Luminous Books is an independent bookshop and project space, based in London, UK, specialising in second hand literature, art and cultural theory alongside a collection of artists books, with a particular interest in the relationship between art and fiction and alternative activity around the book form.
The installation at UNIT/PITT is a collaboration with artist-led book project Owl Cave, based in San Francisco, responding to the internal logic of building and navigating a collection, and features extracts from Owl Cave’s library of feminist literature and a selection of contemporary artists’ publications. The curated collection of books at Unit/Pitt will shift and alter with each sale, reorganizing itself to accommodate losses and gains, breathing. Collapsible shelving designed for the project by Charlotte Kennedy (Emily Carr University of Art & Design) in response to the idea of a portable library.
A new publication, TO RIDDLE, TO READ, will launch late March taking the form of a cumulative reading list around Vancouver’s artist-run culture with contributions from spaces and projects engaged in alternative activity around the book form and independent art publishing.
“Intersection: first word of simultaneously magical and scientific consonance. Word which I granted the absolute power to link and bind things, according to fabulous logics.”
Decompression Chamber, by Mattia Denisse.. From Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air, by Joao Maria Gusmao + Pedro Paiva, 2009.