24.03.24, 13:00, Book presentation I Shivered Violently / Don’t be Startled in the Night, Open Masereel

At Open Masereel, researcher Paul Bailey and Bryony Quinn present the new publicationI Shivered Violently / Don't be Startled in the Night; A networked essay on (dis)order, (il)legibility and (dis)orientation.

By way of gathers and gaps, leaps and snaps, this publication presents two networked essays that, between them, attempt to bring into view the poetics and possibilities of (dis)order, (il)legibility and (dis)orientation.

I Shivered Violently / Don’t Be Startled in the Night… approaches the renowned dynamic ordering and continual inventory of the Sitterwerk Foundation Kunstbibliothek (CH) as a site and a system of intrigue. In particular, these essays track the intent of a bespoke machine, fitted with an RFID scanner, that reads the shelves of the library at the end of the day. Visitors return items to the stacks at random and so, at night, an up-to-date record — and map — of the collection is created.

The behaviour of magnets, prompted by their role in the library’s technology used in the library, guides the attention of this publication, and is the subject of the written essay by Bryony Quinn. The visual essay, by Paul Bailey, which arranges material harvested from the Sitterwerk collection and beyond, deals with the conditions and manipulations of seeing with, and through, machines.

This publication is an A4-size folder with 5 mm spine, which includes 6 A2-size posters folded to A4.

Open Masereel is a brand new biennial arts festival centered around print as a way for artists to express themselves, understand art and the world that surrounds us, connect and more. In addition to multiple new editions, publications and a print art fair, the program includes live performances and music, a culinary experience by a top chef, artist talks and more.

Frans Masereel Centrum
Masereeldijk 5
2460 Kasterlee