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photos by Eda Sancakdar

Psychic Bibliophiles

Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire

London, UK

2019

© Istanbul Queer Art Collective

Performed by Tuna Erdem, Seda Ergul

As part of the event The Library Is Open! curated by Queer Art Projects, Istanbul Queer Art Collective performed Psychic Bibliophiles at The Oscar Wilde Temple by McDermott & McGough in Studio Voltaire London on 13 April 2019.

Psychic Bibliophiles was one of the two library themed durational performances during the event. The other simultaneous performance was The Itinerant Poetry Library by Sara Wingate Gray.

"Every book, every volume you see here has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Cemetary of Forgatten Books I: The Shadow of the Wind

 

Our library had to die, when we felt we had to leave our country. Books are heavy, but their spirits are light. Now each book in our ex-library has a card; and each card contains a story.

 

Of how the book came into our hands

Where we read it

What we thought of it

Who has it now

 

Anectodes that paint the portrait of what it was like to have lived and read in our country.

 

Come, step into our parlour and pick a card or two

Let the book spirit mediums tell you its story

Only for your ears and once in a life time

The spirit of our dead library will talk to you personally

 

And stamp you permanently.