Making and sharing comics libraries

In an age where public libraries are an endangered institution, collections run by amateur librarians emerge as new, vital topographies of sharing. Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and images, contemporary comics artists are consistently expected to challenge conventional notions of creativity and authorship by engaging with archival research, appropriation, iterative and sampling techniques and other practices of mediation. This workshop proposes to familiarize ourselves with basic wiki tools and reflect on archival practices that have thrived with the advent of digital and internet technologies. What are the possible ways and the best practices for constitutions of non-hegemonic archives that equally embrace the real, the unclaimed, the anticipated and the fictional? And how we can collectively organize our hoarding, taxonomic drives towards an active exploration of the digital library’s conceptual consistency and its ethics of digital preservation? The workshop aims in the collective production and distribution of an ad-hoc (thematic, medial, historical or not) archive of comics or the augmentation of an already existing one.

The talk will be held in English. Let us know in advance if you would like translating assistance in French or German.

Workshop by
Dušan Barok (Slovakia)

Date: Wednesday 1st, April 2020
Time: 11.00 – 12.30
Location: The Phrontistery
Address: Löwenpl. 6, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland