The danger is that it’s just talk. Then again, the danger is that it’s not. I believe you can speak things into existence. - Jay-Z, Decoded, 2010
The Serving Library is a long-term project conceived by Dexter Sinister with writer Angie Keefer. Founded on a consideration of how the role of the library has changed over time – from fixed archive through circulating collection to a point of distribution – the format has become an umbrella project for all of Dexter Sinister’s activities. It consists of: 1) an ambitious public website; 2) a small physical library space; and 3) a publishing program which runs through #1 and #2.
At Artists Space, The Serving Library constitutes a 1:1 model of the library space, conceived less as an active reading room, more as a mini-expo* that portrays how the institution will eventually appear and function. The physical library here comprises two collections, of books and artifacts, both drawn from ten years and twenty issues of Dexter Sinister’s house journal Dot Dot Dot. Each one of the artifacts served as original source material for an illustration accompanying an essay in an issue of the journal, and the bound books collate the most frequently cited works in Dot Dot Dot.
With the now defunct Dot Dot Dot as precedent, the online library, www.servinglibrary.org, distributes freely-downloadable “bulletins” – individual PDF essays and articles published in themed batches over six month periods and collected as a printed journal Bulletins of The Serving Library at the end of each season. The second issue of Bulletins will be published to accompany the Artists Space exhibition.
The Serving Library represents an itinerant set of parts assembled through processes of conceptual and economic exchange. Taking shape through projects at different host venues, the eventual manifestation of the Library will be as a non-profit organization with a fixed home in the US. The presentation of The Serving Library in temporary ‘expo’ form highlights this evolving project as a pooling of knowledge around the tools with which information and ideas are communicated.
* The Serving Library welcomes offers regarding its eventual fixed home.
This exhibition runs concurrently with "Identity" . For more information click here.
Conceived and produced by Dexter Sinister (Stuart Bailey and David Reinfurt) with Angie Keefer.
Supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and The Friends of Artists Space