Please join us on the way back from the polling station next THURSDAY 8 JUNE, UK ELECTION DAY, at 6.30 pm, to listen collectively to ON BREXIT, one of our irregular AUDIO ANNOTATIONS sessions – a themed playlist of past and present music devised, debated, campaigned, and voted on by Andy Cooke, Dan Fox, & Nathaniel Mellors of the quintessentially British record label JUNIOR ASPIRIN RECORDS. From the country that brought you sterling classics like The Restoration, Luddism, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, the machine gun, and global colonial subjugation, comes this epic montage narrated in broken English, to be delivered at maximum volume in complete darkness.

For a hint of what’s in store, see the following Bulletin pertaining to previous editions of AUDIO ANNOTATIONS. Blindfolds will be provided, and the bar will be open, serving for a modest fee. All welcome.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 11 MAY at 6 pm for KEYWORDS FOR DUMMIES: SPECULATION, where trader and philosopher Elie Ayache will address the slippery subject of financial and other forms of SPECULATION. In 1987, Ayache began working on the stock market floor the same day of a significant crash. In 1998, he founded ITO 33, a company that develops sophisticated software for the finance sector. In 2010, he published a ground-breaking book, “The Blank Swan,” in response to Nassim Taleb’s bestseller on the highly improbable, “The Black Swan.” And in 2015, he followed up with “The Medium of Contingency,” which further explores the intersection of materialism, speculative realism, probability, and finance. Related to all this, the Serving Library released an edited version of a talk Ayache ad-libbed to a London art audience titled “In the Middle of the Middle of the Event,” available to download here from issue #8 of Bulletins. The bar will be open, serving for a modest fee. All welcome.

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Inaugurating The Serving Library’s new long-term residence at Exhibition Research Lab, artist Abigail Reynolds recounts her episodic journey on motorbike along a line across the world from Cornwall to Xi’an and back again, with stops and starts at fallen library sites. The talk is timed to coincide with the April 1st release of the second installment of her incremental bulletin, Lost Libraries, and is introduced by The Serving Library’s Angie Keefer and concluded in conversation with Public Fiction’s Lauren Mackler.

On Saturday 1 April at 6 pm

The Serving Library
c/o Exhibition Research Lab
Liverpool John Moores University
John Lennon Art and Design Building
Duckinfield Street
Liverpool L3 5RD, UK

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Please join us on WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY at 6.30 pm for DAVID CROWLEY, ON "TY I JA" [YOU AND ME]. David Crowley will introduce us to “Ty i Ja,” a magazine run by the communist women’s league in communist Poland until around 1960, when it was hijacked by a group of young artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers. Thereafter, it served as a vehicle for fantasies largely prohibited in the Soviet bloc. "Ty i Ja" was at first used like a seance—to make contact with the dead from the world before the “revolution." Later, it became the home of a cargo cult: its pages filled with sparkling “pop" advertisements for products in such short supply that they needed no promotion. The evening will also include screenings of films: extracts from Vera Chytilova’s “Daisies," Walerian Borowczyk’s “House," and Roman Polanski’s “Lamp."

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Please join us on THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER at 7.30 pm for WINTER SERVING VARIETY BENEFIT LIBRARY GALA SHOW. Music from OMD‘s “Dazzle Ships” reworked by the band for the occasion and performed with live semaphore; a special Keywords for Dummies session on “algorithm” explained by David Reinfurt with a pack of oversized playing cards; irregular punctuation by parallax percussion double-act Rattle; an acoustic set by Spanish troubadour Victor Herrero; an exclusive screening of The Great Silence (2015) by artists Allora & Calzadilla; and a specially commissioned limited edition woodcut by artist Sanya Kantarovsky titled Perspectives -- also the theme of upcoming Bulletins of The Serving Library #12.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER at 6.30 pm for JAMES LANGDON, ON VECTORS FOR LOOKING. If you stay in one place it becomes easier to observe movement. Until your presence begins to interfere with what is going on. Then the thing you want to observe moves out of view and you have to follow it. But now it is almost impossible to recover your original position . . . What are you looking at anyway? If you want to see what is really there – the truth – you might have to accept that looking is always a matter of faith.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER at 6.30 pm for the screening of BLUE by DEREK JARMAN. This screening is the second in a series in partnership with Tate Liverpool, programmed in view of the museum’s current exhibition "Yves Klein: Theatre of the Void," curated by Darren Pih. Jarman made “Blue” in 1993 after seeing a monochrome painting by Klein at the Tate Gallery in 1974. He dedicated the film to the French artist, originally including a photograph of a painting by Klein using the ultramarine pigment solution patented as "International Klein Blue."

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Please join us on THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER at 6.30 pm for KEYWORDS FOR DUMMIES: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. "Keywords for Dummies" is a new series of talks presented by The Serving Library in an effort to saddle some commonly used terms that remain wildly misunderstood despite being highly circulated. We begin with Liverpool-based curator Darren Pih and Italian writer Vincenzo Latronico on the subject of Intellectual Property.

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Please join us on SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER at 11 am for On Pentimenti a talk by SANYA KANTAROVSKY around and about The Librarian (2012), a small oil painting in The Serving Library’s archive of artifacts.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER at 8 pm for CGI (COLORLESS GREEN IDEAS), a talk on two levels concerning the recent (in)visibility of chroma-key green and other disappearing hues by LUCAS QUIGLEY and adapted from the bulletin by Lucas Benjamin.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 4 AUGUST at 8 pm for KANDINSKY ON COLOUR IN SPACE WITH NOTE, a demonstration of Bauhaus painter and pedagogue Wassily Kandinsky's 1924 thinking on the spiritual in art.

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Please join us on SUNDAY 10 JULY 2016 from 6 pm onwards for an extended introduction to the space and to celebrate the launch of BULLETINS OF THE SERVING LIBRARY #11 which is both printed in and concerned with COLOR.

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