Dexter Sinister: From the Toolbox of a Serving Library
with Stuart Bailey and David Reinfurt
In 2006 Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt & Stuart Bailey) established a workshop and bookstore of the same name in New York, and have since explored aspects of contemporary publishing in diverse contexts. As well as designing, editing, producing, and distributing both printed and digital media, they have also worked with ambiguous roles and formats, usually in the live contexts of galleries and museums. (…)
The Serving Library is founded on a consideration of how the role of the library has changed over time — from fixed archive, through circulating collection, to point of distribution. As much about The Library as social furniture as it is a specific model, the project ultimately returns to its point of departure: as a place for learning. Over the past couple of years, Dexter Sinister have set up a number of temporary, model versions of The Serving Library in different places, in order to work out its eventual form.
The residency at The Banff Centre (Canada) will be the most fully-realized version of this to date. At this point, the travelling Library comprises a specific set of books and a collection of corollary artifacts. Both will be installed in The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery during the residency, and this environment will then serve as the focal point for the rest of the program. (…)