About the Library

The Survival Library was a project set up by Standart Thinking, Lise Hovesen and Javier Rodriguez, which houses a collection of books, films, magazines and journals. The shelving and felt-clad alcoves reflect the functional design principles of Alexander Rodchenko’s ‘Design for a Workers Club’, promoting the idea of productive leisure time and interdisciplinary research.

An aim of the library is to highlight links between creative practice and agroecology, and much of the literature is devoted to these subjects. Items include artist books, exhibition catalogues, psychoanalytic texts, poetry, self-sufficiency manuals, environmental philosophy, local history publications and farming textbooks. The DVD collection has developed around the Food & Farming Film Festival programme.

We are developing plans for the future to make the The Survival Library publicly accessible.

library shelves general shot

A selection of items from the collection are included here.