In 2019, we started building and conceptualizing the Impossible Library a project by HEFT, Die Brueder, Annika Dorau and Lady Liberty Press thanks to the Elbkulturfonds. From 2020-2022, we created programming and artistic research. We did not realize how accurate our name would be and how timely, the notion of the Impossible Library in the face of pandemic, digital socializing, and social distancing. Nonetheless, we are very amazed how much was made possible in impossible times. We want to thank all of our contributors, collaborators, fellows, and friends. Thank you!
Our guest artists and contributors:
Jae Kyung Kim @einbuch.haus
Abdul Dube / Aarhus Art Book & Zine Fest @dubephotog
John Z Komurki @jzkomurki Risomania
Annette Gilbert & Andres Bülhoff @andreasbuelhoff Library of Artistic Print on Demand
Daniel Schneider @archiv_der_jugendkulturen
Nicole Doell @gfzk_leipzig
The Ministry of Empathy #ministeriumfürmitgefühl
Aron Rossman-Kiss #aronrossmankiss
Janne-Marie Dauer @jmdauer
Anne König @spectorbooks
Nino Bulling @nino_pauli
Enrico Floriddia @enrico_floriddia
Si-Ying Fung @fung_siying
Rilando June Lamadjido
Claudia de la Torre @backbonebooks
Clara Sondermann @_clarasondermann_
Nefeli Kavouras @nefeli.kavouras
Leonhard Hieronymi @leonhardi.hieronymi
Camera Arhiva @cameraarhiva
Sonja Roczek #sonjaroczek
The institutions that opened their archives or channels for us:
As a collaborative group, the Impossible Library is undergoing transformations, however, the ideas of the Impossible Library and its principles live on in upcoming projects:
The Impossible Library is not a library.
The Impossible Library is a workshop.
We investigate the relation between subversive publishing and society: The role of archives in digital capitalism, the formation of publics through people – publications – places, and search for alternative models to entrenched cultures toward niches, gaps, the present, and futures.
HEFT will take over the Impossible Libary’s physical space to pursue their experimental spatial practices with new collaborators. @hheft
Lady Liberty Press will apply independent publishing practices at @ladylibertylibrary.
Photocredits: Impossible Library