City and Culture with Dinara KANYBEK
a cycle of presentations in the frame of Public Space Library program

The new library: an attempt to rethink the function and the meaning of public space

June 1, 2017, 7 pm

Zpace (Al. Sciusev str. 103, Chisinau)

The presentation was dedicated to the experience of reorganizing the municipal library of the city of Bishkek. An important element of the project was the reinterpretation of meanings and values as well as the temporal dimension of this complex process. The project of re-starting the library was the practical result of research on the whole network of municipal libraries in the city conducted by the “Urban Initiatives” team in 2014.  Based on these results, but also with the active participation of the Centralized System of Libraries Urban Initiatives initiated a process that took more than two years and ensured the success of the project. More complex, but also more important was the process of collective reflection – the project was oriented not only on spatial transformation, but also about the value and content of the library collection. The whole process was open and accessible, a fact that was surprising to local residents - many did not believe that they would have the opportunity and the possibility to participate. This also revealed some of the attitudes of citizens, especially related to the collective design of the environment and space in the city. On the basis of this experience, Ms. Kanybek

also will discuss the role of the “interpreter” (in this case the librarian).

Dinara Kanybek kyzy is an artist, curator and researcher from Kyrgyzstan with interests in local communities, public spaces, and local identities.


These presentations are part of the series  City and Culture and are organized under the umbrella of the Public Space Library program, a project supported by the European Cultural Foundation, in the framework of Connected Action for the Commons program and the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Moldova.
The series City and Culture aims to explore the city and the urban life from a variety of perspectives: anthropological, historical, philosophical, political, artistic etc.

This presentation is being organized with the support of the CEC Arts Link in the framework of Art Prospect.