Alessandro Ludovico

Temporary and Distributed Libraries, instigating archive dynamism [Keynote]

29.05. [18 Uhr]

The central role of the library as a central cultural system is transforming into a still undefined new type of cultural body influenced by the spontaneous creation of different types of DIY libraries interconnecting at some point (or not) to the centralised library system. Libraries should evolve from their historical and ‘monumental’ role, which delivers socially relevant services, into an extended, networked and shared infrastructure of knowledge, rivalling the online type of ‘instant’ knowledge in facilitating social and cultural exchange, including the acknowledgement of the so-called ‘custodians’. Two of the possible approaches to start this kind of process, which would be meant to open and socialise even more the library system, is to create ‘temporary libraries’, in order to fill specific knowledge needs during cultural events becoming then permanent resources, and ‘distributed libraries’, in order to integrate relevant collections of specialised knowledge accumulated elsewhere in the traditional library system without structurally intervene in it.


Born 1969. One of the founding contributors of the Nettime community and one of the founders of the organization Mag.Net (Magazine Network of Electronic Cultural Publishers). He’s a contributor of Springerin and has been a contributor for various media, including RTSI (Italian language Switzerland Radiotelevision). In 2001 he was part of the n.a.m.e. (normal audio media environment) art group and developed ‚Sonic Genoma‘, a computer/sound art installation. He also conducted 20 ‚Neural Station‘ a weekly radio show on electronic music and digital culture on Controradio, Bari. He has written several books, including „Suoni Futuri Digitali, la musica e il suo deflagrante impatto con la cultura digitale” and “Post-Digital Print, the mutation of publishing since 1894”, which has been translated into Italian, French and Korean. He is chief editor of Neural magazine since 1993.