Jul 12

The Library of Immediacy is Open!











On July 21st, PUBLIC SUMMER 2012 opened on Governors Island with the Library of Immediacy. Photos from the event can be seen here.

Feel free to come by and exchange your unwanted/special/favorite books and to add to the growing collection at the Library! In addition, bring your coveted objects to DADDY‘s ongoing display called #LOANER, where the histories of each object are being recorded and logged.

Join us on weekends until September 23rd for events and workshops at the Library of Immediacy.

A detailed list of our events can be found here. All events are free and open to all ages.















August events include:
Sunday, August 5

Join the Occupy Puppet Guild in a performance & puppet building workshop, all ages welcome!
Saturday, August 11
Add your Story to the Library of Immediacy. Make a Mini-book with Rachel Schragis.
Saturday, August 18
Join Occupy University for a Critical Walking on Governors Island.
August 19, 25 + 26th
Think Tank Discussions including “For the future of island/lesson on lesser islands”

See you on the island!

The Library of Immediacy is open on Saturdays and Sundays. For directions to Governors island, click here.


Jul 12


Join SUPERFRONT and Figment in celebrating the opening of the outdoor installation, PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy, on Governors Island, Saturday, July 21 from 2-5 pm. The Library of Immediacy was designed and constructed by the architectural duo, saA, who are Amy Chang and Seo Young Shin. The event will include a performance by artist Devin Kenny, live Music by Alex Berne, and Sonnet Boom! with Ama Birch. Visitors are welcome to bring books and objects to the site that hold personal meaning to add to the growing collection at the the outdoor Library.

Located on the Parade Grounds on Governors Island, The Library of Immediacy will host an ongoing, community-curated installation by The People’s Library and artist collective, DADDY, on weekends from July 21st-September 23rd. Visitors are welcome to donate and exchange reading materials at this new satellite of the People’s Library. In addition, concurrent with The Library of Immediacy, DADDY presents #LOANER, a democratically curated, anecdotal, and didactic display of objects. Viewers are asked to present and create wall text for personal items; objects may be loaned if replaced with a similar object for display. The collection will be subsequently archived through social media and an oversized log book. Through this mediated accumulation, an index emerges that supersedes the importance of the individual.

In addition, SUPERFRONT, along with The People’s Library, DADDY, and Bed-Stuy-based arts group, FOKUS, invite you to take part in events and workshops every weekend for the duration of the summer. For a full schedule of events, such as readings and DIY bookmaking workshops, please visit our website: www.newyork.superfront.org/summer2012

This opening event is concurrent with ongoing events on Governors Island and is located next to the FIGMENT Site. For questions please contact andrea@superfront.org. Click here for a press release.

Governors Island, NY
Governors Island is accessible via ferry from both Manhattan and Brooklyn on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays only from 10-7pm. For a detailed ferry schedule, click here.
Once on Governors Island, follow signage to PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy.

PUBLIC SUMMER is made possible by Materials For The Arts, Build it Green NYC, other partners, and novice construction volunteers.


Jun 12

Announcing the winning design of PUBLIC SUMMER on Governors Island

SUPERFRONT is proud to congratulate saA for their winning design entry: Fictional Figures.

FICTIONAL FIGURES situates a collection of objects in the landscape, a family of forms at once similar and singular.  The figures become the columns, tables and chairs for the library, arranging themselves in ways that create multiple scales of space, from the intimate (a nook to read) to the communal (a reading room).  Using a simple tectonic and set of manipulations, the project investigates the line between repetition and variation (considering material efficiencies, budget, limits of construction on one hand, playfulness on the other).  At the same time, the project plays a game of hide and seek in the landscape, using texture, material, form and color to blur distinctions between figure and field.

The charrette took place on Governors Island in historic Pershing Hall, where over 50 designers had only two hours to compete. PUBLIC SUMMER: Library of Immediacy will be a semi-outdoor space to support a curated set of public activities on Governors Island by The People’s Library and numberswiki.com

href=”http://daddybydaddy.com/” target=”_blank”>DADDY. Please stay tuned for summer programming announcements.

View more charrette photos on Flickr.

Jurors included: David Benjamin (The Living), Lauren Crahan (Freecell), Scott Hughes (Robert Silman Associates), Rocket Osborne (Figment), Cassim Shepard (Urban Omnibus), and Mabel Wilson (Columbia GSAPP).

About the designers:
saA is Amy Chang and Seo Young Shin. They met in graduate school at the Yale School of Architecture (M.Arch I class of 2011) where they discovered a shared love of drawing.  Through drawing they have explored themes of the real and unreal, reimagined the ordinary, articulated architectural space, and recorded adventures abroad.  They are interested in finding intersections between architecture, art, music and landscape. Amy is originally from the Bay Area and works at Davies Tang & Toews in Brooklyn.  Seo Young is from Seoul, South Korea and works at SOM, New York.

Public Summer: Library of Immediacy construction will be supported through donated materials from Materials For The Arts, Build it Green NYC, other partners, and novice construction volunteers.

Thank you very much to all who participated!