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It was questions like these that first got Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh and Amsterdam-based independent curator Sara Giannini talking. Eighteen months on, and their exploration of the library as place and concept is about to move into the public sphere via the VOLUME project. A collaboration among the 98Weeks Research Project, Vision Forum and Assabil Friends of Public Libraries Association, VOLUME consists of a series of specially commissioned artists' performances and talks, to be staged between Sept. 11- 20 at the 98Weeks Project Space, Assabil's local libraries and public spaces around Beirut. Curated by Giannini, the nine-day festival aims to encourage reflection and discussion among members of the public on the nature and role of libraries in the digital age, through artistic solo projects. Solh and local artist Walid Sadek, U.S. artist and librarian Andrew Beccone, French artist Pauline Curnier Jardin, Icelandic installation, video and performance artist Aldis Ellersdottir Hoff, Swedish artist Per Huttner and extra-disciplinary artistic research platform RYBN.ORG will each present a solo work.
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