HomeShop Library opening
Saturday, 18 June 2011 (all day long)
在交道口北二条的家作坊开幕将近半年之后的今天，我们渐渐地尝试另一种类型的开幕式，这不是一个庆祝大事件的活动，而是一种对很多平凡日子中的某一天的理 解形式。谁说数量不重要？万物库自家作坊开幕时就已经悄悄存在了，虽并没有适当的头衔或组织形式去赋予它价值，这些物品只是贮存了起来，而经历了六个月， 我们可以站在这个小角落之外足够“自豪”地（傻傻地）说一个系统已经存在，或者至少是一个使得它可以提供服务的组织形式。
Almost exactly half a year after the opening of HomeShop at Jiaodaokou Beiertiao, we venture mildly into another opening of sorts, one which declares itself not to mark the event but as a form of understanding the many amidst a few. Who said quantity does not matter? The HomeShop library has existed quietly since our first days here, without proper titling or forms of organisation to lend it the sense of value that archives tend to garner, and now in our sixth month we can stand back proudly—nerdily—from this diminuitive corner enough to say that an operation exists, or at least an attempted form of organisation that allows itself as an offering. The collection could be about some supposed form of traced ownership (we attempt to label the provenance of each item), and this suggests a different attitude towards collectivity that may go beyond mere expansion towards other forms of gift and exchange.
Who said quantity doesn’t matter? If you donate three items to the library, of a nature including books, tools or other media useful and of interest to a larger public, you will be entitled to join as a library member for lending other items from the collection. Loans can thus be made for flexible periods spanning a few days up to a few years, depending upon the nature of the item and your need. Quantity, or time, matters.
In conjunction with this announcement, the library will be open for your perusal and lending, as it has been already, though perhaps certain aspects of organisation will be made clear where they were less so before. There is a question as to whether this serves to facilitate or deter from participation, as should be asked of all our social forms in general, so thus let this Saturday serve as one experiment among the many.
Activities for your perusal and participation:
- browse the collection of not yet 10,000 items, including literature, film, small devices and more
- book-making workshop (all day long, drop in anytime)
- free giveaway of library members’ hand silk-screened handkerchiefs for wiping your mouth or your tears (while supplies last)
- at 6 p.m. a special Chinese language Happy Friends Reading Group session will discuss Jorge Luis Borges “The Library of Babel” [download here in Chinese | English, see pp. 28-32 | Spanish, see pp. 38-42]