Dear Impossible Library Allies & Resident Applicants,

Thank you for responding to our call! We know how much work goes into applications and thank you for your time and effort.

We were humbled by the 187 applications from across the globe from North, East, South, West. Applicants ranged from students, newcomers and established professionals, artist organizations, and collectives across disciplines from design, academia, music, art (Media, Fine Arts, Performance, Performing Arts), urbanism, publishing, activism, art education, and curation. The proposals for artist books, zines, novels, maps, sorting, storytelling, memory, ceramics, collages, and urban city infrastructure were vast. The amount of international zine archiving projects is empowering.

This was a tough decision but after portfolio reviews and three juried meetings by the Impossible Library Team we are pleased to announce:

The Impossible Library Residents, exhibiting the strongest portfolio, proposal, and concept relating specifically to the Impossible Library stacks and Indiecon 2020, and with an interest in active team-work with the Impossible Library ideas and people is:

Residency 1

August 23rd - September 6th, 2020

Polly Focket, courtesy LOULOU JOÃO

LOULOU JOÃO an Afrobelgian 3D illustrator and animator. She attempts to shine light on the narration and representation of Black and PoC womyn* through the character POLLY FOCKET. By making use of 3D Software (Blender), she visualizes her own reality. A digital world that consists of candy-coated, squishy, plastic objects. Within this reality, she is able to focus on the expression of her own true self without any constructs weighing her down. She creates her own safe space to reflect on the struggle she faces in the physical world. During the residency, POLLY FOCKET will roam through the Impossible Library’s publications, analyzing how they relate and represent her as a digital entity and female belonging to the African Diaspora. She will use the tools in the library to rewrite her own story, searching for ways how she can claim her spot in time and place. This research will result in artistic works.

Residency 2

March 2nd - 16th, 2021

Memory, Untitled (2017), courtesy Aron Rossman-Kiss

ARON ROSSMAN-KISS a Hungarian-American visual artist with a background in the social sciences. His practice focuses on issues related to the intersection between collective and private memories, new readings of art history, and migration. Using a variety of media and often based on fieldwork and collaboration. The work he proposes for the Impossible Library explores the link between methods of library classification and surveillance. Starting from a historical overview of the theme, he will work collaboratively on the Impossible Library inventory and sketch how alternative methods of classification can be (re)imagined in a data-driven age. In the process, he will seek to explore how to devise methods of classification that could resist re-purposing as tools of control.

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