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Jain goes to the library

Jain goes to the library records the ideas and activity relating to my residency at Stourport library.
Running from November 2011 to July 2012, the residency will explore the impact an artist can have on a public space and it's users.

     "The role of artworks is no longer to form imaginary and utopian realties, but to actually be ways of living and models of action within the existing real, whatever the scale chosen by the artist."

                                                                                                       Nicolas Bourriaud
                                                                                                           Relational Aesthetics

This project has now finished but the artists will continue to meet on the last Thursday of the month. 
Please contact the Library if you would like to get involved. 

The library is a vast empire and it would be easy to try and do too much. Narrowing it down to a smaller area of investigation is key. That area has to involve visuals and if posable some area of learning. Lots of libraries are now called learning centers and knowledge spars, but how many people go into them to learn? 
One question I ask myself looking at all these books that look inviting and the people that don’t, is do I want to interact with books or people? Interacting with a book is worse than  showing art to a cow. But books can become the middle man, the tools, allowing me to have indirect communication with people. 
My second thought is how can I improve my knowledge? So I have decided that each week I will take a book out of the library, read it in the week, write a review and draw an illustration for it and take it back the following week, leaving the review and illustration inside it. This week I have chosen The Second coming by John Niven.

The Stourport library project has it's own blog @

Jain has also created a blog for the SLAM group at

For more information or an informal chat please e-mail Jain on

Or phone 07772 676789


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