9 Mar 2024 All day Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP


This is a closed event for participating artists and invited speakers.

Join us for the Expanded Librarian exhibition opening on 9 March from 18:30 – 20:30, all are welcome!

Join us for the exhibition opening, all are welcome! This event will include performances by some of the artists.

About the exhibition

The Expanded Librarian exhibition at CRASSH is a first result of a series of collaborative workshops and seminars that investigated different approaches to what the figure of an expanded librarian can add to current conversations about Text+Image in art, literature, publishing and performance contexts – theoretically, methodologically and as an artistic strategy. Four sub-groups within the research project have taken on the following threads:

  • Text+Image Migrations: translation, transcription, transformation
  • Text+Image Remediations: intermediality, reproduction, intertextuality
  • Text+Image Interpretations: (creative) mis-recognitions & mis-identifications
  • Text+Image Automations: constructed & generated content

Following CRASSH’s investigation of interdisciplinary approaches, the exhibition brings visual artists and writers together in collaborative thought processes and group activities through integrating aspects from digital humanities, generative computing, visual poetry, translation as a creative strategy, reenactment as participative writing, choreography…

Individual works

At the same time, the project fosters an environment for exchange about ongoing Text+Image projects, from which the current exhibition of large-scale posters shows work-in-progress snapshots.

We invite you to consider methods used to create text and image relations in the works presented, as well as the relationship between these methods and the theoretical framework under which they were made:  the still evolving concept of the Expanded Librarian. Join us in this exploration of interdisciplinary approaches that redefine the boundaries between text and image.

Participating artists

Beverley Carruthers, Emma Bolland, Jane Glennie, Jane Partner, Laura Bivolaru, Laura Rosser, Nicolas Lambouris, Paula Muhr, Robert Good, Sarah Blair, Sarah Messerschmit, Sharon Young, Simon Tyrrell, Sylee Gore, Tom Rogers, Wiebke Leister

About the Expanded Librarian project

The Expanded Librarian follows the ‘Writing Photographs’ research project that Beverley Carruthers and Wiebke Leister have been co-leading since 2015, which focused on how contemporary lens-based media integrates text and writing in cross-disciplinary installations and performances. The Expanded Librarian focuses on wider intermedial and intertextual approaches to investigate contemporary modes of collaborative image-text-production.


11:00 - 13:00

Workshop at Trinity Hall led by Grace Geldar

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch at the Alison Richard Building

14:30 - 18:30

Talk by guest speaker Delphine Grass

Followed by presentations:

  1. Text+Image Migrations: translation, transcription, transformation
  2. Text+Image Remediations: intermediality, reproduction, intertextuality
  3. Text+Image Interpretations: (creative) mis-recognitions & mis-identifications
  4. Text+Image Automations: constructed & generated content
18:30 - 20:30

Public opening of the exhibition, all welcome

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