Free Book Incident at [storefront] Olson Kundig

Location Seattle, Washington
Director Kirsten R. Murray

Inspired by The Book Thing, a long-running book exchange in Baltimore, Maryland, [storefront] partnered with Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers for The Free Book Incident, which explored what can happen when books are made available for free.

A diagram illustrating the movement of the kinetic bookshelves becomes a decorative element in the space.

Here, books were more than pages and binding; they were a catalyst for a series of events, from readings and bookmaking classes to writing workshops. A team of interns from Olson Kundig designed a kinetic bookshelf that offered a variety of settings in which visitors could browse for books. The goal was to create an engaging environment that promoted access to books and allowed visitors to interact with them and one another in surprising ways.

It is not a book store (there is nothing for sale); it is not a library (there is nothing to return). The Incident is a place for exploration, engagement, ideas, activity, conversation—and ultimately, alchemy—all of it generated by the decommidification of books.

Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc Collaborator

A series of events from readings, performances and bookmaking classes to writing workshops and book clubs took place during the months of January and February 2013.

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