The Glasshouse: What Will the Library of the Future Look Like?
Bethany Atkinson-Quinton welcomes Claire G. Coleman and Thanh Hằng Phạm to The Glasshouse to discuss 2222, an experimental audio experience featured in the Emerging Writers Festival.
What will the library of the year 2222 look like? 2222 plays in the world between dystopia and utopia, examining questions surrounding history, archival, extinction and the role of libraries in society. Taking place at the State Library of Victoria, 2222 invites participants to wander the space, headphones on, to imagine a future of AI-librarians and holographic texts.
Claire and Thanh Hằng don’t want to spoil where the experience goes, but speak with Bethany about the lack of neutrality that brick-and-mortar libraries often hold. ‘Libraries have never been a neutral space, they’ve always been a colonised and colonising space, there is that problem,’ says Claire. Of 2222, she casts it as an act of ‘speaking back...unpacking what the future could mean’.