Lost Library Project (2011): Digital photographs documenting social media performance.
Lost Library was a social media performance that took place over the course of three weeks (June 19 – July 6, 2011) in New York’s Soho district.
To begin, I posted the following announcement on my blog:
>>>>I am sharing the library that I've been accumulating for 15 years by giving some of it away.
>>>>Every day I will pick a good window well in Soho, deposit some books, and immediately tweet the location with a photograph and the hashtag #LostLibrary.
>>>>These are books for people to browse and to take away if they like.
>>>>Documentation is archived on flickr and tweeted photos are posted to tumblr.
While utilizing popular social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Typepad and Flickr), to announce the locations of books as well as to archive and share photographic documentation of the project, Lost Library’s central act of exchange – that of sharing the books themselves – is firmly anchored in the material world. As such, it offers food for thought about ownership and sharing in an age where we are increasingly encouraged to license our content (music, books, etc) as opposed to buying and owning it, thereby making us beholden to terms and conditions that very often legally or 'physically' prevent us from sharing freely. Lost Library asks us to stop and ponder our new-found immateriality, and to consider what we might be losing as we leave behind the heft and inconvenience of so much printed matter.
~ JG August 2011