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Lost Library

What happens when text is transformed into movement?

Bringing the figures associated with library use in the UK to life through a performance-installation.

Using figures obtained from CIPFA, we’ll be mixing up visual signals from financial trading floors with actual library-use statistics.

Format: A one day public performance echoing the format of a 1970’s stock exchange by using a hexagonal noticeboard with figures on library use being manually updated by performers in suits, with the audience joining in as desired. The journey of the figures to the boards is the open to interpretation by each participant, the key quality is haste in updating the boards.

The performance will be an experiment to fully update the boards with the library use data, creating a buzz of activity.

Interested? Email to submit. Deadline Monday 27 March 2017.

Curated by Catherine Wynne-Paton.



This piece moves on from the Eisteddfod performance (see video link in earlier post) – with that piece I had many different things going on at once.

Elements of the Lost Library performance at the Eisteddfod last year are developing on into their own entities. 

Giving away seedlings (brought into the previous piece to represent an element of what libraries can enable) mentioned within a book is one of them, as a standalone engaged piece on exchange because I found that after the Eisteddfod I had a surplus of seedlings and gave them away to my neighbours.

I met people who lived only a stone’s throw from me who I’ve never met to speak to before.  I found that this kind of ‘cold-calling’ in giving something rather than asking for support, religion or business was rather interesting. 

Some people wanted to donate to the project (I didn’t ask for anything, they were curious), others offered me something they’d made in return.

I only called on about a dozen houses.  I’m curious to see what might happen if I could do this on a wider scale. 

A local gardening group now have my tomato, little gem and zinnia seeds and they’ll plant some in their polytunnels if I’m really lucky!


Lost Library?

Statistics of library use around the UK were going to be the material for this performance, yet after sounding out possibilities for this performance and visualizing, it turned out to be not such a compelling idea for a performance. 

The participants own movement becoming more vital to the whole thing than the movement of numbers.  The ideas around my practice are leaning towards a physical response to the surface (texture) of the land and of text. 

Viv Barraclough responded to the call out and we’ve had extended conversation about the project recently and worked our way through several scenarios.  Including one involving a giant abacus! 

The most compelling idea yet involves a group of participants (us!) starting and finishing at the library, the body of the performance exploring Bath and responding through movement to the textures and people encountered. 

My aim is for it the piece to be responsive to the environment and people around.

With visits into the library throughout the performance day (trying to get to speak with Head Librarian!)

A transparent bag carried our backs containing book loaned from the library is a possibility.


Lost Library video 2016