Goethe-Institut New York Library
How Can a Digital be gift? DaviD Horvitz
The End(s) of the Library is a series of artist commis- sions taking place at the goethe-institut new York library from october 2012 – June 2013 organized by Jenny Jaskey. for the first of these projects, David Horvitz will address the role of digital rights management (DrM) within the library’s infrastructure. working with a group of artists and independent publishers, Horvitz
will attempt to make a generous donation of artist books to the goethe-institut new York library in digital format. His gift will be contingent upon these materials being available to library users for an un-limited time- frame and without restriction for edition size. both of these aspects of e-books—their length of use and num- ber of copies — are currently limited within the e-book system, in which each book is understood as a singular object. Horvitz’ contribution, entitled How Can a Digital be Gift?, will explore the challenges of the digital for- mat to the library’s circulation model, emphasizing the important role played by third-party distributors who provide the online platforms necessary for sharing digital content. with these platforms, libraries no longer own the books in their collections, but rather subscribe to them as rented data.
to carry out his project, Horvitz will be in residence at the goethe-institut new York, integrating his col- lecting and digitization work into the library’s everyday existence. He will maintain an active blog documenting
How Can a Digital be gift?
various aspects of his project, and will embark upon an extended conversation with the goethe-institut library staff and their information providers. in celebration of the artist books donated to the goethe-institut, Horvitz will host a special event and book launch with digital publisher badlands Unlimited / bffa3ae, the los angeles-based music group lucky Dragons, and andrew beccone of the reanimation library on Monday, november 26, 2012 beginning at 7 p.m.
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