MOBILE LIBRARY: MYANMAR
Flux Kit contributed to the organisation of the project Mobile Library: Myanmar since its early stages. The project is an initiative by Asia Art Archive (AAA) in partnership with the Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA). Flux Kit entirely documented it with photos and videos during its duration from November 2014 to March 2015.
Mobile Library is a periodic initiative organised in partnership with cultural collaborators in different countries throughout Asia to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas. By organising events and enabling the circulation of printed matter, this programme activates new possibilities to engage with art as a form of knowledge.
Comprising over 450 items, the Mobile Library collection centers upon areas that evolved through conversations with the art community in Myanmar. While theories/philosophy/critical debates are at the top of the agenda and included in the collection, there is also keen interest in learning about the recent history of art in Asia, and great demand for resources for art education.
Hence catalogues of survey exhibitions, art historical writings, periodicals, and artist monographs are included to offer a glimpse into the narratives and practices in the region, apart from references on art education and learning tools. In selecting the material, more emphasis is put on performance art and art activism, which echo with the situation in Myanmar.
Books on archive, curating, and alternative art space are also chosen as a response to the need of these infrastructures. Titles were gathered from the previous Mobile Library, AAA’s repository, purchasing channels, and generous donations.
After traveling around Yangon and Mandalay, the Mobile Library collection will stay behind and become part of the invaluable resources available in MARCA, openly accessible for the local public.
Prior editions have included Mobile Library: Vietnam with Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City (2011) and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka with Raking Leaves in Jaffna and Colombo (2013).
Panel discussion on archives (28 November, 2014) with Clark House Initiative’s Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma; AAA Head of Research & Programmes Hammad Nasar; and Mobile Library: Sri Lanka participant Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan.