All programs and publishing at The Serving Library are generously supported by Arts Council England.

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Please join us on WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 6:30 PM for DAVID CROWLEY, ON "TY I JA" [YOU AND ME]. David Crowley will introduce us to “Ty i Ja,” a magazine run by the communist women’s league in communist Poland until around 1960, when it was hijacked by a group of young artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers. Thereafter, it served as a vehicle for fantasies largely prohibited in the Soviet bloc. "Ty i Ja" was at first used like a seance—to make contact with the dead from the world before the “revolution." Later, it became the home of a cargo cult: its pages filled with sparkling “pop" advertisements for products in such short supply that they needed no promotion. The evening will also include screenings of films: extracts from Vera Chytilova’s “Daisies," Walerian Borowczyk’s “House," and Roman Polanski’s “Lamp."

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Please join us on THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER 7:30 PM for WINTER SERVING VARIETY BENEFIT LIBRARY GALA SHOW. Music from OMD‘s “Dazzle Ships” reworked by the band for the occasion and performed with live semaphore; a special Keywords for Dummies session on “algorithm” explained by David Reinfurt with a pack of oversized playing cards; irregular punctuation by parallax percussion double-act Rattle; an acoustic set by Spanish troubadour Victor Herrero; an exclusive screening of The Great Silence (2015) by artists Allora & Calzadilla; and a specially commissioned limited edition woodcut by artist Sanya Kantarovsky titled Perspectives -- also the theme of upcoming Bulletins of The Serving Library #12.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 6:30 PM for James Langdon On Vectors for LOOKing. If you stay in one place it becomes easier to observe movement. Until your presence begins to interfere with what is going on. Then the thing you want to observe moves out of view and you have to follow it. But now it is almost impossible to recover your original position . . . What are you looking at anyway? If you want to see what is really there – the truth – you might have to accept that looking is always a matter of faith.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 6:30 PM for the screening of "Blue" by Derek Jarman. This screening is the second in a series in partnership with Tate Liverpool, programmed in view of the museum’s current exhibition "Yves Klein: Theatre of the Void," curated by Darren Pih. Jarman made “Blue” in 1993 after seeing a monochrome painting by Klein at the Tate Gallery in 1974. He dedicated the film to the French artist, originally including a photograph of a painting by Klein using the ultramarine pigment solution patented as "International Klein Blue."

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Please join us on THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 6:30 PM for Keywords for Dummies: *Intellectual Property.* "Keywords for Dummies" is a new series of talks presented by The Serving Library in an effort to saddle some commonly used terms that remain wildly misunderstood despite being highly circulated. We begin with Liverpool-based curator Darren Pih and Italian writer Vincenzo Latronico on the subject of Intellectual Property.

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Please join us on SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 11 AM for On Pentimenti a talk by Sanya Kantarovsky around and about The Librarian (2012), a small oil painting in The Serving Library’s archive of artifacts. Coffee and croissants will be served.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER at 8pm for CGI (COLORLESS GREEN IDEAS), a talk on two levels concerning the recent (in)visibility of chroma-key green and other disappearing hues by Lucas Quigley and adapted from the bulletin by Lucas Benjamin. The bar will be open, serving for a modest fee. All welcome.

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Please join us on THURSDAY 4 AUGUST at 8pm for KANDINSKY ON COLOUR IN SPACE WITH NOTE, a demonstration of Bauhaus painter and pedagogue Wassily Kandinsky's 1924 thinking on the spiritual in art. Drinks will be served. All welcome.

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Please join us on SUNDAY 10TH JULY 2016 from 6pm onwards for an extended introduction to the space and to celebrate the launch of BULLETINS OF THE SERVING LIBRARY #11 which is both printed in and concerned with color.

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The Serving Library at 35 Water Street is NOW OPEN and will remain so at irregular hours and by appointment (phone 07957 738578). Once or twice a month it will also host evening events relating directly to the Bulletins — talks, films, seminars, and the like. And later in the year it will offer the first in a seasonal series of extended workshops organized in collaboration with specific arts schools but freely open to members of the public.

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