How do the ways in which we categorize books and information reflect invisible power structures and hidden hierarchies? What would an intervention into this system look like, and how can artistic processes re-shape, re-organize, and re-evaluate it?
“Added Value” is a temporary vending project organized by Stephanie Syjuco in conjunction with SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge initiative, and with participation from The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Prelinger Library and the collaborative artist team Related Tactics. Over the course of three days, the museum’s Schwab Hall will be transformed into a massive public book sale, featuring a radical re-organization of thousands of used books, with all sales proceeds going to benefit the San Francisco Public Library. A program of screenings, talks, and commissioned artist projects involving the manipulation and transformation of books-as-knowledge will activate the Public Knowledge Library and the Wattis Theater. View the program here.
Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. This has included starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods, presenting parasitic art counterfeiting events, and developing alternative vending economies.
Born in the Philippines in 1974, she is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award and has exhibited widely, including at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Havana Biennial, and the Asian Art Biennale, among others. She will be featured in Season 9 of the acclaimed documentary series Art in the Twenty-First Century, and at the 2018 Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A long-time educator, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
Related Tactics (Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson) is a collective of artists/writers/educators/cultural organizers/arts administrators of color who create projects at the intersection of race and culture. The collective has produced projects at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Black & White Projects. Their work together has been supported with a residency at Real Time & Space and an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure.
Megan Prelinger is a cultural historian of art and technology author, co-founder and architect of information design at the Prelinger Library, and co-principal of the Prelinger Archives. She is co-creator, with Rick Prelinger, of the Bay Observatory Library at the Exploratorium. She is also a field naturalist with San Francisco Nature Education.
Rick Prelinger, an archivist, writer and filmmaker, is Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of the Prelinger Library. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his feature project No More Road Trips? received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His 24 Lost Landscapes participatory urban history projects have played to thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.