Oct 30 – Nov 23, 2014


Date: Oct 30, 2014, 00:00 Uhr

Duration: Oct 30 – Nov 23, 2014

Location: Akademie Schloss Solitude

Location: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Exhibition / Laboratory / ‘Scandromat’
October 30 – November 23, 2014
Württembergischer Kunstverein/ Querungen

October 30 – November 1, 2014                       November 2, 2014
Württembergischer Kunstverein                        Akademie Schloss Solitude

From October 30 – November 30, 2014, the Württembergischer Kunstverein and Akademie Schloss Solitude, both in Stuttgart, are carrying out the project Public Library. Rethinking the Infrastructures of Knowledge Production, which consists of an exhibition, an open laboratory, and a »scandromat« at the Kunstverein’s platform Querungen (Traversals). Also, a conference will be held from October 30 to November 2, 2014 at the Kunstverein and Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The project, initiated by the free software advocate, cultural explorer, and social instigator Marcell Mars, who was a fellow in the art, science & business program at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2013, reflects and discusses today’s conditions of knowledge production: from the capitalist-neoliberal impact on education and its regulation, commodification, exploitation, and monopolization of knowledge, to alternative, critical, open –  and, in some cases, more and more criminalized – ways of learning and sharing knowledge.

Mars’ ongoing Public Library envisions a constantly growing, decentralized network of digital libraries based on the open source library application Calibre and the plug-in »Let’s Share Books.«The latter was designed by Mars to connect and share Calibre libraries via the Internet.

Influences on this project range from open archives such as Ubu Web, Monoskop, Aaaaarg.org, or Library Genesis, to anarchistic pirate structures, to alternative educational projects like The Public School. The impact of these heterogeneous and controversial models of appropriating, sharing, »stealing«, and/or »borrowing« knowledge will also be discussed, as the conference explores networks which neither accept the increasingly strict regulations of the official infrastructures and systems of education, nor the new monopoles of knowledge, nor even the regulations of »common properties« or »creative commons«.

Additionally, the role of institutions in this particular context will be debated, as we question how state-managed or independent institutions can act as protectors of the freedom of art, research, education, activism, etc. while taking into consideration legal ramifications and the responsibility to providing access to education and knowledge.

Participants: Daniel García Andújar / Dušan Barok / Vuk Ćosić / Hans D. Christ / Sean Dockray / Iris Dressler / Jan Gerber / Herbordt/Mohren / Henrik Hillenbrand / Oliver Kraft / Björn Kühn / Anna Romanenko / Olia Lialina / Sebastian Lütgert / Marcell Mars / Tomislav Medak / Irit Rogoff / Simon Sheikh / Femke Snelting / Cornelia Sollfrank / Felix Stalder

A project in conjunction with the program art, science & business.

Please find the detailed program here.

Registration conference (free entry): assistenz@wkv-stuttgart.de

A project by
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
In collaboration with
Akademie Schloss Solitude
Marcell Mars

Supported by
Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg
Innovationsfonds Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg


Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Iris Dressler
Schlossplatz 2
70173 Stuttgart
Fon: +49 (0)711 22 33 711

Akademie Schloss Solitude
Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff
Solitude 3
70197 Stuttgart
Fon: +49 (0)711 996 19 135