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 __Another way of reading__ is the title for research undertaken during a residency at Swiss Cottage Library that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the library, a Grade II listed building designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1964.  __Another way of reading__ is the title for research undertaken during a residency at Swiss Cottage Library that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the library, a Grade II listed building designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in 1964. 
  
-The initial context stemmed from an invitation to select two works from the two host collections,​ exhibited as a pair in the library gallery: from the Camden Art Collection, Derek Jarman’s pen and ink drawing ​__Plague Street__ ​[1971], that my research speculates may have been a preparatory drawing for Jarman’s set designs for Ken Russell’s film __The Devils__ ​[1971]; and from Zabludowicz Collection, Allora & Calzadilla’s single channel film __How to Appear ​Invisible__ ​[2009].+The initial context stemmed from an invitation to select two works from the two host collections,​ exhibited as a pair in the library gallery: from the Camden Art Collection, Derek Jarman’s pen and ink drawing ​'​Plague Street' ​[1971], that my research speculates may have been a preparatory drawing for Jarman’s set designs for Ken Russell’s film 'The Devils' ​[1971]; and from Zabludowicz Collection, Allora & Calzadilla’s single channel film '​How ​to Appear ​Invisible' ​[2009].
  
-The residency culminated in a six-panel speculative film script, that combined archival documents with new material, including 35mm photographs created during ​my research. Within the pages of the script, fictional characters - including a Witness, Alchemists, Geologists, Scribes, Readers, and Prophets in orbit [cast as Derek Jarman and Sir Basil Spence] - formed through encounters with library users and staff, as well as conversations with an architect, a lip-reader and an astrologer, suggest alternative ways of interpreting the architecture of Swiss Cottage Library. Various forms of knowledge are proposed through which to reimagine the building, as a book to be read. The pages include astrological ‘natal’ charts produced for the building, an aerial drawing of Sir Basil Spence’s original plan for Hampstead Civic Centre, and re-worked excerpts from the 1964 design specifications for the library and its book classification systems. It concludes with a proposal for a film to be generated and shown in the cinema on the top floor of Holborn Library, where Camden'​s archives are also held. +The residency culminated in a six-panel speculative film script, that combined archival documents with new material, including 35mm photographs created during ​the research. Within the pages of the script, fictional characters - including a Witness, Alchemists, Geologists, Scribes, Readers, and Prophets in orbit [cast as Derek Jarman and Sir Basil Spence] - formed through encounters with library users and staff, as well as conversations with an architect, a lip-reader and an astrologer, suggest alternative ways of interpreting the architecture of Swiss Cottage Library. Various forms of knowledge are proposed through which to reimagine the building, as a book to be read. The pages include astrological ‘natal’ charts produced for the building, an aerial drawing of Sir Basil Spence’s original plan for Hampstead Civic Centre, and re-worked excerpts from the 1964 design specifications for the library and its book classification systems. It concludes with a proposal for a film to be generated and shown in the cinema on the top floor of Holborn Library, where Camden'​s archives are also held. 
  
 The script was shown in the library atrium, alongside reading materials drawn from the archives and special collections. It was realised for the original display system developed by Sir Basil Spence, with a number of panels restored specifically for the residency exhibition. The project was also made public through a series of events staged at both sites, including a film screening, talks, and live readings with Joyce Cronin, using the public announcement system as an extension of the [[http://​www.catalog.org.uk|CATALOG]] monthly online image-broadcast [[http://​catalog.org.uk/​we-interrupt-this-transmission/​|'​We interrupt this transmission'​]]. The script was shown in the library atrium, alongside reading materials drawn from the archives and special collections. It was realised for the original display system developed by Sir Basil Spence, with a number of panels restored specifically for the residency exhibition. The project was also made public through a series of events staged at both sites, including a film screening, talks, and live readings with Joyce Cronin, using the public announcement system as an extension of the [[http://​www.catalog.org.uk|CATALOG]] monthly online image-broadcast [[http://​catalog.org.uk/​we-interrupt-this-transmission/​|'​We interrupt this transmission'​]].
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-Images ​1-3, 35mm stills and research photocopyPhotographs:​ Frances Scott. Image 6, script excerpt. Images 4, 5, 7-11, installation ​views, Swiss Cottage Library, London, 2014 including Derek Jarman, __Plague Street__ (1972). ​[photographs:​ Ollie Hammick/​Limner Studio]. ​+Images. ​Installation ​views and details, Swiss Cottage Library, London [photographs:​ Ollie Hammick/​Limner Studio] ​including Derek Jarman, '​Plague Street'​ [1971], and 35mm photographs. 
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