Between and beside on-screen reading, books maintain unique times and spaces. Not only are they the keys to many not-yet-digitised histories and still oftentimes the only path to deeper knowledge niches. And not only do they unfold thicker, more direct and porous spaces than digital documents in witnessing to occasion and historical era. Beyond ‘content’ and object, as books need hands to be transferred, they hand us to the dialects, neighbourhoods and wafts of washing agents in which we host and can misunderstand each other.
Welcome to the spatial library, a bookless heavy catalog for hardcopies and people invested in the organisation of cohabitation.
The spatial library is a jointly curated, emergent catalog for printed publications owned, held and exchanged by its members. Its structure seeks to promote the gathering of people and ideas around anticolonial and postdisciplinary interests in transmaterial spatial ecologies and their coindividuation through technical, social and economic processes. The library embraces a wide scope of engaged inquiries across, between and beyond the domains of media, social, urban and economic studies, curating, artistic and design practice, philosophy, game research, agriculture, biology or publishing.
The spatial library works in Helsinki, Finland. It may irregularly organise public events in reflection of its catalog and purpose.