Library of Omissions and Inclusions

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  • Published chapter 'Library Underground', in Publishing as Artistic Practice, Annette Gilbert (ed.), Berlin/New York: Sternberg, 2016.
  • Video recording of 'Welcome to my ten', a performed reading of a revised version of the conversation between Eva Weinmayr and her Inner Voice, based on the published text 'Library Underground-a reading list for a coming community', Sternberg Press, 2016. With Eva Weinmayr as Eva Weinmayr and Rose Borthwick as Inner Voice. Filmed and edited by Camilla Topuntoli. Video 32 min, 2016
  • Library Underground and Library of Omissions and Inclusions at 'Utopia of Access', Pavilion for artistic research, Venice Biennale, 2017


Library of Omissions and Inclusions: The open call

Download Open Call English Swedish, Arabic
In order to receive contributions from a range of different cultural backgrounds and communities, the open call was published in Swedish, English and Arabic and distributed in community centres, libraries, universities, art spaces in and around Gothenburg (including suburbs such as Angered).

Library of Omissions and Inclusions: The index card catalogue

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The practice of this library challenges the concept of neutrality and universality in standard cataloguing systems. Instead of using the 'controlled vocabulary' and classifications of institutional libraries, the LIO asks contributors for a short written rationale, why this book is important to them and why they want to share it with others. Through this the emphasis shifts from trying to frame the actual content of the book in an arguably objective manner towards describing the readers' personal making of meaning and the publications agency for the reader. The short statements are printed on the LIO´s index cards thus serving as an entry point and framing device for the library users. This subjective catalogue approach can be understood as an experiment to connect people through their readings, discoveries, desires, struggles and hopes.

Library of Omissions and Inclusions: Temporary Reading Rooms installed in different contexts.

The platform 'Meaning Making Meaning' was a three-part project convened by Gabo Camnitzer and consisted of an exhibition, a series of workshops and the LOI´s reading room. In the exhibition and related workshops, 37 artists and educators responded to two questions: “How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?” (Felix Guattari, Chaosmosis) and its reformulation: “How do you bring a work of art to life as if it were a classroom?” [1]
  • Reading room at 'The Research Show', A-venue Gothenburg, April 2016
'The Research Show' was an informal work in progress exhibition from doctoral researchers based in the artistic faculty of the University of Gothenburg, where it was convened by Cora Hillebrand, Ram Krishna Ranjan, and Mick Wilson.[2]
  • Reading room at 'Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy?', Valand Academy, 12-14 Oct 2016
The Library of Omissions and Inclusions was installed during the three-day international mobilisation dealing with queer and feminist pedagogies. Participants of the event came from seven European countries. They were asked to bring material to add to the library. 'Let's Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy?' was organised by the Feminist Pedagogy working group at Valand Academy. [3] (see detailed project description below).
  • Reading room at 'Utopia of Access', Pavilion for Artistic Research, Venice Biennale, 11 May - 2 July 2017
Curators Jan Kaila (Uniarts Helsinki) and Henk Slager (Utrecht University) invited ten researchers from different Nordic doctoral programs to articulate new modes of artistic thinking regarding the notion of access. My approach to install a reading room in Venice was led by questions such as: Can a collectively owned resource be exhibited at an international art show such as the Venice Biennale? What are the underlying politics of 'exhibiting' a collectively owned resource, based in a local community in Sweden, in the context of such a worldwide show? Can I exhibit 1:1 scale photographic representation of the books on the shelves? How can I 'tell' about this practice? Can I exhibit its method as a proposal to create and sustain a non-normative knowledge commons? I presented a 1:1 scale photographic representation of the books on their shelves accompanied by a printed pamphlet discussing the politics of exhibition making as an act of taking rooted things out of original contexts and as a step of artistic co-option. (see text 'Dear Hannah')
  • Reading Room at AND Publishing Research Residency – 'Boxing and Unboxing', Marabouparken Konsthall, 21 April – 26 August 2018
A similar analysis was applied when selected publications from the Library of Omissions and Inclusion were installed at MarabouParken Konsthall in Stockholm in summer 2018. Playing with the pun 'Boxing and Unboxing', we planned to display cardboard boxes, shipped from London to Stockholm, containing materials we were working on at the time and to invite visitors to 'unbox' its contents,[4] In order to escape the limiting exhibition framing and to create a more conducive environment for this intended process of discovery, we decided to move out of the designated exhibition hall and to go 'backstage'. We negotiated with the institution to take over a spare room between the kitchen and the administrative offices on the first floor of MarabouParken Konsthall. The spatial proximity of the artists' Unboxing Room to the usually not accessible admin offices allowed us and the visitors to work in daylight and it made the else hidden work taking place in the offices visible to visitors.


  1. It included work by Alina Tenser, Andrea Phillips, Ann-Charlotte Glasberg Blomqvist, Annette Krauss, Anton Vidokle, Barnfilmskolan, Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Cara Tolmie and Kimberley O’Neill, Doa Aly, Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse (Smudge Studio), Emanuel Almborg, Eva Weinmayr, Felicity Allen, Gert Biesta and Carl Anders Säfström, Glenn Loughran, Harrell Fletcher, Henry Giroux, Irit Rogoff, Janna Graham, Jaroslav Andel, Jason E. Bowman, Jenny Richards, Jessica Hamlin, Jeuno JE Kim and Ewa Einhorn, Katrin Ingelstedt, Lisa Nyberg, Lovisa Gustafsson, Maj Hasager, Maria Acaso and Jordi Ferreiro, Monica Sand, Olav Westphalen, Olivia Plender, Pedro Lasch, Stephan Dillemuth, Stephen Duncombe, Sunshine Socialist Cinema, and Tyson E. Lewis.
  2. Participating artists were André Alves, Eva la Cour, Kerstin Hamilton, Annelies Vaneycken, Arne Kjell Vikhagen, and Eva Weinmayr.
  3. The core working group's members were Andreas Engman, Eva Weinmayr, Gabo Cammnitzer, Kanchan Burathoki, Mary Coble, and Rose Borthwick.
  4. for example The Piracy Project, Teaching for people who prefer not to teach, The Library of Omissions and Inclusions, Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy?, https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/3850 a selection of good and bad sports bras (D cup and upwards)], Keep It Complex, as well as our terms and conditions, emails and other miscellaneous items.