“The Library is Open” is a publication that documents a collection of workshops that make the operations within libraries visible and reflect on the legal barriers of making things public. The publication registers the workshops: “Marginal Conversations”, “Knowledge in Action” and “Blurry Boundaries” and reflect about the legal aspect of publications in interviews with Marcell Mars, Dubravka Sekulic and Dusan Barok. It is a participatory event developed by the Piet Zwart Institute’s Experimental Publishing program as part of a research project Special Issue #9: Interfacing the Law in partnership with Constant. Interfacing the Law is a recurring thematic project which looks at how publishing practices develop in accordance, or in dissonance with legal frameworks.
Marginal Conversations is a workshop developed by Simon Browne, Paloma García and Artemis Gryllaki which explores collective reading, annotating and performing texts. We read, and write notes in the margins; usually in private, isolated from other readers. We come across texts with others’ notes on them; the author unknown, their thoughts obscure. What happens when we share our notes, vocalise and perform them?
In this workshop, participants read, annotate and discuss the open letter “In Solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub”. We compare annotations to detect common areas of interest and to also explore different methods, where readers can develop codes and techniques to extend the content of the source and express their personal understanding of it. The first edition of this workshop took place in Leeszaal Rotterdam in 2019.