ML010013811 ML – 4 – 8th September 2014 4:15pm

Although containing a lot of Architecture magazines, this bin is quite varied, making for some interesting conversations.

Objects include:
Information technology, action movies, documentaries on corruption, satiric video recordings on giving performance reviews, settling your baby, architecture magazines.

Date: 8th September 2014 4:15pm
Bin: ML010013811_ML-4
Abortion, corruption and cops [vide | 363.46 ABOR
The Dreaded appraisal [videorecordi | 658.3125 DREA
The art of war [videorecording]. | 700.994 ARTW
Super size me [videorecording] | Ha 647.95 SUPE
Settling your baby [videorecording] | 649.122 SETL
Information technology in business | 658.05 INFM
The unorganised manager. Part 3, Di | 658.402 UNOR [3]
Great Australian albums. The Saints | 782.42 SAIN
I’d like a word with you [videoreco | 658.314 IDLI

combined ML010013811_ML-4


ML010031811_ML-10 – 8th September 2014 4:15pm

In this bin consisting mainly of legal books and journals, we observed a strange musical communication. It would seem they have found a way to dramatise what could be interpreted as “dry” content.

Date: 8th September 2014 4:15pm
Bin: ML010031811_ML-10
Objects: Burton’s Legal Thesaurus, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, The Canadian Bar Review


Bin ML020032521 ML-8 8th September, 2014


Contents (all journals):
54 x Laws and Bills
2 x Building Services
2 x Pol Oxygen
1 x Vanity Fair
7 x Details*  *”The definitive destination for modern men seeking to curate a more refined lifestyle”

In a recent workshop on facilitating group work involving 30 academics from different faculties, it was interesting to see how people self selected into groups based upon what I can only put down to appearance as most of us didn’t know each other. On two tables were brightly coloured or stylishly dressed design and architecture faculty members, on the other tables, everyone else. I moved to a group of maths/business/engineering participants to have an opportunity to work with people more likely to think differently to me. It was at first frustrating as there were some very dominating and non-inclusive voices and it didn’t seem we had much common ground, but by the end of the session we listened to each other, built on each others expertise and embraced varying concerns including the installation of a security camera to watch over our harbour-side communal kitchen.

What, if at all will the the journal Details, “The definitive destination for modern men seeking to curate a more refined lifestyle” discuss with Laws and Bills? Or will Details, Pol Oxygen and Vanity Fair form an exclusive group?


The Library Retrieval System

The Library Retrieval System, otherwise known as the LRS, is a state of the art automated underground storage and retrieval system. The LRS has six aisles, each served by a 15m robotic crane on rails.
Objects, including, books and journals are stored in 12,000 galvanised steel bins of four different heights. There is capacity of around 1 million items.

Unlike the Blake Library where objects are classified by the Dewey Decimal system, objects in the LRS are classified according to their spine height. Objects may move around different bins as they are borrowed then returned.

AREA OF INTEREST 1 – Conversations – Audio
Little is known about the inter-relational communication between the objects whilst they are waiting to be requested. Given that they may only have their spine height in common, what do they talk about? How do they “get to know” each other? How do they feel about being where they are? Is their knowledge and perspectives expanded by exposure to objects from other worlds? After they “get to know each other”, how do they feel when they are plucked out and placed in another bin. Do they embrace this opportunity? Will they ever rest with the same books again? What stories would they then share?

Is this all a moot point given that the books, armed with RFID technology and listed in a database can communicate outside the physical realm?

Through additional state of the art technology and innovative research methodology, we are undertaking a study to listen to the conversations and observe the dynamics of the objects residing within the LRS.

Chris Gaul, UTS Library Artist in Residence, 2012, pondered the question “What if books could talk?”, this research is being extended by the question “What do they talk about to each other?”.

AREA OF INTEREST 2 – Data Visualisation
A) Representation of LRS activity mapped to a 3D model of the space in real-time
B) Artistic representation of the LRS activity in real-time
C) Investigation of ePaper / Ink displays to make a link to paper (and because the aesthetic qualities are interesting)

AREA OF INTEREST 3 – Tangible Data Visualisation
Reflection of library activity represented by tangible interfaces such as paint, print outs, led drips… Located in the central stairwell.