Friday, 15 April 2011

no furniture so charming


Thu 21 Apr

No Furniture So Charming

Philip Jones, Nora Daly, Chris Meade, Charles Holland, Jon Stone & Kirsty Irving, Peter Law, Dan Thompson, Trenton Oldfield, Tom Armitage, Nicky Kirk, Rachel Coldicutt, Ruth Beale, Stef Lewandowski & more
hosted by Travis Elborough
Bethnal Green Library | 7pm | £5 adv/£7 door
A night devoted to the architecture of knowledge and the future of book-borrowing. Much more than just bricks and mortar, the public lending library has long been considered the cornerstone of an educated and literate population, but what lies ahead for the future?
Borrowing its title from Sidney Smith’s description of books, No Furniture So Charming gathers artists, writers, creatives, technologists and architects to present their vision for the library of the future. Be it a personal utopia, a visionary work of science fiction, a digital or practical re-imagining of user centred design or a call to action.
A crack panel of hardback, paperback and e-book judges will discuss and debate the merits of each idea as they pay homage to a revered space in times of change.
THE PANEL
  • Nora Daly (British Library)
  • Charles Holland (FAT Architecture)
  • Chris Meade (if:book)
  • Phillip Jones (The Bookseller & co-founder of FutureBook)
THE PRESENTERS
  • Tom Armitage (Game designer and Technologist)
  • Kirsten Campbell (Writer and Educational games designer)
  • Rachel Coldicutt (Creative Producer)
  • Ruth Beale (Artist & Pamphlet Librarian)
  • Nicky Kirk (Architect, Amenity Space)
  • Peter Law (Reader of books and Digital producer)
  • Stef Lewandowski (Co-founder of Aframe, Clore Fellow)
  • Trenton Oldfield (Coordinator, This Is Not A Gateway)
  • Jon Stone & Kirsty Irving (Sidekick Books/Fuselit)
  • Dan Thompson (Empty Shops Network)
Hosted by Travis Elborough
Travis Elborough is the author of The Bus We Loved: London’s Affair With the Routemaster, The Long-Player Goodbye: The Album From vinyl To iPodAnd Back Again and Wish You Were Here – England on Sea. He reviews for The Guardian, and has contributed to New StatesmanThe Sunday TimesZembla and The Oldie.
Co-curated by Katy Beale

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