Living Books at Index this weekend

Event: Living Books at Index #3 and #4
16 February 2019, 12:00–16:00
17 February 2019, 12:00–16:00
Mette Edvardsen some years ago started a very special collection of books: books that are alive, living books. With Mette Edvardsen, people in different locations in the world decided to memorise books with the aim to be opened to and for new readers. Some of the living books will be at our exhibition at Index this weekend to be read in a one-to-one experience: a book and a reader.

The books present include:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Swedish translation)
Answered Prayers by Truman Capote (in English)
Hakkepølsa by Torgny Lindgren (Norwegian translation)
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (in English)

You can simply come to Index at these times and see which books are available for reading. We also recommend that you email us with the specific time and book that you would like to read at This way we can help you in booking a book. The exhibition is open weekends from 12:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 to 18:00.

 Welcome to a talk between Mette Edvardsen and Jeroen Peeters on the nature of writing and memory. The event is also the launch of the first publication from Afternoon Editions – a series of commissioned texts that develops out of the project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. Invited as a writer in residence to a previous edition, Jeroen Peeters visited the library of living books on a daily basis and recorded his observations by hand in a notebook, which formed the basis for Afternoon Edition #1. Reseeding the library, gleaning readership is an essay on the seed library, on the dispersion of literature through wind, water and animals, on biodiversity and commoning at the heart of readership. On the cover a drawing by Wouter Krokaert of a Philodendron Xanadu.

 Welcome to a talk by Sinziana Ravini in connection with the exhibition Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. What possible connections do we find between art and literature? Are books artistic spaces? When does a book become an exhibition and an exhibition a book? Art has been an interesting arena for many writers and in return literature is often a space and source of inspiration for many artists. Yet, rhythms, narrations and vocabularies are not always the same ones and some sort of “translation” seems to be needed. Sinziana Ravini will talk about the relations between art and literature, about her favorite writers, artists and curators that work in the interstice between art and literature and the way art theory is leaving its old Kant-inspired methods behind in favor of a more fiction and affect oriented theory.

 In 2019 Index begins a new strand – the Research Processes. These are our tool to define other temporalities at Index. The goal is to establish some areas of investigation inviting artists and other practitioners to work without a starting plan or objective. Moments of visibility will be defined together. From workshops to seminars, from publications to idea-exhibitions; sometimes it’s important not to start with rules or plans in order to be able to define what could be possible to do. The Research Processes will facilitate deep discussions on specific matters. The first artist in the program is British artist Anna Barham. Barham works with and beyond language, with text and readings, videos and situations, objects and structures and this will be the field for a possible investigation and dialogues between Index and the artist.

 The Index Teen Advisory Board is now in its third year and offers paid positions for young people who meeting monthly at Index. The board is an integral part of Index and it actively supports decision-making, evaluation and programming. The aim is to bring together a group of young people with differing life experiences and reflect together on the role and potential of art and culture today. The board implements ideas into the agenda of the organisation. In January and February the board attended the opening and took part in performances of Mette Edvardsen’s project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. Alongside this process, the board undertook a workshop with NY based artist Gabo Camnitzer, which focused on a set of proposals around objecthood and attributes. To follow the board and their work look at the ITAB blog.

The exhibition Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine is made in collaboration and in parallel to the performances that Mette Edvardsen presents at MDT in Stockholm. Mette Edvardsen’s exhibition is produced with the support of Petra och Karl Erik Hedborgs Stiftelse. Index is supported by Kulturrådet, Stockholms Stad and Region Stockholm.