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Animated Listening May 20

Animated Listening

A workshop in the Reanimation Library
in residence at Pioneer Books/Pioneer Works

In this listening and writing workshop, we will investigate the Reanimation Library for its sonic and poetic potential. Beginning with a listening practice inspired by the work of composer Pauline Oliveros, we will turn to the library as a source of improvisational material—“playing” the library to each other by reading aloud. In this rich field of audible language we will explore transcription techniques to create written works and visual scores.

This workshop is one in a series of monthly programs that activates the Reanimation Library, a collection of obscure or out-of-print publications housed at Pioneer Books.

Price: Free with RSVP

Audience: Open to all.

Location: Pioneer Books
289 Van Brunt St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

More info: Pioneer Works

Reanimation Library

The Reanimation Library is an independent presence library.* The books in the collection—simultaneously prosaic and peculiar—are relics of the rapidly receding 20th century. Chosen primarily for the images that they contain, they have been culled from thrift stores, rummage sales, flea markets, municipal dumps, library sales, give-away piles, and used bookstores across the country.


*Presence library is a mistranslation of the German word for reference library, Präsenzbibliothek. In addition to being a non-circulating collection, the library encourages IRL encounters with actual books and actual humans.