This digest then became the library to which others were given access, as most people were not given access to the original texts as the scholars were. It was perhaps the first artists’ residency.
3-ply has been invited as one of the Readers in Residence, and to share the experience through a public platform/ forum/ discussion/ activation at the Gallery or surrounds.
From the many pamphlets, catalogue cards and other narratives contributed to the 3-week long event, A Published Event will produce a Digest, an iterative and generative exhibition catalogue. The Digest will gather, assemble and hold together a set of social relations created by the occasion of The People’s Library; a mutating knowledge through many voices and actions might come to speak in a productive, contested, political space – always in the making.