photos by Marlise Steeman

Psychic Bibliophiles

 

Opening Performance of "House of Wisdom Amsterdam" exhibition

Performance video 1h 24' 26''

Framer Framed

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017

© Istanbul Queer Art Collective

Performed by Tuna Erdem, Seda Ergul

Opening performance of House of Wisdom Amsterdam exhibition.

"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.

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