Everyone and everything on Earth and in Space is part of A Living Library of diversity: people, birds, trees, air, water, and all the things we create, such as - parks, gardens, schools, curricula, artworks, networks, communities, celebrations. A Living Library, or, A.L.L., for short, provides a way to understand that culture and technology are part of nature. It’s all nature.
A Living Library provides a powerful systemic framework, multiple methodologies and strategies for creating place-based, ecological change in communities and schools - locally and globally.
A.L.L. integrates local resources - past, present, future - and transforms them with community, to become vibrant, content-rich, art-filled, ecological learning landscapes; each Branch linked to another.
Daniel Heath Justice
… ‘siyo nigad’! You’ll find works and topics of personal and professional significance on my internet home grounds, including Indigenous literary studies, speculative fiction and Indigenous wonderworks, Cherokee history, politics, and belonging, other-than-human kinship, weird and wonderful wild things like badgers and raccoons, heraldry and fantasy literature, and queer/two-spirit arts. I hope you enjoy your visit!
… Although primarily an Indigenous literary and cultural studies scholar focusing on kinship, belonging, nationhood, and the other-than-human, my research also extends into sexuality studies, animal studies, and speculative fiction
… My personal motto is Imagine Otherwise, and this perspective shapes all my writing, especially my creative work. What would fantasy literature look like with Indigenous people, women, queer folks, and other stereotyped or marginalized communities at the centre rather than the margins?
… My core commitments as a teacher are to expand and deepen our understandings of the stories that give meaning to this wounded world, and to help students develop the rhetorical, perceptual, and ethical skills to do the same in mindful and courageous ways.
In her wide-ranging practice, Swiss designer Julia Born explores new ways of engaging with textual and visual material on the printed page and in the exhibition site. She has works in close dialogue with artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Shannon Ebner, Moyra Davey, Michael Auder, and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, to translate content—photography, film, and speech—into the book form. She creates structure for ideas and images, while simultaneously making material comprehensible and pushing other pathways for interpreting it. Her field of design research proposes different forms of reading content through the careful selection and sequencing of images, blank spaces, and writing.
Anne Büttner is a creative studio offering creative direction, conception and design with a fluid interaction and collaborative focus on art, culture, fashion and commerce.
Within her graphical approach she investigates our surrounding through a deeply involved dialog between her own abilities and the way these can form our picture of the world.
Her distinctive designs are based on a prior research process, which enables her to create unique and unconventional identities that are tailored to the specific idea of each project. Originating from that profound engagement with content, rather than the surface of design, her bold sense for colors, forms and typography evolves and challenges common expectations. The emphasis on a dialogical symbiosis between her graphical language and the conceptual idea of each client is the very centre of her practice.
Since her graduation from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she was supervised by the graphic designers Linda van Deursen and Julia Born, Büttner worked as freelance graphic designer on major longterm-projects at HORT in Berlin. During the past ten years she gained various experiences in different fields ranging from commercial companies like NIKE to cultural institutions like Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurter Positionen and Bergen Assembly.
In recent times Büttner is focusing on collaborations within the art and culture sector, working together with different artists like Martin Dörr, Manuel Tayarani and Andrea Farrenkopf as well as the online magazine for contemporary art, PASSE-AVANT.
Paul Soulellis is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. He is currently Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design and Founder/Director of Queer.Archive.Work, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community reading room, publishing studio, and project space. News. CV. Studio—40 Sprague Street, 1G Providence, RI 02907. [email protected] @soulellis