Talk & Discussion
November 5, 2014, 7pm
The current Artists Space exhibition The Library Vaccine includes a section focused on the illicit collaborative actions of mid-century British writers Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton. Beginning in 1959 for a period of three years, Halliwell and Orton removed books from the shelves of their local library in Islington, North London, collaging their covers and adding sections of text before covertly returning them to the shelves. These actions eventually led to their six-month imprisonment on the grounds of “malicious damage.” Halliwell and Orton’s relationship ended tragically in 1967, with Halliwell murdering his partner before taking his own life.