'Public School' Pop Up Library @ Hyde Park Art Center
Read/Write Library's next Pop Up Library opens February 26th 3-5pm in conjunction with Hyde Park Art Center's latest exhibition 'Public School,' running through June 25th. This Pop Up Library is a platform for 'Public School' visitors to assemble and construct the knowledge, reference material and resources that they believe an informed and creative city requires — instead of a read-only library, this library is rewritable. Throughout the exhibition, Read/Write will be offering hands-on community information science workshops to facilitate discussion and the generation of questions, sources and documentation, as well as hosting a Q & A card catalog for visitors to check out and answer each others' questions through grassroots research strategies.
For 'Public School' Jim Duignan, of the Stockyard Institute, works collaboratively with artist and educator Rachel Harper, of Seen + Heard to create a imagination-inducing installation of curious objects - including a fort, a stage, a tower, a piano, and a decommissioned school bus - to construct a new playground for all ages. At a moment when the Public Education System struggles to exist, Chicago artists ask: where is learning actually happening in this city and who gets to determine what we should know?
Read/Write Library Workshops in Conjunction with Public School
All workshops free and open to the public, recommended for ages 12-adult
In this 45 minute workshop, participants will discuss the role of libraries and other institutional keepers of knowledge and explore simple approaches to transferring that authority to their own communities by challenging and adding to the record. We will generate questions about Chicago, neighborhoods, schools, or whatever line of local inquiry participants choose, and work together to compile potential sources. Participants can either take their questions with them to do their own research, or leave their questions in the Q & A card exchange for others to check out and research.
In this 45 minute workshop/show and tell, participants who have previously participated in Workshop #1 or who have checked out a Q & A card to research can share their findings with one another and anyone who wants to attend as an audience member. This may take the form of storytelling, a live interview with a source, the reading of a publication, playing of music, or sharing a video or an object. At the end of Public School, we'll be hosting an evening storytelling event where participants from all workshops can share what they found with the public. Use this workshop as time to share with others and get feedback. Participants who have not attended Workshop #1 can generate their own questions with the help of those who have.
Each 45 minute workshop and discussion will feature different guest writers, journalists, musicians, radio producers, documentarians, librarians and more talking about how their work and that of others in their field informs the historical record and how culture is documented. This workshop asks us to consider who gets to create the record, what forms the record should take, and why do we value some forms of the record over others? Participants will also have an opportunity to record their findings via audio for broadcast over the Public School radio or on paper for inclusion in a zine to be added to the Read/Write Library collection, or document in another format of their choosing to share.
Learn more about Public School at Hyde Park Art Center