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The Dynamic Library

The question of how to systematically organize this idiosyncratic collection into a publicly accessible library was a fundamental concern, and a solution was found in a dynamic system of organization powered by RFID technology, which relies on digital tracking. The essays gathered here contextualize the Sitterwerk’s associative classification system amid artistic and historical systems of order while pointing to future methods for incorporating subjectivity and serendipity into the organization of knowledge.

 


CONTENTS

 

Introduction: Marina Schütz
The Back Story of the Art Library: Felix Lehner

Classification Systems
Gerhard Matter: Introduction
Paul Michel: Organizing Knowledge
Tobias Schelling: Library Organization Systems
Philipp Messner: New Orders of Knowledge around 1900

Art
Susanne Bieri: Introduction
Dorothée Bauerle-Willert: Aby Warburg’s Library and Picture Atlas
Hans Witschi: Handbook History
Hans Petschar: Notes on the Cataloging of Vienna’s Imperial Library

New Orders of Knowledge
Ariane Roth and Marina Schütz: Introduction
Anthon Astrom, Fabian Wegmuller, Lukas Zimmer: New Orders of Knowledge
Christian Kern: RFID: Applications and Implications—A Foundation for the Internet of Things
Claudia Mareis: Design Research and “Mode 2”—Knowledge Production

About the Institution:
The art foundry and the non-commercial Sitterwerk Foundation—with its art library, material archive, studio house, and Kesselhaus Josephsohn—form a dynamic space in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where traditional crafts and the most modern technologies are directly connected in both theory and practice. www.sitterwerk.ch.