Library Interventions. The Agents Respond: Lou Hazelwood and Jo Ray


Your invitation for surrogates to gather and impart knowledge relates directly to practice we are developing which explores the struggle to communicate; specifically how this manifests in spoken language, graphic, and text.

The two set Venn diagram (where the intersection, the common property, is an ellipse) is recurring motif, a structure through which we speculate, play, and perform with these problems.

Our indenture with you will see us map the shape of research, as it responds to the idiosyncrasies of reading, misreading, interpretation, appetite, and whimsy. It will also map the potential of (mis)communication); we will attempt to occupy a unified methodology, becoming two aspects of one notional ‘Elliptical Agent’.

We will annotate our research using shared systems
We will attempt to respond to the ‘other’ as if to the self
We will not occupy ‘the intersection’ (the place of research) simultaneously in time or space.

The ‘elliptical agent’ will work tirelessly on your behalf; gathering knowledge and creating annotated trails of evidence logging our activity and findings.

You will receive a body of research that has allowed for the interplay of subjects, offering up new links and unforeseen possibilities. These ‘logs’ produced from our two perspectives will directly inform a single, final report for you: A stereoscopic outcome.

We will consider your interests with the following tools marginalia, code breaking, bouma, passing notes in class, following leads, creating false ones, double meanings, strange co-incidence of meaning, imperfect lenses.
We will examine during our research for you focus and diffusion, smudge and smear, clarity and obscurity in both means of communication and the shape of a research territory and its execution.

The means by which we complete our task for you may also provide the theme for research we pursue on your behalf and at your pleasure.

Choosing the service of our ‘Elliptical Agent’ will enable you to interrupt the usual mechanisms of research, creating a breathing space from which you may contemplate further investigations.

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