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The Bookmobile! The Bookmobile!

projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project traveling exhibition of artist books and zines in Portland on August 11 - 13, 2002
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project. Making its debut in 2001, the projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a traveling exhibition of artist' book works, zines, and independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the BOOKMOBILE will visit a variety of communities across Canada and the US, with a desire to strengthen pre-existing networks and inspire new connections among communities of people making things: artists, activists and writers. A group of coordinators traveling with the exhibition facilitate a series of workshops, artist talks, and educational forums.

The works in the collection are a juried selection, ranging from one-of-a-kind hand-bound to photocopied works, which demonstrate inventive explorations of the book and narrative forms. However, the focus of the projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is not merely on the books as material objects, but also on an intimate understanding of the processes of independent production and circulation of such works. Favoring a D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) style of small-scale production, the project emphasizes a desire for the distribution of works that would otherwise remain inaccessible to the public at large.

HISTORY/MISSION STATEMENT
projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a community arts initiative founded by the Bookmobile collective, a diverse group of emerging North American artists and community activists. Our mandate is to fuse artistic and literary production with political activism and community organizing. We are concerned with reaching an audience wider than, or different from, the usual art-going crowd. We aim to engage with thinkers, readers, and makers of North America in the contexts of their communities. Facilitating bookbinding and zine-making workshops, discussions, video screenings and related educational forums, we hope to bring together people who are concerned with the survival of independent media. In the increasingly monopolized world of mainstream media, it is imperative that works that challenge the status quo, affirm the lives of their creators, and critique corporate control are available to the widest audience possible.

The projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project explores the long held tradition of bookmobiles as traveling libraries that promote the distribution of information. Today, bookmobiles continue to serve some urban and rural communities and are spaces for the public viewing of books. Like conventional bookmobiles, the projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project brings a unique collection of books to a broad audience. However, the books range from handmade and one-of-a-kind to photocopied and small press publications. The projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a self-contained, interactive gallery space and very literally opens its doors to the public across Canada and the U.S.

Spurred on by our personal commitments to making book objets, we are excited to share our enthusiasm and criticisms with others, continuing the discussions of mediated realities with their consumers and producers.

Read more at: www.mobilivre.org

Visit to Portland is Co-Sponsored by
Independent Publishing Resource Center and P.S. What?
AUGUST 11-13, 2002
Contact:
Rebecca Gilbert or Leslie Topness
IPRC 503.827.0249 or info@iprc.org

SCHEDULE:

AUGUST 11
BOOKMOBILE VISITING HOURS! 12pm-6pm
P.S. What? 1968 SW 5th Avenue (btwn College and Jackson)
Browsing the bookmobile collection

AUGUST 12
BOOKMOBILE VISITING HOURS! 12-7pm
P.S. What? 1968 SW 5th Avenue (btwn College and Jackson) Browsing the bookmobile collection

Bookbinding Workshop 8-10pm
Independent Publishing Resource Center
917 SW Oak Street #218
Call or stop by the IPRC in advance to sign up. Workshop is FREE!

AUGUST 13
BOOKMOBILE VISITING HOURS! 12-8pm
P.S. What?
1968 SW 5th Avenue (btwn College and Jackson)
Browsing the bookmobile collection

ARTIST TALK 8pm
Reading Frenzy
921 SW Oak Street
Diane Jacobs and other local book artists and zine makers will talk about their work and show it. Free.
more info TBA

bookmobile harrassed by cops in illinois 06.Aug.2002 17:19

indy reader

This is the same bookmobile that got harrassed by police when it visited Urbana-Champaign, Illinois:

"This past weekend the Bookmobile Project visited the Urbana-Champaign IMC, bringing a vintage airstream trailed filled with hundreds of zines, artists' books and independent publications. Unfortunately the visit was marred by the absurd and capricious harassment the Bookmobile volunteers received from a local business and the Urbana police, which resulted in a $75 ticket being issued to an out-of-town Bookmobile volunteer for 'obstructing the sidewalk.'

"What follows is a first-person account of what happened. I make no effort to be 'objective,' but I am trying to tell the truth as I perceive it. As the co-organizer of the Bookmobile visit and the accompanying events I want to express openly how absolutely embarrassed I am for Urbana, and how badly I feel for the treatment the Bookmobile volunteers received from our neighboring downtown business and our City's police force."

Full article, at Urbana-Champaign Indymedia:
 http://www.ucimc.org/front.php3?article_id=6256