Reanimation Library: Highland Park Branch

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A sphere made of many kinds of triangles forms a geodesic dome for this hillside home constructed against a Los Angeles backdrop, Mathematics,1963 © Courtesy of Monte Vista
Reanimation Library: Highland Park Branch

1206 Maple Avenue
5th floor, #523
90015 Los Angeles
April 20th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013
Opening: April 21st, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

eagle rock/highland park
Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appointment


Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 pm

Please join us for the opening of the Highland Park Branch of the Reanimation Library on Sunday, April 21 from 7–9 pm!

The Highland Park Branch is a temporary "spore" of the Brooklyn-based Reanimation Library. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of mainstream circulation. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from local thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles, and are given new life as resource material for artists, writers, and other cultural archeologists.

The opening event will feature new work informed by books from the Highland Park Branch. Participating artists and performers include: Tristan Duke, Ken Ehrlich, Cayetano Ferrer, Corey Fogel, Helki Frantzen, Katie Herzog, Khalil Huffman, Cassandra C. Jones, Rob Ray, Sarah Simons, and Julie Tolentino.

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The Reanimation Library: Highland Park Branch is organized by Aurora Tang and Jen Hofer in collaboration with Reanimation Library Founder Andrew Beccone and Monte Vista Projects.

Additional Highland Park Branch programming

April 18, 8 pm
Reanimation Library Debriefing and Word Processor Launch
(at Machine Project)

Reanimation Library founder Andrew Beccone will present an overview of the library's history, objectives, and activities. Los Angeles-based writers Colin Dickey and Bruna Mori will read from their contributions to Word Processor, the library's ongoing exploration of its own holdings.

Dickey will respond to Abyss: The Deep Sea and the Creatures that Live in It, while Mori will tackle a new (and as-of-yet uncataloged) acquisition, Seeing Well Again Without Your Glasses. The evening will culminate in a completely routine—yet often hidden—celebration of technological hoo-ha by publically uploading electronic files to the library's web host via an FTP client, thus "launching" the new installment of Word Processor. Sparklers will be at hand.

April 19, 8 pm
Evening of Various Wonders with Abraham Ávila, Andrew Beccone, Rachel Bers, Sesshu Foster, Jorge Galván John Pluecker, and Arturo Romo Santillano, and danceable tunes by Arshia Haqqani and Kirk Gee (at 2905 Elm Street, 90065)

April 28, 3–5 pm
Exploring Sand Painting with Helki Frantzen

Join Helki Frantzen as she rediscovers the the lost art of sand painting. Bring your own clear vessel and try your hand at some of the techniques illustrated in Sand Painting for Terrariums & Aquariums, 1975. Workshop is limited to 12 persons. RSVP at

May 4–5*
Your New Image Through Color & Line: Writing & Publication Workshop with Les Figues Press

Les Figues Press will create and publish a reanimated version of Your New Image Through Color & Line. This 1981 book written by Gerrie Pinckney and Marge Swenson, directors of the Fashion Academy in Southern California, recognized that "today's woman is often juggling a career, family life, and involvement in home and community," and that "if you look like a winner, becoming a winner is easier."

Using a tool-box of pre-selected writing constraints, the Les Figues team of writers and producers will re-imagine this text for today's busy image-maker. What is the difference, if any, between an image made on the page, though a book, or with a body? Together, we will explore the social construction of image-making as performance and creative act. The team will have two days to animate the text. The project will culminate with the publication and performance of the text.

The Les Figues Press team is comprised of individuals who play and have played key roles in the production of Les Figues books—as authors, designers, editors, curators, fundraisers, interns, and more—showcasing the kind of group effort it takes to make books that prioritize language and aesthetics over commercial appeal. All planning and workshop sessions will be held during open library hours, for the public's viewing pleasure.


Amanda Ackerman, Andrew Wessels, Chris Hershey-Van Horn, Coco Owen, Harold Abramowitz, Janice Lee, Matias Viegener, Michael du Plessis, Renée Petropoulos, Saehee Cho, Teresa Carmody


Planning Session
Sunday, April 21, 1-3 pm

Production Sessions
Saturday, May 4: 12-5 pm
Sunday, May 5: 12-3 pm

Publication Party & Performance
Sunday, May 5: 3 pm

May 19, 7–9 pm
Branch Closing Event with Word Processor Readings and a performance by TONY