The Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art

Concept and co-curator: Alessandro Ludovico
Curators: Zane Cerpina / Stahl Stenslie
Produced by TEKS

The Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art represents the most comprehensive knowledge and documentation of media arts in Norway, in terms of history, artistic activities, artists, and developments in the field.

The edition is a collection of printed publications covering the Norwegian Media art field, and is produced for the Meta.Morf – The 5th Trondheim Biennale for Art and Technology in 2018. At the end of the Biennale, the collection will be donated to the library of Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. It will be available to be temporary lent as a whole, under specified conditions.

The project aims at strengthening the media art field’s presence in the broader art scene in Norway. The intent is also to contribute to the future development of the media art field in Norway, through providing a solid basis of the field’s history and collected knowledge in one, complete archive. The project further encourages a growth in media arts publications in Norway, which is necessary not only to provide an overview of the historical importance of media arts in Norwegian culture, but also to ensure an ongoing development of the field in the future.

The Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art has collected 100+ printed publications. These are all important documents and references to the media art field’s development and presence in Norway. The research has not only to gathered well-known works, but also uncovered what Alessandro Ludovico defines as “sleeping knowledge”: publications that have been published only in few copies, and in several cases forgotten in some storage.

The Temporary Library of Norwegian Media Art is curated by Alessandro Ludovico in collaboration with Stahl Stenslie (NO) and Zane Cerpina (NO/LV). It is produced and financed by TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre.

About The Temporary Library project
The Temporary Library project breaks out of the classic boundaries of libraries. It intends to bring publications in places where they’re not necessarily known, expanding and redefining the public role of libraries in a contemporary sense.
The Temporary Library project is an initiative by Alessandro Ludovico and each edition has a particular focus. The three previous editions are: The Temporary Library for Transmediale, 2017 (Berlin, Germany), The Temporary Library of Latin American Media Art for ISEA, 2017 (Manizales, Colombia) and The Temporary Library of Portuguese Media Art for xCoAx, 2017 (Lisbon, Portugal).