Development: The Final Product – Pre-Assessment

In an attempt to humanize the library, Abi Perry, Zara Stobbs and I have chosen to document a whole day of conversation in the library using typewriters to produce the completed publication. To be able to certify a whole day, it would make sense that we endure 24 hours of performance starting from Friday 3rd May at 12:00AM and finish at 12:00AM on Saturday 4th May leaving 30 minutes beforehand from 23:30PM to bind the document together. Since the library opened as a library around the 1920s, we feel that it is appropriate to dress in a style of the ‘1920s secretary’ which include long black skirts, black tights, black shoes, a white long sleeved blouse and a black neck scarf/ribbon. We will then use the scarf to bind the book together which will ultimately embrace our identity too. Our make-up will be minimal and our hair will be gripped tightly with hair pins. We have chosen to be situated on the first floor at the desk on the right as soon as you enter as it will be easily seen, is quite separated from the rest of the library but not so much that no-one will fail to notice us.

The title of our project is called ‘Babel: Lost Words’ plainly because the words spoken within the library are never documented and therefore never found once they have been said. We have chosen to use typewriters to reflect the era of when the library was first opened. They also create beautiful sounds when in use and will impact a quiet space like the library. In addition, it produces a neat document and looks lovely once completed. We are using audio cans to communicate the conversation that is heard from the explorer to the typists who will type as instantly as they hear. We have decided to use a typewriter with one typist sat, one explorer who will walk the library for conversation while the final person rests. This will be rotated every hour so that everyone gets a chance in experiencing every aspect of the performance and things will not get too tedious which should keep our energy levels up. At the end of the process the booklet which we will have tied together will be then left in the library in the History section to show that we have made new history within the Library. We also plan to place a video camera on the desk watching the typists throughout the performance which will capture the changes between people and their tasks. Sometime after the performance we will edit the video recording by quickening it up and having it as our creative document of what we have succeeded.

While we document the library’s conversation, there will be an audio recording downstairs in the foyer of the library of a beating heart that signifies the living library. This will begin at the 12th hour and then the final performance aspect will be a projection of the human heart made up anatomical and emotional words (that build a person) on the front of the library which will begin at the 20th hour. By starting the three various aspects at different times we want to show the library coming to life section by section. By starting from the inside and working our way out, we are developing its living process therefore near to the end of the 24 hours we will have, even if it is just for an hour or so, a complete living library.

Posted: April 2nd, 2013
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