Konstfack - Degree Exhibition 2012 / Vårutställning 2012


Nicola Bergström Hansen

Nicola Bergström Hansen
The Jonestown Library

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The location of Jonestown as viewed in Google Maps

The location of Jonestown as viewed in Google Maps

Books no. 2, 63, 28, 22, 101, 8, 104 and 49 in The Jonestown Library

Books no. 2, 63, 28, 22, 101, 8, 104 and 49 in The Jonestown Library

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“We didn’t commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”

– Jim Jones, on the Peoples Temple’s last recording in Jonestown, 18 November 1978

The Jonestown Library is an art project based on a list of 112 book titles that existed in the library in Jonestown. Using this list as a starting point, I work with various projects that aim to spread and preserve the library. The Jonestown Library has taken the form of such things as a listmania! list on Amazon.com where the titles are tracked, a blog, a one-day library with the available titles borrowed from libraries around Stockholm, a physical collection of all 112 titles in a suitcase and a proposal for public art in Gävle.

“If you had an important idea that you wanted to let everyone (in the world) know about, how might you go about letting them know?”

– Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity. [Book no. 102 in The Jonestown Library]

We didn’t commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”

– Jim Jones på Peoples Temples sista inspelning i Jonestown den 18 november 1978.

The Jonestown Library är ett konstprojekt baserat på en lista på 112 boktitlar som fanns i biblioteket i Jonestown. Utifrån denna lista arbetar jag med olika projekt som alla syftar till att bevara och sprida biblioteket. The Jonestown Library har bland annat tagit formen av en listmania!-lista på Amazon.com där titlarna spåras, en blogg, ett endagsbibliotek med de tillgängliga titlarna inlånade från bibliotek runt om i Stockholm, en fysisk samling av alla 112 titlar i en resväska och ett förslag på offentlig konst i Gävle.

“If you had an important idea that you wanted to let everyone (in the world) know about, how might you go about letting them know?”

– Neil Postman och Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity.


Year of birth: 1983
Place of birth: Vilhelmina, Sweden
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