Reanimation Library @ TalCual, Mexico City

Posted on Thursday 29th August, 2013

reanimation library

The Reanimation Library is a small, independent presence library created by Andrew Beccone and open to the public. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of mainstream circulation and been acquired for their visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles, and given new life as resource material for artists, writers, and other cultural archeologists.

The Reanimation Library was established in order to
• build a collection of resources that inspire the production of new creative work
• pan for gold in the sediment of print culture
• draw attention to the visual and textual marvels in seemingly ordinary books
• encourage collaboration among human beings
• call attention to the generative potential of libraries
• contribute to our cultural commons and gift economy
• explore pathways between digital and analog worlds

Since 2006, the library has been situated in Brooklyn, NY and over the past few years, the library has opened several Branch Libraries, which are periodic, site-sourced, temporary manifestations of the library established in locations outside of Brooklyn. They are interactive, hybrid spaces that contain elements of libraries, galleries, and studio workspaces, without settling neatly into any of them. All of them take their names from the neighborhoods were they are located.

From August 31st until November 2nd, talcual gallery will host the first branch in Mexico, the “Colonia Juárez Branch”. Ten artists will be invited to produce work inspired by the Reanimation Library project: Gustavo Abascal, Iñaki Bonillas, Rodolfo Díaz Cervantes, Ricardo González, Sue Jeong Ka, Daniel Monroy, Emilia Sandoval, Enrique Santos, Arturo Soto and Katri Walker.

Based on the dynamics of the Colonia Juárez Branch, Alumnos47 Foundation will offer an educational program that will take place until the exhibition concludes.

“Colonia Juárez Branch” will open at talcual, Praga 27, Colonia Juárez on August 31st at 12:00 pm and will close on November 2nd.