2017 / The Library as Retreatspace


2017 / The Library as Retreatspace

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How does the role of the library as a space for retreat and seeking work within the new economy of consciousness? Consciousness is becoming a central part of our modern reality, where the ubiquitous technology and information call out for our attention at all times. Could the library provide us with what we need to find the quiet within?
We present you with our combined experiments from the bubbler room at Madison Public Library framing it from the artists’ point of view as well as for the modern library, as well as experiments from different contexts at Dokk1They span from pop-up events to longer event with this focus.

We explore ways meditative sound, activities, music and visual aesthetics tie into the library. We present ideas that are novel and some which are well-known.

Some ideas depend on technology althought we feel we need to distance ourselves from their presence.  How do we work with this double edged challenge?

Relevance to the Next Library Festival® 2017

Through this session we plan to address several subjects that are close to the Next Library core:

- Libraries as space for learning, meeting, performing and inspiration

- Music in libraries – promoting music in libraries. Music is an important cultural language that can promote inclusion, integration and understanding across cultural background, generations etc.)

- Upcoming (technology) trends

First and foremost we plan to address an important library role, which is both very cutting edge and also a service close to the very heart of libraries:

Facilitating a space for silence and contemplation.


We are a team of experimenters, who are all preoccupied with defining the way the libraries are shifting and changing in these years. Out common goal for the next year: to explore the library as a way to find a quiet place in the world and in our minds, as a retreat and as a place for comtemplation.

We are brought together by the fact that we either do this and plan to explore this further in our daily work, and now we bring our practice to Next Library Conference 2017

Julka Älmquist, Anthropologist

Jeppe Knudsen, Anthropologist

Trent Miller, Visual artist + Library Transformer/ Madison Public Library

Sara Bindeballe, Music staff/ Dokk1

Marianne Krogbæk, Designer/ ITK/Dokk1

We plan to share some of the ways in which the libraries and their natural tranquility can be enhanced through sound music and small meditative gestures.

Robot Meditation / Session video

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Comment by Sara Bindeballe on July 3, 2017 at 12:35

That's so nice to hear, Sophus! Good luck :) 

Comment by Sophus Winter-Glasgow on July 3, 2017 at 1:46

Loved this session.

Planning to create some retreat spaces in my districts libraries.

Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.


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