Franklin Furnace News & Events
Franklin Furnace announces the recipients of the 2014-15 Fund award!
Beatrice Glow’s FLOATING LIBRARY
September 6 – October 3, 2014
Open Wed-Sun, hours vary
Lilac Museum Steamship
Hudson River Park’s Pier 25
New York, NY
The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow and brings together over 70 participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming. The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, and Leading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.
During this action-packed month, there is free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.
Through collective placemaking, the Floating Library intends to recodify how we occupy public spaces by bringing activities that are typically confined within privileged institutional walls— such as reading, writing, researching, questioning and debating—to open space.
For further information: www.floatinglibrary.org