Shadow Libraries: Ubuweb in Athens

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar


In an age where public libraries are an endangered institution, Ubuweb and other collections run by amateur librarians emerge as new, vital topographies of sharing. This symposium and the related workshops explore the conceptual consistency and the ethics of digital preservation and distribution from the practitioners perspective. The invited guests will unpack the thingness of these fragile knowledge infrastructures and discuss how their architecture challenges current norms of intellectual property rights, market concentration and control of access. Through talks, workshops and an exhibition, Ubuweb in Athens explored the uses of the archive in regards to artistic production, and examine Ubuweb and other shadow libraries, through the lens of its users and makers.
The Festival was curated by Kenneth Goldsmith and Ilan Manouach.
Period16 Mar 2018
Event typeFestival
LocationAthens, Greece
Degree of RecognitionInternational