Library Interventions. The Agents Respond: Chris Green and Katheryn Owens

Library Interventions : Sharon Kivland

Chris Green and Katheryn Owens

We are concerned with collaboration as a form of existence. We know, like Deleuze, that we are already multiple, collaborating continually. We desire you to control us (but to an extent). We have an opportunity for rebellion: you will not be there to witness us.

We are attempting to become you, Sharon Kivland. Through prior investigation of your work, we will spend three days from the 24th to the 26th February (one for each of us) situated in the library imagining the things you would read. We do not propose which subject we will take as yours; rather, this will be decided in response to what knowledge we have of you and to what we feel you would respond, at the point of arriving at the library.

Our report on knowledge gained will take two strands.

1. A document of what we have read (the report).
2. A reflection on becoming: specifically becoming you. We will conduct our ‘learning’ in shifts, of, for example, three hours at a time. One of us will read what we imagine you to read, and one of us will read your own work. We will then swap roles and continue in this manner. Between each shift change we will conduct a debrief, informing the other on what we have read and learnt, and thus influencing or directing what the other will read next.

We will collaborate with you without exchanging words.

We are interested in signature, of what happens to our voice when we place the report under your name.* We want to become you so we are free from our own voices. Of course, we all learn differently. Each time we read we take something new. We have no way of truly knowing what you would read. Even if we were to choose the same text you might choose, each collaboration (with each other, with the text, with you, with time,) will alter us. Language will not be fixed. We will find freedom in your control, in the luxury of reading and writing.

 * (And yet…how do we deal with giving up our signature? We report on ‘becoming’. We will inevitably identify ourselves as other than you, if we document becoming you. The challenge lies in our disappearing into the text, into your name).

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